New home closings slid year-over-year in May in the Santa Cruz, CA market, and the decline was by a larger percentage than the April 2016. New home closings moved from 1 a year earlier to none after the figure moved from 4 in April 2015 to 1 in April 2016.

New home closings were none out of the 170 total closings, a move on a percentage basis from 1 of 240 a year earlier. Closings of new and existing homes slid year-over-year in May after also falling in April year-over-year.

Other Market Trends

Foreclosures and real estate owned (REO) closings continued to fall from a year earlier in May, but did not look to be a burden on the market. Combined, foreclosures plus REO closings represented 7.6% of existing home closings, below 10.0% a year earlier. The percentage of existing home closings involving foreclosures rose to 5.3% in May from 3.8% a year earlier while REO closings as a percentage of existing home closings sank to 2.4% from 6.3% a year earlier.

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