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Low interest rates boost California housing market as median home price sets another record, C.A.R. report that- Existing, single-family home sales totaled 406,100 in August on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate, down 1.3 percent from July and up 1.6 percent from August 2018.
August’s statewide median home price was $617,410, up 1.5 percent from July and up 3.6 percent from August 2018. Year-to-date statewide home sales were down 4.1 percent in August.
Fueled by mortgage interest rates at near-three-year lows, California’s housing market recorded a second consecutive year-over-year sales increase while the median home price reached a new high.
Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 406,100 units in August, according to information collected by C.A.R. from more than 90 local associations and MLSs statewide. The statewide annualized sales figure represents what would be the total number of homes sold during 2019 if sales maintained the August pace throughout the year.
“Low interest rates, which helped to reduce monthly mortgage payments, have provided much-needed support to improve housing affordability and elevate home sales over the past few months,” said C.A.R. Senior Vice President Leslie Appleton-Young. “While lower rates have no doubt boosted buyers’ purchasing power, they have also been a contributing factor to higher home prices this year.”