San Luis Obispo County home sales and the median price dropped last month as the region grappled with continuing economic weakness and the end of the federal homebuyer tax credit.
Sales of all homes, including new and resale single-family detached houses and condominiums, were down nearly 19 percent in July, according to DataQuick, a Southern California-based real estate tracking firm.
A total of 237 homes were sold last month, compared to 292 sold in July 2009. Sales dipped 24.3 percent from June when a total of 313 homes sold in the county.
The county median for July was $375,000, down 2.6 percent from July 2009, when it was $385,000. The median slipped 6.4 percent from June, when the median price stood at $400,500.
Sales of resale condos saw the most significant drop — 34 percent — in July. A total of 23 were sold, compared to 35 in the same month a year ago. Existing condo sales declined nearly 49 percent from June, when 45 sold.
Meanwhile, the median price of condos rose 11 percent in July to $310,000 from $279,000 in the same month a year ago. It’s a 19.2 percent increase from June, when the median condo price was $260,000.
Sales of existing, single-family homes also declined last month. A total of 202 detached homes sold, down from 241 in July 2009, a 16.2 percent drop. Sales were down 14.4 percent from June, when 236 homes sold.
The median for single-family detached homes was $380,750 in July, falling 2.9 percent from July 2009, when it was $392,000. The median in this housing category fell 9.3 percent from June, when the median was $420,000.
New home sales dropped in July, with only 12 sold, four fewer than in the same month the previous year, representing a 25 percent drop year over year. It’s a 62.5 percent decline from June, when 32 new homes were sold.
The median price of new homes in the county increased 7.8 percent from the previous year. In July, the median was $430,250, up from $399,000 in July 2009.
For new homes, the median is down 19 percent from June, when it was $532,000.
— Julie Lynem Hospice Partners hires care director
Hospice Partners of the Central Coast has hired Laurie Lackland as its new director of patient care services.
She will oversee the clinical staff at Hospice Partners and help to expand the agency’s palliative care program.
Lackland holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing and recently served as director of hospice for Good Samaritan Society Hospice in Prescott, Ariz.
In her new position at Hospice Partners, Lackland will concurrently pursue a master’s degree through Vanderbilt University to become an adult nurse practitioner with a specialty in palliative care.
Hospice Partners is a state-licensed provider of end-of-life care to the residents of San Luis Obispo County and northern Santa Barbara County.
— Julia Hickey