Home Prices, Sales Dipped in L.A. County Last Month

Housing Prices Continue To Fall

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The median price of a single-family home in Los Angeles County dipped last month, along with sales of existing homes, the California Association of Realtors reported today.

The median home price countywide in January was $617,520, compared to $641,340 in December, representing a 3.7% drop, according to CAR.

On a year-over-year level, the price was about 9% higher; in January 2019, the median price of an existing single-family property was $566,010, according to CAR data.

Statewide, the median price last month was $575,160, compared to $614,880 in December -- down 6.5%. In January 2019, the median price was $536,830, reflecting a year-over-year rise of 7%.

The median represents the point at which half of homes sell above a price, and the other half below it.

CAR Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young said that the real estate market was rattled at the beginning of the year, like other markets, by the worldwide onset of the novel coronavirus originating from China.

“With interest rates on a declining trend again due to concerns about the impact of the coronavirus, motivated buyers will have an opportunity to stretch their purchasing power in the housing market,” she said. “The economic outlook, however, is less clear than a month ago, before the outbreak of the disease, and we should expect market uncertainties to continue to linger on for the short term.”

Last month, home sales countywide sank 22.3%, but they were up about 17% year-to-year, according to CAR.

The association's Unsold Inventory Index for January indicated that the median time a property was on the market before it sold in California was 31 days. In Los Angeles County, it was 26 days.

The average price per square foot for an existing single-family home in California last month was $275 -- $12 more than in January 2019.

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