Rancho Santa Margarita a winner in housing, too!

Rancho Santa Margarita has a pretty good Little League … and a decent housing market, too!

The city’s youth baseball team is representing western states by playing in the Little League World Series in Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, we’ll note Rancho Santa Margarita’s housing market in 2017’s first six months looked strong with above-average gains in pricing and sales activity.

CoreLogic statistics for the first half of 2017, compared with the same period a year earlier, show these trends for Rancho Santa Margarita …

1. 440 homes sold this year vs. 427 a year ago.

2. That’s a sales gain of 3 percent vs. a homebuying gain of 2.2 percent countywide.

3. Median selling price this year of $560,000 vs. $515,500 in 2016.

4. That’s a price gain of 8.6 percent. Countywide median was $675,000, up 3.1 percent vs. first-half 2016.

Here are six countywide trends to ponder, first half 2017 vs. first half 2016 …

1. Prices rose in 70 of 83 Orange County ZIPs. Sales rose in 50 of the 83.

2. In the 27 least expensive ZIPs — median price at $597,500 and below -– 5,258 homes sold. That’s up 0.8 percent.

3. In the 27 priciest ZIPs — median price of $755,000-plus -– 6,431 homes sold. That’s up 5.7 percent.

4. In nine ZIPs with medians above $1 million, sales totaled 1,256 homes, up 7.8 percent.

5. In 16 beach-close ZIPs, 3,158 homes sold, up 3.27 percent.

6. There were 10 ZIPs with median prices under $500,000 with total sales of 1,799 homes. A year ago, 18 ZIPs had medians under $500,000 with 2,793 sales.



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