In the Canton, OH market, new home closings fell year-over-year in March, but the decline was less than the year-over-year decline in February. New home closings moved from 8 a year earlier to 4 after the figure moved from 16 in February 2015 to 2 in February 2016.

A total of 132 new homes were sold during the 12 months that ended in March, down from 136 for the year that ended in February.

New home closings were 4 out of the 510 total closings, a move on a percentage basis from 8 of 478 a year earlier. For new and existing homes, closings climbed year-over-year in March after also increasing in February year-over-year.

Pricing and Mortgage Trends

The average value of newly sold homes in March 2016 was $243,075, down from last year's $256,963. This came after a move from $256,425 per unit in February 2015 to $254,500 in February 2016.

The average mortgage size moved to $190,806, down from last year's $215,358. Average mortgage size on new homes went from $246,843 in February 2015 to $105,000 in February 2016.

Other Market Trends

The share of new home closings made up by attached units has risen while the share belonging to single-family homes has fallen.

The average unit size of newly sold homes fell from 2,300 square feet a year earlier to 1,908 square feet.

Foreclosures and real estate owned (REO) closings decreased in March from a year earlier, but remained a burden on the market. Out of all existing home closings, foreclosures combined with REO closings made up 28.3% of closings, below 37.4% a year earlier. The percentage of existing home closings involving foreclosures sank to 13.4% in March from 24.7% a year earlier while REO closings as a percentage of existing home closings gained to 14.8% from 12.8%.

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