Real Estate Recovery in So. California: Home Sales Increase 16th Straight Month, Prices 6th Month
October marked the 16th month in a row with a year-over-year sales gain, although last month’s was the smallest of those increases. In October, the median price paid for a Southland home was $280,000, up 1.8% from $275,000 in September but down 6.7% from $300,000 in October 2008. It was the median’s smallest annual decline for any month since September 2007, when the median fell 4% from a year earlier. September 2007 – one month after the current credit crunch hit – marked the beginning of a 26-month streak of year-over-year declines in the median price.
The region’s overall median sale price has risen or held steady on a month-to-month basis ever since it dropped to a more-than 7-year low of $247,000 in April. Last month the median was 44.6% lower than the peak $505,000 median reached during several months in early and mid 2007.
MP: More evidence from October sales data that the real estate market in California has stabilized and is now starting to show continued signs of gradual monthly improvements. With 16 consecutive months of year-to-year sales increases, and now six straight months of price increases, it's looking more and more like a gradual, but solid recovery.