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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

DataQuick: SoCal home sales decline in August

by Calculated Risk on 9/14/2010 02:57:00 PM

From DataQuick: Southern California Home Sales Fall in August; Median Price Dips

Southland home sales fell last month to the lowest level for an August in three years and the second-lowest in 18, the result of a worrisome job market and a lost sense of urgency among home shoppers. ... [sales were] down 2.1 percent from 18,946 sales in July, and down 13.8 percent from 21,502 sales in August 2009.

Last month’s sales were the lowest for the month of August since 2007, when 17,755 homes sold, and the second-lowest since August 1992, when 16,379 sold. Last month’s sales were 31.5 percent lower than the August average of 27,070 sales since 1988, when DataQuick’s statistics begin. The average change in sales between July and August is a gain of 3.9 percent ...

“The loss of home buyer tax credits explains much of the sales weakness over the past two months. But other factors are suppressing sales, too, such as the lack of meaningful job growth and potential buyers’ concerns about job security. Also, for many out home shopping now, there’s little beyond ultra-low mortgage rates to pressure them to buy sooner rather than later, especially in areas where the number of homes for sale is climbing,” said John Walsh, MDA DataQuick president.
The DataQuick data includes new home sales, but this suggests existing home sales in August were weak nationwide. I'll be looking for the compilation of regional reports from Tom Lawler!