LOS ANGELES, CA – March 22, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — Pending home sales rose in February, as did the share of distressed properties sold, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (C.A.R.) reported today.
Pending home sales:
Pending home sales in California increased in February, according to C.A.R.’s Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI)*. The index was 112.1 in February, rising 20.6 percent from January’s revised index of 93.0, based on contracts signed in February. The index was down 1.6 percent from February 2010, when the presence of housing tax credits played a strong role in home sales. Pending home sales are forward-looking indicators of future home sales activity, providing information on the future direction of the market.
“The increase in pending sales is typical for this time of year, as we usually see a seasonal improvement in the spring,” said C.A.R. President Beth L. Peerce.
Distressed housing market data:
- The total share of all distressed property types sold statewide increased in February to 56 percent, up from 54 percent in January and up from 55 percent in February 2010.
- Non-distressed sales made up the remaining share at 44 percent in February, down from 46 percent in January and down from 45 percent in February 2010.
- Of the distressed properties sold statewide, the total share of REO (real estate-owned) sales was 33 percent in February, up from 32 percent in December, but was down from 36 percent in February 2010.
- The statewide share of short sales increased to 23 percent in February, up from 22 percent in January and up from 19 percent in February 2010.
- The median price of homes sold in the state differed dramatically depending on the property type, with non-distressed properties selling for much higher prices than short sales and foreclosures.
- The statewide median price of non-distressed properties sold in February was $370,000, $95,000 or 34.5 percent higher than the short sale median price of $275,000 recorded in February, and $170,100 or 85.1 percent higher than the February REO median price of $199,900.
- View a video of C.A.R. Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young discussing highlights of the February sales and price report, which was released March 15.
- View a chart of pending sales compared with closed sales.
- View a chart showing the price differential by sales type.
Share of Distressed Sales to Total Sales
|Type of Sale||Feb-10||Jan-11||Feb-11|
Single-family Distressed Home Sales by Select Counties
(Percent of total sales)
|Distressed Sales by County||Feb-10||Jan-11||Feb-11|
*Note: C.A.R.’s pending sales information is generated from a survey of more than 70 associations of REALTORS® and MLSs throughout the state. Pending home sales are forward-looking indicators of future home sales activity, offering solid information on future changes in the direction of the market. A sale is listed as pending after a seller has accepted a sales contract on a property. The majority of pending home sales usually becomes closed sales transactions one to two months later.
The year 2008 was used as the benchmark for the Pending Homes Sales Index. An index of 100 is equal to the average level of contract activity during 2008.
Leading the way…® in California real estate for more than 100 years, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (www.car.org) is one of the largest state trade organizations in the United States, with more than 160,000 members dedicated to the advancement of professionalism in real estate. C.A.R. is headquartered in Los Angeles.