There was an increase in new home closings in the Niles, MI market in January year-over-year,. New home closings moved from 1 a year earlier to 3 after the figure moved from none in December 2014 to 1 in December 2015.

New home closings were 3 out of 132 total closings, making up 2.3%. This is up on a percentage basis from 1 of 108 a year earlier. Following a year-over-year increase in December, closings of new and existing homes also jumped year-over-year in January.

The average new home price was $173,000, down from $200,534 a year earlier. This followed a shift to an average price of $231,000 in December 2015 after there were no closings in December 2014.

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The share of new home closings made up by attached units has risen while the share belonging to single-family homes has fallen.

Foreclosures and real estate owned (REO) closings decreased in January from a year earlier, but stayed a drag on the market. Out of all existing home closings, foreclosures combined with REO closings made up 38.8% of closings, below 45.8% a year earlier. The percentage of existing home closings involving foreclosures dropped to 23.3% in January from 28.0% a year earlier while REO closings as a percentage of existing home closings sank to 15.5% from 17.8% a year earlier.

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