Difficulty for consumers in obtaining loans and the vast number of short sales (delayed property closings) surely contributed to the lower number as did a general slowdown in foreclosed properties coming to the market.
There were some bright spots in the market – as always Real Estate is local and a look at the local areas confirms that. Palm Springs Central (north of Ramon Road but south of Vista Chino) saw an increase of 29% in the number of homes sold year over year. It was also the second month in a row as October had a 22.2% increase. Thousand Palms and La Quinta as well as two of the three sections of Indio all saw significant double digit gains in numbers of properties sold year over year.
At the end of the day, however, we saw a drop and the inventory slipped back up to 9.7 months. This is the number of months it would take to sell existing inventory at current rates if no other homes came on the market.
In the new year we will be looking for government programs, incentive and consumer confidence to drive home sales. Additionally the banks, at least in the Palm Springs marketplace, should start releasing more homes from their foreclosure inventory in the lower price ranges. There is a pent up demand for the lower priced homes that has not been addressed on the local level.
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