A home for sale in Southern California. Photo by Alexander Nguyen
A home for sale in Southern California. Photo by Alexander Nguyen

The median price of a home in Los Angeles County rose by 5.8 percent in October, compared with the same month a year ago, while the number of homes sold fell by 0.4 percent, a real estate information service announced Wednesday.

According to CoreLogic, the median price of a Los Angeles County home was $490,000 last month, up from $463,000 in October 2014. A total of 6,968 homes were sold in the county, down from 6,999 during the same month the previous year.

In Orange County, the median price was $600,000 last month, up 1.1 percent from $593,500 in October 2014. The number of homes sold dropped by 0.7 percent, from 2,877 in October 2014 to 2,858 last month.

A total of 19,930 new and resale houses and condos changed hands in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, Ventura, San Bernardino and Orange counties last month, according to CoreLogic. That was down 5.5 percent from 21,093 in September and up 1.3 percent from 19,673 in October 2014.

The median price for a Southern California home was $435,000 in October, unchanged from September and up 5.6 percent from $412,000 in October 2014.

“After a relatively strong summer, Southern California home sales lost steam in October, dipping more than usual from September and rising only slightly from a year earlier,” said Andrew LePage, a research analyst for CoreLogic. “Sales remain constrained by a tight inventory of homes for sale and lower affordability. So far this year — January through October — sales are up 9 percent year over year and are the second-highest for that 10-month period in six years, behind 2013.”

—City News Service

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