In April, closings of new homes in the Merced, CA market jumped year-over-year, but the increase was less than March 2016. New home closings moved from 10 a year earlier to 17 after the figure moved from 15 in March 2015 to 27 in March 2016.
A total of 265 new homes were sold during the 12 months that ended in April, up from 258 for the year that ended in March.
New home closings were 17 out of 195 total closings, making up 8.7%. This is up on a percentage basis from 10 of 166 a year earlier. For new and existing homes, closings jumped year-over-year in April after also increasing in March year-over-year.
Pricing and Mortgage Trends
The average new home price was $294,506, up from $284,950 a year earlier. This came after a 1.7% drop in March from a year earlier.
The average mortgage size on new homes was $259,784, up from $255,618. Average mortgage size fell 9.8% in March 2016 from a year earlier.
Other Market Trends
There was no change in the composition of the new home market with regard to the types of properties sold in April 2016.
Foreclosures and real estate owned (REO) closings continued to fall from a year earlier in April, but did not appear to be dragging the market. Out of all existing home closings, foreclosures combined with REO closings accounted for 20.2% of closings, below 20.5% a year earlier. The percentage of existing home closings involving foreclosures rose to 9.6% in April from 8.3% a year earlier while REO closings as a percentage of existing home closings sank to 10.7% from 12.2% a year earlier.