While home prices were going up a little in most parts of the state during December, they fell 6.5% in Orange County compared to a year ago.
The median price of an existing home in the county was $229,120 in December, the California Assn. of Realtors said Friday, compared to $245,050 in December, 1989.
Sales slipped nearly 19% during the year, the trade association estimated. The figures exclude new homes, a much smaller share of the housing market.
Across the state, home prices rose 2.5% to $192,930 in December from $188,180 in December, 1989.
December's price rose a tiny 0.3% from November. It was the first time in nine months that home prices rose across the state when compared to the preceding month and the same month a year earlier, the trade association said.