New home closings in the Bend, OR market slid year-over-year in April, and the decline was by a larger percentage than the March 2016. New home closings moved from 67 a year earlier to 5 after the figure moved from 64 in March 2015 to 12 in March 2016.

A total of 287 new homes were sold during the 12 months that ended in April, down from 349 for the year that ended in March.

On a percentage basis, new home closings as a part of total closings decreased to 1.2% from 12.7% a year earlier. For new and existing homes, closings sank in April after also declining in March year-over-year.

Pricing and Mortgage Trends

The average price for newly sold homes moved north to $322,560 from $311,877 a year ago. This followed a 28.1% hike in March year-over-year.

Average mortgage size on new homes fell from $255,976 to $192,749. Average mortgage size on new homes went from $252,404 in March 2015 to $272,093 in March 2016.

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.

The average unit size of newly sold homes fell from 1,917 square feet a year earlier to 1,439 square feet.

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 9.4% of existing home closings, down from 15.0% a year earlier. The percentage of existing home closings involving foreclosures went from 5.9% in April 2015 to 4.9% in April 2016 and REO closings as a percentage of existing home closings dropped to 4.5% from 9.1% a year earlier.

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