Home Prices Rise, Sales Slide in Los Angeles County

LOS ANGELES (CNS) - The median price of a single-family home in Los Angeles County jumped last month, but sales of existing homes declined, the California Association of Realtors said today.

The median home price countywide in August was $677,260, compared to $653,570 in July, representing a 3.6% increase, according to CAR.

On a year-over-year level, the price was about 8% higher; in August 2019, the median price of an existing single-family property was $627,690, according to data.

Statewide, the median price last month was $706,900, compared to $666,320 in July -- up 6%. In August 2019, the median price was $617,410, reflecting a year-over-year rise of 14.5%.

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 the real estate market is contending with constrained supply and high demand.

“Low (interest) rates and tight housing inventory are contributing factors to the statewide median price setting a new record high three months in a row, from June to August,'' she said. “A change in the mix of sales is another variable that keeps pushing median prices higher, as sales growth of higher-priced properties continued to outpace their more affordable counterparts.''

Last month, home sales countywide sank 3.9%, and they were down 5.2% year-to-year, according to CAR.

The association's Unsold Inventory Index for August indicated that the median time a property was on the market before it sold in California was 13 days. In Los Angeles County, it was 12 days.

The average price per square foot for an existing single-family home in California last month was $315 -- $28 more than in August 2019.

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