In May, the State College, PA market saw a decline year-over-year in new home closings, but the decline was less than the year-over-year decline in April. New home closings moved from 13 a year earlier to 5 after the figure moved from 17 in April 2015 to 1 in April 2016.

A total of 95 new homes were sold during the 12 months that ended in May, down from 103 for the year that ended in April.

Last year, 13 of 196 total closings were new homes, and this percentage saw a decline as new home closings this year made up 5 of the 178 total closings. For new and existing homes, closings fell in May after also declining in April year-over-year.

Pricing and Mortgage Trends

The average value of newly sold homes in May 2016 was $268,732, down from last year's $297,261. This came after a 70.7% drop in April from a year earlier.

Average mortgage size on newly sold homes saw a decline year-over-year from $244,768 to $208,488. Average mortgage size on new homes went from $254,226 in April 2015 to $99,698 in April 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 May 2016.

The average unit size of newly sold homes rose from 2,016 square feet a year earlier to 2,098 square feet.

Foreclosures and real estate owned (REO) closings increased in May from a year earlier and did not look to be a burden on the market. Together, foreclosures plus REO closings accounted for 10.4% of existing home closings, up from 4.9% a year earlier. The percentage of existing home closings involving foreclosures rose to 4.6% in May from 1.1% a year earlier while REO closings as a percentage of existing home closings grew to 5.8% from 3.8%.

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