“WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Capping the worst year for housing since World War II, sales of new U.S. homes fell sharply in December for the second month in a row after a popular tax credit for buyers was set to expire, the Commerce Department estimated Wednesday.”
This headline appeared on news service wires across the country in the last few days. Network newscasts lead with the statistic of 9.3% drop in sales for the month of December. Radio stations declared the housing market to still be shaky. Well the reality is that Real Estate market is still very much local.
The Palm Springs / Coachella Valley experienced a sales increase and a median sales price increase in December 2009. National, regional or statewide statistics are useful to focus on general trends in the economy but the only way to truly understand the market you are in is to have local statistics.
These stats are:
Sept 09: 812 homes sold
Oct 09: 814 homes Sold
Nov 09: 776 homes sold
Dec 09: 915 homes sold
Median sales price during these months went from $177,500 to $193,000.
January is off to a great start and there are lots of buyers looking in the market. Offers are flowing and it seems quite busy. Not that everything is perfect and the market is certainly still challenged by finance issues and foreclosures but no one can say the Palm Springs market experienced a sales drop in December of 2009.
For more information about market conditions in Palm Springs be sure to see my website at www.PSagent.com