Bayer Facts: April 30, 2008

First chart is Moreno Valley median sales prices from DataQuick for March, June, September and December from the year 2000 to 2008 (March) – showing the rapid increase in median prices and the current decline. Prices have gone down in 1-year by zip code: 92551: 35.5% 92553: 49.3% 92555:  37.4% 92557:  36.8%

Next chart is the total number of home sales for March 2000 to March 2008 – showing the rise and decline in the number of sales.

DataQuick reports for all of California March 2008 reported the lowest number of home sales for a March since they started keeping records in 1988.  And 38.4% of the homes sold in the State in March were foreclosed homes.

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Next chart is the number of foreclosures for each of the Moreno Valley zip codes for the first quarter of 2007 and the first quarter of 2008 – showing the huge jump up.

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For the first quarter of 2008 – Stockton, California had the highest rate of homes in the foreclosure process at 1 house out of 30 – in second place is Riverside / San Bernardino Counties – with 1 house out of 38 affected.  For the 4 zip codes in Moreno Valley here is the following:

Zip code 92551 1 house out of 43 is in foreclosure – ranking 11 in the Southern California area

Zip code 92553 1 house out of 69 is in foreclosure – ranking 25 in the Southern California area

Zip code 92555 1 house out of 36 is in foreclosure – ranking 7 in the Southern California area

Zip code 92557 1 house out of 75 is in foreclosure – ranking 30 in the Southern California area

And there are 498 zip codes in the sample

This chart is for a 3 week period of single family homes in Moreno Valley by Notices of Default (the first step in the foreclosure process); number of new listings and the number of those new listings that are vacant; the number of pending sales and the number of those pending sales that were vacant; and the number of closed sales and the number of those that sold vacant.  43% of the new listings are priced under: $200,000.  The average list price of the pending sales was: $215,163 and the average price of the sold homes was: $233,896.  With the average home sold over 1900 square feet in size.

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Final chart is the median price per square foot for the closed sales / closed sales (vacant) / list prices of the pending sales and list prices of the pending sales the sold vacant.  Noting the pending are going out for less and there is a slight discount between prices of occupied homes and vacant homes.

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Until we see more sales then new listings and new notices of default – and more pending sales actually closing escrow – prices will not be able to start moving upward.  And the bigger the desperation of the sellers will probably result in a continued decline in home prices.  Prices now are down to the levels from the summer of 2003, and a decline of about 47% from the top of the market from the Summer of 2006.

From Beverly A. Bayer, SRA

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