California’s median price continued to register double-digit gains from year-ago levels and strong sales of higher-priced homes led to a year-over-year increase in sales in California during November, the CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® reported this week.

  • The statewide median price of an existing, single-family detached home increased 2.3 percent from October’s $341,370 median price to $349,300 in November. 
  • November’s price was up 24.8 percent from a revised $279,910 recorded in November 2011, marking the ninth consecutive month of annual price increases and the fifth consecutive month of double-digit annual gains.  The year-to-year percentage increase was the largest since June 2004.
  • Sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California were down 4.9 percent from October, but up 2.7 percent compared with the previous year.

“California’s median home price continued to strengthen in November, marking its highest point since August 2008,” said C.A.R. Vice President and Chief Economist Leslie Appleton-Young.  “The significant increase in price was due in part to the change in the mix of sales. Coastal markets, which tend to have high-end properties, accounted for a larger share of total sales and led to strong price gains overall.”