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January 2016 Was Highest January For Home Sales Since 2013

January 2016 Was Highest January For Home Sales Since 2013
February 17, 2016 10:42 AM

Filed Under: california, Home Sales, Real Estate

(Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)PARK RIDGE, IL – JULY 27: A "SOLD" sign is visible atop a realtor's "FOR SALE" sign in front of a single-family home July 27, 2004 in Park Ridge, Illinois. Sales of existing homes in the U.S. reached a record high in June. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)(Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A research firm said Wednesday that buyers snapped up more than 27,500 houses and condos in California in January as the median price hit $400,000.

The number of homes sold was the highest for a January since 2013, but below the average of roughly 33,000 homes sold in the month since CoreLogic started tracking sales in 1988.

CoreLogic research analyst Andrew LePage says the sluggish activity could be due to lack of inventory and moderately tight credit restrictions.

Home closings traditionally drop off in January and February, as people don’t like to shop over the holidays.

The median price for a California home increased about 8 percent from $369,000 in January 2015.

The median price for a San Francisco Bay Area home was $625,500, up 15 percent from January 2015.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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