In April, the Las Cruces, NM market saw a fall year-over-year in new home closings, and the decline was by a larger percentage than the March 2016. New home closings moved from 39 a year earlier to 10 after the figure moved from 42 in March 2015 to 32 in March 2016.

A total of 419 new homes were sold during the 12 months that ended in April, down from 448 for the year that ended in March.

New home closings represented 10 out of the 226 total closings, which is a smaller percentage than the 39 of 316 total closings a year earlier. After rising year-over-year in March, closings of new and existing homes declined year-over-year in April.

Pricing and Mortgage Trends

The average new home value went from $174,394 last year to $185,157. This was on the heels of a 15.5% gain in March year-over-year.

From the year-ago figure of $158,761, the average mortgage size on new homes moved up to $167,273. In March 2016, average mortgage size gained 12.0% from a year earlier.

Other Market Trends

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

The average unit size of newly sold homes rose from 1,789 square feet a year earlier to 1,887 square feet.

Foreclosures and real estate owned (REO) closings continued to fall from a year earlier in April, but did not look to be a burden on the market. Out of all existing home closings, foreclosures combined with REO closings made up 14.8% of closings, below 20.9% a year earlier. The percentage of existing home closings involving foreclosures fell to 5.6% in April from 8.7% a year earlier while REO closings as a percentage of existing home closings sank to 9.3% from 12.3% a year earlier.

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