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I am pleased to announce that for the 5th straight month, San Diego has seen positive growth in home sales, as compared to the same time last year. Single Family Home sales increased 5% and sales of condos, townhomes, and other attached homes increased 7%, compared to the same time last year. Another important indicator of a housing recovery is the amount of time a home spends sitting on the market before selling, and that number is down 25% from last year, meaning homes are being absorbed at a faster rate.
Home sales have received a boost from government incentives like the $8,000 tax credit for first time home buyers, radically affordable mortgage rates, FHA programs, and countless of down payment assistance programs. Then we add to that depressed home prices, which have remained mostly flat since July, and with the stock market up over 50% since the bottom, investors on the sidelines have taken this as a sign of local economic stabilization, the first sign to a housing recovery.
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As for inventory, foreclosure listings have all but dried up. This is largely due to the government ordered moratorium on foreclosures which was supposed to last 90 days, but was extended another 90 days, and was lifted mid-September. The idea was to place a temporary freeze on foreclosure proceedings to give home owners some breathing room, and give them a chance to refinance or consider other options. Thousands of homes have been saved from foreclosure, but even still, banks own a lot of property right now that they haven’t released, most of which will be trickled out slowly to keep housing prices in check.
It is important to note that home trends can best be studied when applied to a localized focus area, like La Jolla, Chula Vista, or Downtown San Diego specifically. In each of these submarkets, trends, inventories, and foreclosure rates vary. HomeReach.com hires agents that specialize in specific areas. Feel free to contact one of our agents to get a better idea of trends in your neighborhood. Meet A HomeReach Agent.
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