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Los Angeles home sales fell 24% in September, bringing housing market activity down 11% for the year, compared to 2017, according to research from Pacific Union International. The fall in housing activity is a supply issue, with few for-sale options. In September, while housing sales declined, the supply showed no improvement and homes sales continued to rise, up 20%. In addition to the supply issues, rising mortgage rates and pricing pushed some homebuyers out of the market. This could help to rebalance the scales between home buyers and home sellers.

“Sales slowed due to several factors. One is spike in mortgage rates since last year, which combined with increase in home prices raised cost of ownership by about 20-25%,” Selma Hepp, chief economist and VP of business intelligence at Pacific Union International, tells GlobeSt.com. “Also, sentiment that we have reached the top of the home price growth caused some buyers to pull back because they don’t want to buy at the top of the market. Also, the overall inventory in this area has not seen much improvement, especially in more affordable neighborhoods thus buyers are looking at very few options and facing a strong competition.”

Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Borland is a freelance writer and editor living whose work has appeared in such publications as Travel + Leisure, Angeleno and Riviera Orange County.

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