In May, there was a decline year-over-year in new home closings in the Reading, PA market, but the decline was less than the year-over-year decline in April. New home closings moved from 16 a year earlier to 9 after the figure moved from 12 in April 2015 to 6 in April 2016.

A total of 188 new homes were sold during the 12 months that ended in May, down from 195 for the year that ended in April.

New home closings were 2.8% of total closings a year earlier, and this percentage saw a fall as new home closings this year made up 9 of the 599 total closings. Following a drop in April year-over-year, closings of new and existing homes jumped year-over-year in May.

Pricing and Mortgage Trends

The average price for newly sold homes moved north to $279,457 from $254,261 a year ago. This followed a 11.8% surge in April year-over-year.

Average mortgage size on new homes rose from $218,885 to $257,761. Average mortgage size on new homes went from $206,307 in April 2015 to $218,151 in April 2016.

Other Market Trends

The share of new home closings made up by attached units has risen while the share belonging to single-family homes has fallen.

Foreclosures and real estate owned (REO) closings continued to drop from a year earlier in May, but did not look to be a burden on the market. Foreclosures and REO closings, taken together, accounted for 22.5% of existing closings, lower than 33.5% a year earlier. The percentage of existing home closings involving foreclosures declined to 10.3% in May from 18.6% a year earlier while REO closings as a percentage of existing home closings dropped to 12.2% from 14.8% a year earlier.

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