In April, the Anchorage, AK market saw a drop year-over-year in new home closings, and the decline was by a larger percentage than the March 2016. New home closings moved from 40 a year earlier to 12 after the figure moved from 40 in March 2015 to 25 in March 2016.

A total of 344 new homes were sold during the 12 months that ended in April, down from 372 for the year that ended in March.

On a percentage basis, new home closings as a part of total closings decreased to 1.8% from 5.0% a year earlier. Following a year-over-year increase in March, closings of new and existing homes fell year-over-year in April.

Pricing and Mortgage Trends

The average new home price was $329,918, down from $368,452 a year earlier. This came after a move from $379,973 per unit to $377,821 from March 2015 to March 2016.

Average mortgage size on newly sold homes saw a decline year-over-year from $324,898 to $302,897. Average mortgage size dropped 4.0% in March 2016 from a year earlier.

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.

Foreclosures and real estate owned (REO) closings rose in April from a year earlier and did not appear to be dragging the market. Together, foreclosures plus REO closings represented 10.3% of existing home closings, up from 9.2% a year earlier. The percentage of existing home closings involving foreclosures rose to 5.5% in April from 2.8% a year earlier while REO closings as a percentage of existing home closings slid to 4.8% from 6.5% a year earlier.

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