Wednesday, May 20, 2015

CoreLogic: Southern California April Home Sales up 8.5% Year-over-year

by Bill McBride on 5/20/2015 04:26:00 PM

From CoreLogic (formerly DataQuick): CoreLogic Reports Southern California Home Sales Rose 8.5 Percent Year over Year in April 2015

A total of 21,708 new and existing houses and condominiums sold in April 2015 in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Ventura, San Bernardino and Orange counties, up 9.9 percent month over month from 19,760 sales in March 2015. April 2015 sales also rose by 8.5 percent compared to April 2014 when there were 20,008 sales, marking the second straight month with year-over-year increases. Southern California home sales in April 2015 were the second highest for the month of April since 2006, only behind April 2013 when 21,795 homes sold.

Sales activity picked up last month, making it one of the stronger Aprils since the housing bust, though sales remained below average," said Andrew LePage, a data analyst for CoreLogic. "Many buyers still face credit and affordability hurdles, and the inventory of homes for sale remains relatively tight in many markets. New home construction is still well below historically normal levels, too."
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Real estate-owned (REO) sales represented 4.5 percent of all Southern California home sales in April, down from 5.1 percent of sales in March 2015 and down from 5.2 percent in April 2014.
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Short sales accounted for 4.4 percent of total sales in April, up from 4 percent in March 2015 and down from 5 percent in April 2014.
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The NAR will release existing home sales for April tomorrow at 10:00 AM ET. The consensus is for sales of 5.22 million on seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR) basis, up about 10% from April 2014.