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June 21, 2011 > N. Calif home prices down 9 percent in May

N. Calif home prices down 9 percent in May

Submitted By AP Wire Service

LOS ANGELES (AP), Jun 15 - The San Francisco Bay Area's median home price fell more than 9 percent last month to $372,000 from $410,000 in May 2010, the region's sharpest year-over-year drop in nearly two years.

San Diego-based MDA DataQuick said Wednesday that the share of sales involving distressed properties and other lower-priced homes was helping pull the median down.

The median in the nine-county region was up about 3 percent from April.

Home sales dropped more than 15 percent from around 8,300 in May 2010 to about 7,000 last month.

Sales were up about 3 percent from around 6,800 April.

Foreclosures accounted for about 27 percent of last month's sales, some three times the monthly average of 9 percent over the last 15 years.

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