Yesterday, the C.A.R. released the statewide January results, with more speculation from our so-called leaders:
California home sales fall to lowest level in more than 10 years
– Existing, single-family home sales totaled 357,730 in January on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate, down 3.9 percent from December and down 12.6 percent from January 2018.
– January’s statewide median home price was $538,690, down 3.4 percent from December and up 2.1 percent from January 2018.
– Statewide active listings rose for the 10th straight month, increasing 27 percent from the previous year.
– The statewide Unsold Inventory Index was 4.6 months in January, up from 3.5 months in December.
“California continued to move toward a more balanced market as we see buyers having greater negotiating power and sellers making concessions to get their homes sold as inventory grows,” said C.A.R. President Jared Martin. “While interest rates have dropped down to the lowest point in 10 months, potential buyers are putting their homeownership plans on hold as they wait out further price adjustments.”
The statewide median home price declined to $538,690 in January. The January statewide median price was down 3.4 percent from $557,600 in December and up 2.1 percent from a revised $527,780 in January 2018.
“While we expected the federal government shutdown during most of January to temporarily interrupt closings because of a delay in loan approvals and income verifications, the impact on January’s home sales was minimal,” said C.A.R. Senior Vice President and Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young. “The decline in sales was more indicative of demand side issues and was broad and across all price categories and regions of the state. Moreover, growing inventory over the past few months has not translated into more sales.”
Obviously, they haven’t done a survey of the North San Diego County’s coastal region! Between La Jolla and Carlsbad, we had about the same number of January sales last month as we did in January, 2018, so we’re faring much better than the -12.6% statewide. We are further into February so let’s pick up the sales from the first half, and break it down by price category too:
NSDCC Detached-Home Closed Sales, Jan 1 to Feb. 15th
|$1M to $1.5M|
|$1.5 to $2.0M|
The only two signs of trouble:
- The Under-$1M market is disappearing.
- If you want to buy a house priced over $2,000,000, you sure have plenty to consider! Those sellers are happy to wait it out too, so no rush.
Other than those, we have remarkable balance, and it doesn’t look like ‘potential buyers are putting their homeownership plans on hold’ around here!