5/31/2006

California's Median Price for April

The statewide median price is 10.2 percent higher than April, 2005, even though number of residential sales is less. And, according to Dataquick, there was no drop in the median price for single family homes from March, 2006; there was a .1 percent increase in the median price of a condo from March, 2006. See my earlier post about the median price of the six Southern California counties as reported through Dataquick, which is lower than the statewide median.
If Orange County economist Gary Watt is to be believed, the buyer affordability index is based on assumptions about 40 years old because there were only 3 types of loans then, one being a standard conventional loan required a much higher down payment than conventional loans on the market today, including a no down payment loan which was unthinkable back then. So yes, there's a decrease in numbers of sales, but remember medians and averages don't always tell the local story. In fact, 339 out of 401 cities and communities still show an increase in their median prices from one year ago. Just click on the link for more information through the California Association of Realtors. For an MLS property search go to http://www.juliahuntsman.com.

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