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Final Look at Local Housing Markets in April

by Calculated Risk on 5/22/2023 11:56:00 AM

Today, in the Calculated Risk Real Estate Newsletter: Final Look at Local Housing Markets in April

A brief excerpt:

California Home Sales Down 36.1% YoY in April, Median Prices Decline 7.8% YoY

Here is the press release from the California Association of Realtors® (C.A.R.): Higher mortgage rates and low housing inventory restrain California home sales in April, C.A.R. reports

• Existing, single-family home sales totaled 267,880 in April on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate, down 4.7 percent from March and down 36.1 percent from April 2022.

• April’s statewide median home price was $815,340, up 3.0 percent from March and down 7.8 percent from April 2022. …

And a table of April sales.

NAR vs Local Markets NSAIn April, sales in these markets were down 26.1%. In March, these same markets were down 20.5% YoY Not Seasonally Adjusted (NSA).

This was a larger YoY decline NSA in April than in March for these markets, however there was one less selling day in April this year.

My early expectation is we will see a somewhat similar level of sales in May as in April
. 30-year mortgage rates averaged about 6.4% in February and March (for closed sales in April), and 30-year rates averaged 6.44% in March and April (about the same).

More local data coming in June for activity in May!

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