In the Casper, WY market in May, new home closings fell year-over-year, and the decline was by a larger percentage than the April 2016. New home closings moved from 10 a year earlier to 1 after the figure moved from 8 in April 2015 to 1 in April 2016.

On a percentage basis, new home closings as a part of total closings decreased to 0.6% from 5.7% a year earlier. For new and existing homes, closings dropped in May after also declining in April year-over-year.

Pricing and Mortgage Trends

The average per-unit price of new homes was $185,380, compared with $348,481 last year. This followed a 39.0% hike in April year-over-year.

The average mortgage size moved to $148,304, down from last year's $287,687. Average mortgage size on new homes went from $271,482 in April 2015 to $343,900 in 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 rose in May from a year earlier and did not look to be a burden on the market. Combined, foreclosures plus REO closings made up 21.4% of existing home closings, above 10.8% a year earlier. The percentage of existing home closings involving foreclosures rose to 16.4% in May from 6.0% a year earlier and REO closings moved from 4.8% of existing home closings in May 2015 to 5.0% in May 2016.

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