This article orginally appeared in The Daily Breeze.
State housing market improving, housing prices at 2010 high
California’s housing market continued to show signs of improvement in June, as home sales experienced solid gains annually and home prices reached their highest level since August 2010, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) said this week.
Making sense of the story
- June sales rose 8.5 percent from June 2011’s revised 478,040 pace. Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California declined 8.6 percent from May’s revised 567,330 to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 518,460 in June. The statewide sales figure represents what would be the total number of homes sold during 2012 if sales maintained the June pace throughout the year and is adjusted to account for seasonal factors that typically influence home sales.
- June’s price rose 1.3 percent from a revised $316,410 in May and 8.1 percent from a revised $296,410 recorded in June 2011. The June 2012 figure was 30.7 percent higher than the cyclical bottom of $245,230 reached in February 2009. The median price has posted above the $300,000 level for the third straight month after remaining below that mark for 15 months.
- California’s housing inventory remained flat in June, with the Unsold Inventory Index for existing, single-family detached homes remaining at 3.5 months in June, consistent with the inventory level reported in May. June’s housing inventory was down from a revised 5.1 months in June 2011. The index indicates the number of months needed to sell the supply of homes on the market at the current sales rate. A 7-month supply is considered normal.