Bay Area Home Sales Continue To Show Strength

Bay Area Home Sales Continue To Show Strength Home sales in the San Francisco Bay Area increased last month to their highest level for an April since 2006, according to new data from San Diego-based DataQuick.

DataQuick reports that the median sale price rose year-over-year for the first time in 19 months, reaching its highest point since September 2010. A total of 7,675 new and resale homes sold in the nine-county Bay Area last month – virtually unchanged from the 7,694 recorded in the prior month and up 13.1% from 6,789 in April a year ago.

The median price paid for all new and resale houses and condos sold in the Bay Area last month was $390,000 – up 8.9% from $358,000 in March and up 8.3% from $360,000 in April 2011.

Distressed-property sales made up about 40% of April's resale market, down from about 44% the month before and 45% a year ago. Foreclosure resales accounted for 21.7% of resales in April – the lowest since 18.8% in January 2008 – while short sales made up an estimated 18.1% of Bay Area resales last month.

Buyers who appear to have paid for their homes in cash accounted for 28.8% of sales in April. Cash buyers paid a median of $270,000 in April, up from $250,000 the prior month and $262,000 a year earlier.

‘It appears that the market is taking a step in the direction of normalization, but only a step,’ says John Walsh, president of DataQuick. ‘We're still watching technical indicators more than top-line sales counts and median prices. The mortgage market is critical, as is market mix and the receding importance of foreclosure resales.’


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