In the Worcester, MA market, new home closings slid year-over-year in April, and the decline was by a larger percentage than the March 2016. New home closings moved from 15 a year earlier to none after the figure moved from 15 in March 2015 to 4 in March 2016.

New home closings were none out of the 840 total closings, down on a percentage basis from 15 of 815 a year earlier. For new and existing homes, closings grew year-over-year in April after also increasing in March year-over-year.

Other Market Trends

There were no new home closings in April 2016, but average size of newly sold homes was 2,169 a year earlier.

Foreclosures and real estate owned (REO) closings continued to decline from a year earlier in April, but did not appear to be dragging the market. Together, foreclosures plus REO closings accounted for 17.9% of existing home closings, down from 23.8% a year earlier. The percentage of existing home closings involving foreclosures declined to 7.1% in April from 10.4% a year earlier while REO closings as a percentage of existing home closings sank to 10.7% from 13.4% a year earlier.

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