Home prices may be bottoming out in Hesperia, with the slide downward less severe than in 2008-09.


Victor Valley-wide, home values continued a slight decline from a year ago, according to figures compiled by Hesperia-based real estate agent Larry Trombley.


The $64.14 per-square-foot valuation was down 6.6 percent from last year's $68.64. However, the home value dip over the past year was relatively slight compared to last year's whopping 42.5 percent drop from January 2008 averages, Trombley's figures show.


Adelanto had the lowest dollar per-square-foot average at $52.27 with Apple Valley the highest at $75.33. Trailing Apple Valley are Spring Valley Lake ($69.50), Phelan/Piñon Hills ($67.63), Hesperia ($62.55) and Victorville ($59.51).


Over all in January, 396 homes out of 1,114 listed were sold in the Victor Valley. The average home sold for $122,827. The last time home sales prices were as low throughout the valley in January was in 2001 when the average home sold for $114,773. The all-time high January was in 2006, when the average home was $323,519.


Other noteworthy figures:


• Thirty-nine percent of January's inventory was bank-owned.


• Sixty-four percent were vacant.


Trombley, an agent with Rose Realty in Hesperia, emails his "Pulse of the High Desert Real Estate" newsletter every month. His figures come from the Victor Valley Multiple Listing Service.