The Bakersfield, CA market saw an increase in closings of new homes in June year-over-year, moving north after a fall in May 2016. There was a 1.7% rise in new home closings from a year earlier. This followed a 1.5% drop year-over-year in May.

A total of 1,733 new homes were sold during the 12 months that ended in June, up from 1,730 for the year that ended in May.

As a percentage of total closings, new home closings made up 13.6%, unchanged from a year ago. Following a year-over-year increase in May, closings of new and existing homes also rose year-over-year in June.

Pricing and Mortgage Trends

In June, the average price of newly sold homes declined 3.4% year-over-year to $281,970 per unit. This fall compares to a 3.3% surge in May year-over-year.

The average mortgage size on newly sold homes moved south year-over-year in contrast to new home prices. It dropped 3.9% in June from a year earlier, reaching $253,528. In May 2016, average mortgage size on newly sold homes saw a 2.0% gain year-over-year 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 June 2016. Single-family home closings have represented all of new home closings while attached unit closings have accounted for no part of closings.

For all new homes sold, the average unit size slid 17.0% year-over-year to 1,801 square feet in June 2016. The average size of newly sold homes moved from 2,132 square feet in May 2015 to 2,271 square feet in May 2016.

Foreclosures and real estate owned (REO) closings continued to drop from a year earlier in June, but did not look to be a burden on the market. Together, foreclosures plus REO closings represented 17.8% of existing home closings, down from 21.7% a year earlier. The percentage of existing home closings involving foreclosures went from 8.3% in June 2015 to 7.7% in June 2016 and REO closings as a percentage of existing home closings dropped to 10.2% from 13.4% a year earlier.

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