Closings of new homes declined year-over-year in March in the Pittsburgh, PA market, and the decline was by a larger percentage than the February 2016. New home closings moved from 115 a year earlier to 8 after the figure moved from 105 in February 2015 to 11 in February 2016.

A total of 1,178 new homes were sold during the 12 months that ended in March, down from 1,285 for the year that ended in February.

On a percentage basis, new home closings as a part of total closings decreased to 0.4% from 4.7% a year earlier. For new and existing homes, closings declined in March after also declining in February year-over-year.

Pricing and Mortgage Trends

The average price of new homes rose to $345,212 from last year's $337,182. This came after a 7.0% hike in February year-over-year.

Average mortgage size on new homes fell from $272,362 to $264,958. Average mortgage size on new homes went from $294,143 in February 2015 to $320,157 in February 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 fell from 2,342 square feet a year earlier to 1,489 square feet.

Foreclosures and real estate owned (REO) closings continued to decline from a year earlier in March, but did not look to be a burden on the market. Together, foreclosures plus REO closings accounted for 17.2% of existing home closings, down from 20.3% a year earlier. The percentage of existing home closings involving foreclosures slid to 5.0% in March from 11.0% a year earlier while REO closings as a percentage of existing home closings gained to 12.2% from 9.2%.

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