In March, the Laredo, TX market saw a fall year-over-year in new home closings, and the decline was by a larger percentage than the February 2016. New home closings moved from 39 a year earlier to 2 after the figure moved from 42 in February 2015 to 9 in February 2016.

A total of 150 new homes were sold during the 12 months that ended in March, down from 187 for the year that ended in February.

New home closings represented 2 out of the 218 total closings, which is a smaller percentage than the 39 of 252 total closings a year earlier. Closings of new and existing homes fell year-over-year in March after also falling in February year-over-year.

Pricing and Mortgage Trends

The average price of new homes rose to $235,337 from last year's $178,324. This was on the heels of a 3.5% rise in February year-over-year.

From the year-ago figure of $170,642, the average mortgage size on new homes moved up to $233,007. Average mortgage size on new homes went from $174,843 in February 2015 to $186,190 in February 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 1,677 square feet a year earlier to 1,128 square feet.

Together, foreclosures plus REO closings accounted for 27.3% of existing home closings. In March 2015, they made up 27.2%. The percentage of existing home closings involving foreclosures went from 11.7% in March 2015 to 12.5% in March 2016 and REO closings moved from 15.5% of existing home closings in March 2015 to 14.8% in March 2016.

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