California median price rises in January

The median price of existing, single-family homes rose 15 percent in January, while sales declined 10.6 percent compared with the prior year, according to C.A.R.’s latest sales and price report.  The median price of an existing, single-family detached home in California during January was $287,440, a 15 percent increase from the revised $249,960 median for January 2009, according to the report.  The January median price declined 6.3 percent compared with December’s $306,820 median price.  Statewide home resale activity decreased 10.6 percent from the revised 602,660 unit sales pace recorded in January 2009. Sales in January 2010 decreased 3 percent compared with the previous month.

“Many sales that closed escrow in January were on homes with offers accepted during the holiday season–a time when many house hunters are first-time buyers,” said C.A.R. President Steve Goddard. “First-time buyers typically purchase homes priced below an area’s median home price. Reflecting this, the percentage of homes priced under $500,000 increased to 77 percent of all sales in January, compared with 75 percent in December.”

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