Friday, May 29, 2009

Housing Prices Pick Up in California

As the biggest residential property market in the United States, California often serves as a bellwether for the nation's economic health. And new research from that state suggests that housing prices nationally could start to rebound relatively soon.

The latest data, including two consecutive monthly gains in the median price of existing homes, has some industry officials hopeful that the state housing market has finally reached a bottom and is poised to recover from a prolonged period of declining residential values.

In April, California's single-family median home price rose 1.4 percent to $256,700. While that is still off by more than 36 percent from April 2008, the 540,360 homes sales on a seasonally adjusted annual basis reflect an increase of almost 50 percent over the same period, according to the state’s REALTORS® group.

Source: Wall Street Journal, Jim Carlton (05/29/09)

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