In the Bismarck, ND market in November, closings of new homes sank year-over-year, and the decline was by a larger percentage than the October 2015. New home closings moved from 20 a year earlier to 1 after the figure moved from 26 in October 2014 to 5 in October 2015.

A total of 72 new homes were sold during the 12 months that ended in November, down from 91 for the year that ended in October.

New home closings were 11.3% of total closings a year earlier, and this percentage saw a decline as new home closings this year made up 1 of the 126 total closings. Closings of new and existing homes fell year-over-year in November after also falling in October year-over-year.

Pricing and Mortgage Trends

The average price of new homes was $435,238, an increase from $294,756 a year earlier. This came after a 1.7% drop in October from a year earlier.

The average mortgage size on new homes was $388,000, up from $270,084. Average mortgage size on new homes went from $223,165 in October 2014 to $311,701 in October 2015.

Other Market Trends

There was no change in the composition of the new home market with regard to the types of properties sold in November 2015.

Foreclosures and real estate owned (REO) closings increased in November from a year earlier and did not appear to be dragging the market. Combined, foreclosures plus REO closings accounted for 4.0% of existing home closings, above 1.9% a year earlier. The percentage of existing home closings involving foreclosures rose to 2.4% in November from 1.3% a year earlier and REO closings moved from 0.6% of existing home closings in November 2014 to 1.6% in November 2015.

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