In June, the El Paso, TX market saw a fall year-over-year in new home closings, and the decline was by a larger percentage than the May 2016. New home closings moved from 156 a year earlier to 7 after the figure moved from 180 in May 2015 to 12 in May 2016.

A total of 608 new homes were sold during the 12 months that ended in June, down from 757 for the year that ended in May.

Last year, 156 of 979 total closings were new homes, and this percentage saw a decline as new home closings this year made up 7 of the 289 total closings. Closings of new and existing homes fell year-over-year in June after also falling in May year-over-year.

Pricing and Mortgage Trends

The average per-unit price of new homes was $144,228, compared with $179,612 last year. This came after a 22.1% drop in May from a year earlier.

Average mortgage size on newly sold homes saw a decline year-over-year from $169,657 to $131,431. Average mortgage size on new homes went from $171,321 in May 2015 to $140,172 in May 2016.

Other Market Trends

As a share of new home closings, single-family home closings have risen from last year while the share belonging to attached units has fallen.

The average unit size of newly sold homes rose from 1,841 square feet a year earlier to 2,045 square feet.

Foreclosures and real estate owned (REO) closings increased in June from a year earlier and did not appear to be dragging the market. Combined, foreclosures plus REO closings represented 24.1% of existing home closings, above 23.2% a year earlier. The percentage of existing home closings involving foreclosures went from 11.4% in June 2015 to 12.1% in June 2016 and REO closings moved from 11.8% of existing home closings in June 2015 to 12.1% in June 2016.

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