New home closings in the Baton Rouge, LA market slid year-over-year in October, and the decline was by a larger percentage than the September 2015. New home closings moved from 67 a year earlier to 8 after the figure moved from 70 in September 2014 to 10 in September 2015.

A total of 362 new homes were sold during the 12 months that ended in October, down from 421 for the year that ended in September.

On a percentage basis, new home closings as a part of total closings decreased to 1.3% from 7.4% a year earlier. Following a year-over-year decline in September, closings of new and existing homes also declined year-over-year in October.

Pricing and Mortgage Trends

The average new home price was $408,923, up from $259,122 a year earlier. This followed a 62.7% rise in September year-over-year.

Average mortgage size on new homes rose from $232,834 to $326,940. Average mortgage size on new homes went from $207,878 in September 2014 to $255,139 in September 2015.

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 2,071 square feet a year earlier to 1,188 square feet.

Foreclosures and real estate owned (REO) closings continued to decline from a year earlier in October, but did not appear to be dragging the market. Together, foreclosures plus REO closings accounted for 19.4% of existing home closings, down from 26.2% a year earlier. The percentage of existing home closings involving foreclosures sank to 8.8% in October from 15.4% a year earlier and REO closings moved from 10.8% of existing home closings in October 2014 to 10.5% in October 2015.

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