California home prices hit highest level in five years

Driven by strong sales in high-end coastal areas and shrinking inventory, California’s median home price hit its highest level in March since May 2008, according to the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.)

Making sense of the story Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a revised seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 417,520, according to information collected by C.A.R.from more than 90 local REALTOR® associations and MLSs statewide.
March closings were up a slight 0.1 percent from a revised 417,310 in February but down 4.9 percent from a revised      439,260 in March 2012.  The statewide sales figure represents what would be the total number of homes sold during 2013 if sales maintained the March pace throughout the year.  It is adjusted to account for seasonal factors that typically influence home sales.

The statewide median price of an existing, single-family detached home climbed 13.7 percent from February’s $333,380      median price to $378,960 in March, reversing a two-month decline. The month-to-month increase was the highest since C.A.R. began tracking this statistic in 1979.  The March price was up 28.2 percent from a revised $295,630 recorded in March 2012, marking the 13th consecutive month of annual price increases and the ninth consecutive month of double-digit annual gains. 

The available supply of homes for sale fell significantly in March, falling to a 2.9-month supply, as measured by C.A.R.’s Unsold Inventory Index.  The March Unsold Inventory Index for existing, single-family detached homes was down from 3.6 months in February and down from 4.2 months in March 2012.  The index indicates the number of months needed to sell the supply of homes on the market at the current sales rate.  A six- to seven-month supply is considered normal.

Bottom line…Homes prices are soaring!  We are definitely in recovery!  Number of sales are expected to hit 5 million mark (where they were in 2006 at the peak) in California annually by next year, 4.7 million this year!  Riverside prices rising at 1.8% per month right now.  If you or someone you know is still sitting on the fence, time to jump in! At your service, Edith Gingerich, GRI, CRS, E-Pro, SRES  951-640-3881


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