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Bay Area home sales pick up as prices fall

October 14, 2011 | 10:44 am

As prices fell, Bay Area home sales picked up in September from the same month a year prior.
As prices fell, Bay Area home sales picked up in September from the same month a year prior.

Sales were up 6.6% from the same month a year ago. As is typical, sales fell from August to September, down 10.2%, to total 6,749 homes sold last month, according to real estate research firm DataQuick of San Diego.

The median price for the region fell 7.6% from the same month a year prior and was down 1.4% from August, hitting $365,000.The median is the point at which half the homes in the region sold for more and half for less.

Foreclosures and other so-called distressed properties remain a big part of the market. Foreclosures accounted for 25.6% of the resale market last month, down from a revised 25.7% in August and 27.5% in September 2010.

Short sales -– when the home is sold for less than the outstanding debt on the property -– made up 20.1% of the Bay Area market last month. That was up from 18.2% of August and 15.4% in September 2010.

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-- Alejandro Lazo
Twitter.com/alejandrolazo

Photo: A San Francisco neighborhood. Credit: Getty Images

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