County home prices, sales jump in March

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SAN DIEGO – The median price of a home in San Diego County rose by 5.1 percent in March, compared with the same month a year ago, while the number of homes sold jumped by 2 percent, a real estate information service announced Monday.

According to CoreLogic, the median price of a San Diego County home was $478,000 last month, up from $455,000 in March 2015. A total of 3,547 homes were sold in the county, up from 3,477 during the same month the previous year.

A total of 20,370 new and resale houses and condos changed hands in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Ventura, San Bernardino and Orange counties last month, according to CoreLogic. That was up 34.5 percent from 15,149 in February and up 1.9 percent from 19,987 in March 2015.

The median price of a Southern California home was $449,000 in March, up 4.4 percent from $430,000 in February and up 5.6 percent from $425,000 in March 2015.

“Last month the housing market experienced a normal, seasonal spike from February in the number of recorded transactions, which reflects more buyers and sellers entering the market as the holidays and winter faced,” said Andrew LePage, a research analyst for CoreLogic. “However, sales only rose about 2 percent year over year and remained about 15 percent below the average sales tally for the month of March since the late 1980s. This suggests that despite the improved economy and still-low mortgage rates, many would-be buyers continue to face hurdles such as waning affordability, moderately tight credit and a relatively inventory of homes for sale.”

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