New home closings in the Saginaw, MI market remained steady year-over-year in August, staying flat after advancing year-over-year in July from the year earlier. New home closings moved from 2 a year earlier to 2 after the figure moved from none in July 2014 to 1 in July 2015. Closings remained level at 2 from a year earlier after the figure moved from none in July 2014 to 1 in July 2015.

2 of the 325 total closings were new home closings, a shift on a percentage basis from 2 out of 214 a year earlier. Closings of new and existing homes climbed year-over-year in August after also rising in July year-over-year.

The average price for newly sold homes moved north to $288,500 from $119,950 a year ago. This came after a shift to an average price of $195,000 in July 2015 after there were no closings in July 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 fell in August from a year earlier, but stayed a drag on the market. Out of all existing home closings, foreclosures combined with REO closings made up 44.9% of closings, below 48.6% a year earlier. The percentage of existing home closings involving foreclosures slid to 18.0% in August from 25.9% a year earlier while REO closings as a percentage of existing home closings jumped to 26.9% from 22.6%.

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