In the Santa Rosa, CA market in April, new home closings sank year-over-year, falling after remaining level in March from the year earlier. Closings stood at 1 in April after being 7 a year earlier and remaining unchanged at 5 in March from a year earlier.

A total of 107 new homes were sold during the 12 months that ended in April, down from 113 for the year that ended in March.

New home closings were 1 out of the 459 total closings, down on a percentage basis from 7 of 526 a year earlier. Following a year-over-year rise in March, closings of new and existing homes slid year-over-year in April.

Pricing and Mortgage Trends

The average per-unit price of new homes was $515,000, compared with $583,071 last year. This was on the heels of a 7.6% decline in March from a year earlier.

The average mortgage size moved to $411,960, down from last year's $437,961. Average mortgage size on new homes went from $424,492 in March 2015 to $343,319 in March 2016.

Other Market Trends

There was no change in the composition of the new home market with regard to the types of properties sold in April 2016.

Foreclosures and real estate owned (REO) closings continued to decline from a year earlier in April, but did not appear to be dragging the market. Foreclosures and REO closings, taken together, represented 5.9% of existing closings, lower than 10.8% a year earlier. The percentage of existing home closings involving foreclosures dropped to 2.4% in April from 4.6% a year earlier while REO closings as a percentage of existing home closings sank to 3.5% from 6.2% a year earlier.

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