SAN DIEGO (AP) - A research firm says Southern California posted its strongest home sales for a January in six years amid heavy interest from investors.
DataQuick said Wednesday that more than 16,000 single-family houses and condominiums sold in the six-county region, up 11 percent from a year earlier.
The median sales price was $321,000, down slightly from December but up nearly 24 percent from $260,000 a year earlier.
Pricier, coastal regions led by Orange County posted the strongest sales gains. Sales above $800,000 nearly doubled and sales between $300,000 and $800,000 increased by half, while sales below $300,000 fell.
DataQuick says absentee buyers - mostly investors and second-home purchasers - bought nearly one of every three homes sold. Buyers paying cash bought more than one of every three homes sold.
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