5/03/2010

House and Condo Selling Prices in Long Beach for April 2010

Was April the month of the "Effect of the IRS Tax Credit"?  While I've been telling some people that the median price of condos, townhomes and lofts was still trending downward, for the city as a whole, it's been trending upward, by quite a bit. Truthfully, it's been jumping around all over the place. March and April saw increases from the prior year, with April showing a 25% increase in median price from last year to over $240,000, but not as high as September, 2009's median price of $255,000.

A similar graph for single family homes for April shows a 10% increase in the median price for Long Beach, to $370,000, with a different peak in price showing for last November at over $400,000 (the first "end" of the IRS buyer tax credit). For Los Angeles County in March, per tax data, condos priced at $325,000, a decrease from $330,000 in March 2009.

The median price for the city does not tell the entire story, and anyone wishing an analysis of their zip code or housing area should contact me for a custom report. For Los Angeles County per tax data, the single family home median price for March 2010 was at $340,000, an increase from $303,000 for March 2009.

Sales volume for LA County in March in both categories increased over the prior year.

Long Beach, just by looking at these statistics, is definitely looking like the "bright spot" as described recently by CAR economist Leslie Appleton-Young.

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