Home sales in Eureka, California continued to trend upward. First time homebuyers continued to be the largest group of home buyers. Low inventory and low interest rates meant some home sellers received multiple offers from many buyers. We still have a shortage of homes for sale in the $150,000 to $250,000 price range.
Investor buyers remained active, scooping up many of the bank owned homes coming onto our market.
The most interesting statistic has been the number of homes being purchased by what I term as the "Move-Up Home Buyer'. These are buyers who are trading up from the first home to a larger 3 or 4 bedroom home. These homes range in price from $250,000 to $400,000. The number of homes selling to this group of home buyers increased 10% over February. Very good news for home sellers in this upper price range where previously this market stagnanted and we saw few if any sales in this price point.
With historically low interest rates I believe this market will continue to be driven by first time home buyers and move-up home buyers will become more competive as inventory in the upper price point is bought out. A concern I've spoken up previously has been and continues to be locating new inventory. And now we're seeing increased pressure by our market to provide new inventory for the "move-up home buyers" in the $250,000 to $400,000 price range.