Closings of new homes fell year-over-year in April in the Wenatchee, WA market, a decline following a rise in March 2016. New home closings moved from 11 a year earlier to 8 after the figure moved from 10 in March 2015 to 11 in March 2016.

A total of 123 new homes were sold during the 12 months that ended in April, down from 126 for the year that ended in March.

New home closings were 8 out of the 182 total closings, a move on a percentage basis from 11 of 209 a year earlier. Following a year-over-year rise in March, closings of new and existing homes fell year-over-year in April.

Pricing and Mortgage Trends

The average value of newly sold homes in April 2016 was $318,089, down from last year's $323,882. This followed a 12.1% fall in March from a year earlier.

Average mortgage size on new homes rose from $248,543 to $279,310. Average mortgage size on new homes went from $264,266 in March 2015 to $237,642 in March 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.

The average unit size of newly sold homes rose from 1,561 square feet a year earlier to 2,255 square feet.

Foreclosures and real estate owned (REO) closings continued to drop from a year earlier in April, but did not appear to be dragging the market. Foreclosures and REO closings, taken together, accounted for 11.5% of existing closings, lower than 14.6% a year earlier. The percentage of existing home closings involving foreclosures went from 6.1% in April 2015 to 5.2% in April 2016 and REO closings as a percentage of existing home closings dropped to 6.3% from 8.6% a year earlier.

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