April home sales up in So Cali

(Per info from article by Eliot Spagat on The Associated Press)

Southern California homebuyers stepped off the sidelines in April, snatching up foreclosures and homes priced under $500,000 at a rate that was 22 percent higher than in March but down 19 percent from April 2007 and the lowest level since 1995, according to DataQuick Information Services.

Keep this in mind. . .

-The median home price for the six-county region was $385,000, unchanged from March but down 24 percent from an April 2007 peak of $505,000. April marked the first time in eight months that the median price did not decline.

-Sales were strongest in areas hit hardest by foreclosures: Riverside County (where sales increased month to month for the first time in two years), Lancaster, Chula Vista, Anaheim, Lake Forest and Victorville experienced the strongest rebounds. Two-thirds of homes sold during the month in Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego counties were priced under $500,000. About 38 percent of the homes sold were in foreclosure at some point during the previous year, up only 2 percent from March but sharply higher than the 5 percent reported a year ago.
In Riverside County, 53 percent of sales involved troubled properties.

-The credit crunch, potential for a recession, and uncertainty over when foreclosures will peak caused DataQuick analysts to remain cautious. Lack of financing for high-value homes continues to be an issue and could forestall a recovery if the trend persists. In April, only 15 percent of Southern California home loans were above $417,000, down sharply from the same period a year ago.

To read the full story by Elliot Spagat, please click here:

Menifee & Sun City Info (From Dataquick )

             # sold           avg price        last year avg   difference

MENIFEE 98 $277,500 $390,000 -28.85%

SUN CITY 98 $241,750 $339,250 -28.74%

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