Still Crashing: 2011 Was Worst Year Ever for Real Estate Sales

Still Crashing: 2011 Was Worst Year Ever for Real Estate Sales

Mac Slavo

January 26th, 2012

While the National Association of Realtors says the real estate trend for 2012 will be one of “continued slow growth” as we saw in 2011, the reality is that there is no growth.

It’s so bad, in fact, that 2011 was the worst year on record for home sales. You read that right. The worst year since records have been kept – a trend we warned of back in 2009 when green shoots were reportedly popping up all over the country.

Fewer people bought new homes in December, making 2011 the worst sales year on record.

The Commerce Department said Thursday new-home sales fell last month to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 307,000. The pace is less than half the 700,000 that economists say must be sold in a healthy economy.

About 302,000 homes were sold last year. That’s less than the 323,000 sold in 2010, making 2011 the worst year on records dating back to 1963.

The median sales prices for new homes dropped in December to $210,300. Builders continued to slash price to stay competitive.

Still, sales of new homes rose in the final quarter of 2011, supporting other signs of a slow turnaround afoot in the depressed housing market.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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