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Existing home sales and prices up

California existing home sales and prices up in June - The California Association of Realtors announced that sales of existing, single-family detached homes totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 443,150 units in June. The statewide sales figure represents what would be the total number of homes sold during 2017 if sales maintained the June pace throughout the year. It is adjusted to account for seasonal factors that typically influence home sales. The June figure was up 3.3% from the revised 428,890 level in May and up 2.4% compared with home sales in June 2016 of a revised 432,880. Year-to-date sales are running 3.2% ahead of last year’s pace.  
The statewide median price was up 0.9% from a revised $550,080 in May to reach $555,150 in June, and was 7.0% higher than the revised $518,830 recorded in June 2016. The median sales price is the point at which half of homes sold for more and half sold for less. 

Foreign home buyers set U.S. record - The National Association of Realtors announced that foreigners purchased 284,455 residential properties in the 12 months ending March 31, 2017. That's an increase of about 34% from the same period one year ago. The dollar volume surged nearly 50% to $153 billion. That was a new record. Chinese nationals purchased $31.7 billion worth of residential properties, up from $27.3 billion one year earlier. The group with the largest increase was Canadians who purchased $19 billion worth of residential properties, up from $8.9 billion in the 12 months ending March 31, 2016. It was a dramatic jump considering that the strong U.S. dollar makes properties more expensive. Foreign buyers spent $35 billion on California residential properties. That was up from $27 billion one year earlier. Asian buyers represented 71% of foreign buyers in California, up from 51% a year earlier. 


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