The third-quarter Santa Barbara area median home price showed a drop of 5% from last year, down to $1,235,000 from $1,305,000. During the same period inventory rose 14% and number of sales dropped 14%.
The Santa Barbara condo market out performed homes in the third-quarter as the median sale price rose 4%, up to $665,000 from $639,000, with inventory decreasing 3% and number of sales rising 4%.
Rising rents have played a factor in the increase of lower-end property sales, and lower affordability coupled with higher inventory levels have helped to slow higher-end sales.
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