In the Redding, CA market in May, new home closings dropped year-over-year, but the decline was less than the year-over-year decline in April. New home closings moved from 5 a year earlier to 2 after the figure moved from 11 in April 2015 to 1 in April 2016.

New home closings were 2 out of the 233 total closings, a move on a percentage basis from 5 of 277 a year earlier. Closings of new and existing homes slid year-over-year in May after also falling in April year-over-year.

Pricing and Mortgage Trends

The average value of newly sold homes in May 2016 was $229,750, down from last year's $323,300. This came after a 68.5% boost in April year-over-year.

The average mortgage size moved to $251,187, down from last year's $276,456. It went from $279,947 to $278,489 from April 2015 to April 2016.

Other Market Trends

There was no change in the composition of the new home market with regard to the types of properties sold in May 2016.

Foreclosures and real estate owned (REO) closings continued to fall from a year earlier in May, but did not appear to be dragging the market. Combined, foreclosures plus REO closings accounted for 18.2% of existing home closings, below 24.6% a year earlier. The percentage of existing home closings involving foreclosures sank to 9.5% in May from 11.0% a year earlier while REO closings as a percentage of existing home closings declined to 8.7% from 13.6% a year earlier.

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