While new home construction in Hesperia remains dormant, previously owned homes are increasingly popular among buyers.


Resales of residential homes hit 1,650 in 2011, according to Karen Sanchez, a Realtor with Real Living Hamilton Landon. That's up 7 percent from the 1,532 resales the year before, she said.


"There are more buyers in the market, but they're buying them at $75,000 rather than at $200,000," Sanchez said.


In 2006, near the peak of the housing market, buyers purchased 1,382 previously owned homes.


It doesn't hurt that values have dropped precipitously since that time.


"At the top of the market ... Hesperia peaked at like $202 a square foot," Sanchez said. "Unbelievable."


The average home in Hesperia is now selling for $60.68 per square foot, according to the most recent figures from Larry Trombley with Century 21 Rose Realty.


As a result, lots of Sanchez's customers are people who were priced out of the market only a few years ago.


"What a great chance for a first-time buyer to buy a house," she said. "You might be able to rent a house at $1,250 (a month) but buy it at $800."


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