Thursday, June 18, 2009

San Diego County Median Home Prices Slowly Climb

Good news for the over-all San Diego market. The countywide medium home price increased again in May. According to the DataQuick the Median Home Price hit $295,000in May, a $15,000 rise since January and $5000 in May.

Since January, three out of five areas of San Diego County continue a modest recovery. While overall prices are still down 22.6% from a year ago, Buyer activity remains steady.

While the number of "All Homes and Condos" sold countywide decreased by 133 in May compared to April, the number of "New Homes and Condos" increased by 19. Most of May’s increases were seen in higher valued condo sales, which increased from $182,000in April to $199,000 last month.

For example, while Santee showed a 4% decrease in resale house prices from April, the New Home and Condo sale showed increases from April--resale condo prices rose 4% along with new home sales 28%.

While the number of foreclosures decreased from 43.1 percent of all resales in May compared to 51.1 percent in March, some believe the 90 day foreclosure moratorium that went into effect on 6/15/09 along with banks attempting to modify loans may be producing a temporary reduction in the number of foreclosures.

"DataQuick analysts suggested that home prices may have bottomed out, but caution that price depreciation may be hitting more affluent neighborhoods because of mortgage defaults and impatient owners of higher-end homes who need to sell in the current market," according to Ned Randolph, San Diego Business Journal.

The number of homes sold at prices greater than $500,000 has gradually increased from 18.8 percent in March to 20.5 percent in April to 23.1 percent in May.

However, with the reduction in the number of homes available down to about two months supply, demand should continue to push prices slowly upwards.

--Virginia Hall
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage