Million-dollar-plus home sales surge in second quarter

Million-dollar-or-more home sales statewide surged in the second quarter to the highest level since the third quarter of 2007 as the economy and mortgage availability improved.

The year-over-year increase was nearly double the gain for the overall California housing market, according to San Diego-based DataQuick. Higher prices pushed some homes into the million-dollar-plus category, said DataQuick president John Walsh.

The 7,763 homes sold at $1 million or more from April to June represented an 18.5% increase from the same period last year. It was the most sales in this price range for a quarter since 2007, when 10,946 closings were recorded.

The highest quarter number of sales for $1-million or up houses since DataQuick began tracking such data was the third quarter of 2005, when 15,898 homes changed hands.


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