- Properties are selling below list price, except in the San Francisco Bay Area.
- Sales remained vigorous in September, with more than 400,00 properties changing hands.
- The median price of an existing, single-family detached California home decreased 2.3 percent in September.
Summer’s end meant a pause in California’s push forward in home sales and rising prices.
The good news is that sales remained vigorous in September, with more than 400,000 properties changing hands. The specifics: According to the California Association of Realtors (CAR), September’s seasonally adjusted annualized rate of closed sales is 425,030 existing, single-family detached homes.
According to the group, that makes a streak of six months over 400,000, and gains on a year-to-year basis for the eighth straight month.
The September figure was down 1.5 percent from the revised 431,630 level in August but up 6.9 percent compared with the year-over-year figure of a revised 397,490. The year-to-year change was lower than the six-month average increase of 9.7 percent observed between March 2015 and August 2015.
CAR President Chris Kutzkey points out that even though the market sees improvement over last year, new disclosure rules set to impact purchases may slow loan processing times in the near future.
“While home sales continue to improve from last year, it will be interesting to see what impact the new implementation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Know Before You Owe TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure, or TRID, will have on home sales in the future,” Kutzkey said.
“Some sales that would have closed in October may be delayed because of longer loan processing times. In the first week of its implementation, mortgage applications have already seen a significant drop, partially due to the volume that was pulled forward prior to TRID’s effective date.”
The TRID effective date was October 3, 2015.
The median price of an existing, single-family detached California home decreased 2.3 percent in September to $482,150 from a revised $493,510 in August. September’s median price was 4.3 percent higher than the revised $462,380 recorded last year at this time.
“In the first week of its implementation, mortgage applications have already seen a significant drop, partially due to the volume that was pulled forward prior to TRID’s effective date.” – CAR President Chris Kutzkey
Properties are selling below list price, except in the San Francisco Bay Area. The statewide measure indicated that homes sold at a median of 98.5 percent of the list price in September, up slightly from 98 percent at the same time last year. The Bay Area is the only region where homes are selling above original list prices due to limited supply, with a ratio of 102.4 percent in September, up from 101.2 percent a year ago.
San Francisco had the highest price per square foot in September with $770 per-square-foot, followed by San Mateo ($723 per-square-foot), and Santa Clara ($577 per-square-foot). The three counties with the lowest price per square foot in September were Madera ($118 per-square-foot), Kings ($118 per-square-foot), and Tulare ($120 per-square-foot).
While sales continued to improve from last year at the state level, the number of active listings continued to slide, losing 1.9 percent from August, and 7.2 percent from last September.
The September Unsold Inventory Index remained at 3.7 months, unchanged from August but was down from 4.2 months in September 2014.
It took slightly longer to sell a home in September, to 32.6 days compared with 29.9 days in August, but down from a revised 36.3 days in September 2014.
The average price per square foot for an existing single-family home continues it’s upward trend, and was $236 in September 2015, unchanged from August but up from a revised $231 in September 2014.
Mortgage rates continued their downward trend in September, with the 30-year, fixed-mortgage interest rate averaging 3.89 percent, down from 3.91 percent in August and 4.16 percent in September 2014, according to Freddie Mac. Adjustable-mortgage interest rates also slipped, averaging 2.59 percent, down from 2.60 percent in August and 2.43 percent in September 2014.