The median home price in California in May notched the biggest year-over-year increase in 30 years, up 31.9 percent to $417,350 from $316,460, according to the California Association of Realtors (CAR). The last time the sunshine state’s median home price increased with similar momentum was in February of 1980 when prices soared 29.1 percent to $94,489 from $75,520 in February the year prior.
Likely catalysts for last month’s increase are fewer sales of distressed properties and higher transactions dealing with more expensive homes, says Leslie Appleton-Young, CAR associate vice president and chief economist.
“We’ve had a big drop off in distressed property sales and with the price appreciation you have home sellers coming off the fence and listing (homes). Demand is incredibility strong,” Appleton-Young recently told the Los Angeles Daily Sun.
Appleton-Young also noted that home buyers are making larger down payments and benefitting from stable loan products.
“While home prices are increasing at levels above those observed in 2006-2007, the fundamentals of the housing market are much more solid than what we experienced a few years ago,” Appleton-Young continued.
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While the housing market is showing signs of stabilization, potential homebuyers are moving forward, albeit with caution. As the market continues to rebound, Loans4Less.com offers potential homebuyers a wide range of online resources, such as mortgage calculators, service partners, organizational tools, industry news, and even a searchable glossary where potential buyers can familiarize themselves with mortgage lingo.
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