November home sales worse than October figures

Home sales in San Diego County rose 7.5 percent in November compared to the same time last year, but were down 17.4 percent from the previous month, according to figures released Tuesday.

The median price of an existing single-family home in San Diego County last month was $376,450, up 9 percent from $345,390 in November of last year, but down 0.6 percent from $378,540 in October, according to the California Association of Realtors.

Statewide, home sales increased 26.3 percent in November, compared to the same month a year ago, but were down 14.8 percent from the previous month, according to CAR.

“First-time buyers continued to drive the market in November, as many opened escrow to take advantage of the federal tax credit prior to its original November 30 expiration,” said CAR President Steve Goddard. “The extension and expansion of the tax credit until April 30, 2010, along with low interest rates, should continue to positively impact the market in coming months.”

The median price of an existing, single-family detached home in California in November was $304,520, a 5.8 percent increase from the $287,880 during the same month last year, and up 2.4 percent from October’s $297,500.

“With sales bottoming out more than two years ago, and the median home price reaching its trough in February 2009, California remains ahead of the nation in market recovery,” said CAR Vice President and Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young. “The median price for most regions hit bottom during the first half of the year, and the statewide median home price now is nearly $60,000 higher than its lowest point in the current cycle.”