Sacramento homes sales fall by 32 percent for November

Sacramento Real Estate Market Reports

Its easy to understand why; in most cases, you cannot come close to buying a new home for what you could buy a re-sale for here in the Sacramento area.

I have said for a long time that our entry level price range must eventually “bounce” here in our Sacramento housing market in and get back in line with replacement costs. When the supply of repos and short sales slow, the prices must recover to be closer with new construction. I mean it’s almost ridiculous: In some neighborhoods, if someone gave you the lot, paid for the permits and gave you a truckload of lumber, you still couldn’t build a new house as cheap as you could just buy a re-sale home!

Michael Shaw of the Sac Bee wrote a great little piece the other day and I am including it here:

November new-home sales in Sacramento were 32 percent lower than the same month in 2008, according to figures released by California Building Industry Association on Wednesday.

A total of 141 new homes of all types were sold in the four-county region, compared with 181 sales the year before. The average price paid for those homes, however, inched 2.8 percent higher to $329,300.

The association reports home sales figures compiled by analyst Hanley Wood Market Intelligence, which tracks new home communities with more than 10 units.

In the state, the November sales rate at California new-home communities was 4 percent lower than 2008

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