Real Estate News Archive April 2006

Here is the real estate news making headlines across the state and country in April 2006.

April 28, 2006

Gas Prices Around the World

As we continue to feel the impact of high oil prices ($72.10 a barrel today, average in CA is $3.14/gallon), check out what other countries around the world are paying for gas:

Nation City Price in USD Regular/Gallon
Netherlands Amsterdam
Norway Oslo
Italy Milan
Denmark Copenhagen
Belgium Brussels
Sweden Stockholm
United Kingdom London
Germany Frankfurt
France Paris
Portugal Lisbon
Hungary Budapest
Croatia Zagreb
Ireland Dublin
Switzerland Geneva
Spain Madrid
Japan Tokyo
Czech Republic Prague
Romania Bucharest
Estonia Tallinn
Bulgaria Sofia
Brazil Brasilia
Cuba Havana
Taiwan Taipei
Lebanon Beirut
South Africa Johannesburg
Nicaragua Managua
Panama Panama City
Russia Moscow
Puerto Rico San Juan
Saudi Arabia Riyadh
Kuwait Kuwait City
Egypt Cairo
Nigeria Lagos
Venezuela Caracas

Source: CNN.com

April 27, 2006

March Home Sales

As the numbers come in, it is clear that some states are definitely seeing a change of pace in its real estate sales while others are still enjoying the real estate boom.


Sales of existing homes in Florida dropped 24% in March 2006 compared to March 2005. Median home price was $248,200, which was 17% higher than in March 2005.

In the Tampa Bay area, sales fell 26%. Median home price was $222,800, up 24% from last yea. Sales was actually up 21% in Miami.


Sales increased 4.9% in March 2006 to 14,907 compared to 14,207 a year ago. Median increased in March 2006 to $199K from $190K in March of last year.


Single-family home sales and prices in Massachusetts fell 1.5% in March 2006. Home sales dropped from 4482 in March 2005 to 4416 in March 2006.

Median Home price decreased from $330K in March 2005 to $325K in March 2006.



April 26, 2006

New Home Sales Soared in March 2006

Sales of new single-family homes increased 13.8% in March 2006 to a seasonally adjusted annual sales rate of 1.213 million units. The increase represented a recovery from a 10.9% decrease in sales in February 2006.

But the median price of homes sold in March 2006 dropped to $224,200, down 2.2% from March 2005 and a 6.5% decline from February 2006..

This was the first time home prices dropped over a 12-month period since December 2003.

Source: Associated Press


April 25, 2006

Home Sales Increased in March Nationally

Total existing-home sales - including single-family, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops - increased 0.3% to 6.92 million units in March 2006 from 6.90 million in February 2006.

This was 0.7% below a 6.97 million-unit level in March 2005.

National median existing-home price for all housing types was $218,000 in March 2006, up 7.4% from March 2005 when the median home price was $203,000.

The median existing single-family home price was $217,300 in March, up 7.8% from a year ago.

Total housing inventory levels rose 7% at the end of March 2006 to 3.19 million existing homes available for sale, which represents a 5.5-month supply at the current sales pace.

In the Northeast:

In the Midwest:

In the South:

In the West:

Source: National Association of Realtors


April 25, 2006

California Median Home Prices

California Association of Realtors released the numbers for March 2006 today. Please see our Median Home Prices section and March 2006 Median Home Prices data for more info.

Summary of the news release:

Source: California Association of Realtors


April 24, 2006

Increase in Nationwide Foreclosures

RealtyTrac, a company which tracks foreclosure properties, released its 2006 Q1 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report today.

The report indicated that a total of 323,102 properties nationwide entered some stage of foreclosure in the 1st quarter of 2006.

This was a 38% increase from the previous quarter and a 72% year-over-year increase from the first quarter of 2005.

The nation's quarterly foreclosure rate of 1 new foreclosure for every 358 U.S. households was higher than in any quarter of last year.

The states with the highest quarterly foreclosure rate were Georgia (1 per every 127 households), Colorado (1 per every 138 households) and Indiana.

Other states in the top 10 were Nevada, Michigan, Texas, Ohio, Tennessee, Utah and Florida.

Source: PR Newswire


April 21, 2006

Signs of Cooling Housing Market in the Sacramento area

While sales jumped in March from February, the 2,489 homes sold across El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo counties were still the lowest for a March since 1999.

The number of homes for sale in the four-county region continued grew in March to 10,316 compared with 3,799 at the same time in 2005.

Median home price in Sacramento county in March 2006 was $359K, below its August 2005 peak of $372K.

Median home price in Yolo county in March 2006 was $410K, below its November peak of $436,500.

In El Dorado county, median home price in March 2006 was $451K, off its peak of $475K in September 2005.

In Placer County, median home price in March 2006 was $477K, off its peak of $502K in August 2005.

Source: Sacramento Bee