There was a rise in new home closings in the Modesto, CA market in September year-over-year, and the increase was greater than August 2015. New home closings moved from 10 a year earlier to 28 after the figure moved from 12 in August 2014 to 27 in August 2015.

A total of 254 new homes were sold during the 12 months that ended in September, up from 236 for the year that ended in August.

New home closings were 28 of the 675 total closings, up on a percentage basis from 10 of 546 a year earlier. Closings of new and existing homes rose year-over-year in September after also rising in August year-over-year.

Pricing and Mortgage Trends

The average per-unit price of new homes was $271,679, compared with $298,014 last year. This came after a 7.5% drop in August from a year earlier.

The average mortgage size went down to $225,576 from $261,662 a year earlier. Average mortgage size on new homes went from $277,288 in August 2014 to $256,652 in August 2015.

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.

The average unit size of newly sold homes remained steady year-over-year at 1,861 square feet in September 2015.

Foreclosures and real estate owned (REO) closings continued to drop from a year earlier in September, but did not look to be a burden on the market. Out of all existing home closings, foreclosures combined with REO closings accounted for 16.1% of closings, below 17.0% a year earlier. The percentage of existing home closings involving foreclosures went from 6.0% in September 2014 to 6.3% in September 2015 and REO closings as a percentage of existing home closings fell to 9.7% from 11.0% a year earlier.

Please refer to the ABOUT THIS MSA tab to learn more about geographic coverage and data availability in the Modesto, CA area.