Home sales spiked in Southern California for the third consecutive year, according to a new report.
The California Association of Realtors said San Bernardino County saw the largest increase in the region — six percent — followed by Orange and Los Angeles counties.
The increase is good news for people looking to sell their home, said Jordan Levine, a senior economist with the Association. However, people looking to buy homes will likely have a tougher time.
“As a buyer, it means that there's going to be fewer listings to choose from and potentially more competition for those units,” Levine said. “You're gonna have other buyers who are also interested because there are so few homes available for sale at the moment."
Year-to-Year Change in Pending Sales by County/Region
|County/Region/State||July 2017||July 2016||Yearly % Change|
|SF Bay Area||126.8||143.3||-11.5%|
Data provided by the California Association of Realtors.
Levine said growth in the Inland Empire can be attributed to affordability, especially when compared with L.A. and Orange County. However, Levine said it is also a short-term success.
“It's time for us to get serious about the root causes of this affordability issue," Levine said.
Levine said one of the problems is so-called under-building, wherein there aren’t enough houses being built to keep up with demand.
"It's questionable how long you can remain that kind of affordable commuter area if we don't get our act together and start building more units,” Levine said. “Because that's how you get into a situation where affordability starts to deteriorate pretty quickly."
Overall, Southern California saw a 1.4 percent increase in home sales in July, while the Bay Area saw a decrease of 11.5 percent.