There was a rise in closings of new homes in the Longview, WA market in May year-over-year, rebounding from a year-over-year decline in April 2016. New home closings moved from 1 a year earlier to 2 after the figure moved from 3 in April 2015 to 1 in April 2016.

New home closings were 2 out of the 211 total closings, a move on a percentage basis from 1 of 177 a year earlier. After dropping in April from a year earlier, closings of new and existing homes rose year-over-year in May.

Pricing and Mortgage Trends

The average per-unit price of new homes was $240,000, compared with $259,900 last year. This came after a 3.8% fall in April from a year earlier.

There was a decline in average mortgage size on new homes, going from $229,900 last year to $218,913 in May 2016. Average mortgage size on new homes went from $284,622 in April 2015 to $271,485 in April 2016.

Other Market Trends

There was no change in the composition of the new home market with regard to the types of properties sold in May 2016.

The average unit size of newly sold homes fell from 2,060 square feet a year earlier to 1,716 square feet.

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. Combined, foreclosures plus REO closings accounted for 21.5% of existing home closings, below 31.2% a year earlier. The percentage of existing home closings involving foreclosures sank to 11.0% in May from 13.6% a year earlier while REO closings as a percentage of existing home closings slid to 10.5% from 17.6% a year earlier.

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