Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Ventura County March 2010 Home Sales

Dataquick reported home sales for Ventura County for March 2010 today. Home sales came in at 739 down 4.8% YoY. The median sales price came in at $375,000 up 15.0% YoY. This report was exactly in line with the prediction I made at the beginning of the month. Slowing sales as low inventory continues to restrict sales. Rising median is due to mix shift due to the low end running out of inventory the most plus some season strength in the mid-level houses as those sellers have been cutting price to compete for buyers. I think the people rushing to buy before the April 30th tax credit deadline getting similiar "deals" like the cash-for-clunkers buyers rushing to buy before that expired got... overpaying for limited inventory. We will see a bump in sales over the next few months related to the tax expiration, though it is an open question whether they can even beat the previous years weak numbers, and then slowing YoY moving through the rest of the year.

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