Market Update, And More Home Price Directions Are Moving UP

California prices by county
The median price paid for a Southern California home rose to $309,000 in August--that's an overall median for Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Ventura, San Bernardino and Orange counties--that's an increase of 10% compared to August 2011, and the highest median price since August 2008's median of $330,000.

Short sales and foreclosures (the distressed property market) are trending downward by 1%-2% from  July and previous months.  That does not mean they are going away, because the distressed property market is predicted to be here for a long time into the future.  The good news is that higher prices mean a lift out of the short sale category for some prospective sellers, or a higher net from a sale to put towards a new purchase. Short sales in the 6-county area were about 17% of sales, but locally, there are specific areas where they are still 50% or more of the market.

Drops in foreclosure inventory,  increases in sales of higher priced properties are part of the increase in home price.  The increase in numbers of properties in escrow is impacted by the lowest interest rates since the 1940s, which are likely to stay that way for some time into the future, this August was the highest August sales in the last 6 years.  The volume of sales however, is still 15% below the average calculated since 1988.

Investors, or "absentee buyers" bought 27% of the homes last month, and buyers paying with cash were 31%, paying a median amount of $235,000, an increased amount from last year.

Credit conditions for buyers, and therefore for sellers, are strict.  Buyers who currently occupy their homes and want to purchase a new one not only must meet all those loan requirements, but satisfy the lender's requirement for at least 30% equity or more in their property. If your property is currently a rental, the property's equity may not be an issue assuming you have satisfied other lender conditions.

Find more local trends for houses and townhouse/condos in Los Angeles and Orange Counties including housing affordability, months of inventory, median sales price (now up at 5.9% at $450,000 for the region covered by this report), and local inventory amounts. Just go to my site for this local regional report that covers cities including Lakewood, Long Beach, Cerritos, Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach down to Aliso Viejo and Rancho Margarita, out to Yorba Linda and Placentia, and many more cities in between.  A more specific report is available by zip code (here is 90713 in Lakewood) or by city--this one is for Long Beach.
For a copy of your local report, please contact me and I will be happy to send it to you.
Some selected prices:  the highest median sales price in the local region:  Corona del Mar at $1,700,000; Cerritos, $499,900; Long Beach, $320,000; Signal Hill, $410,000; Cypress, $422,500.

Click on the link to see Dataquick's Southern California report for August. Do you want to find out your home's current value?

Please go to What is My Home Worth for more information.

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