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Feather River Bulletin , Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015 3A mome Ann Powers Staff Writer apowers@plu If home sales are any indication of how the - economy is doing, Klondike-like days could be making a comeback in Plumas County Area Realtors say luxury real estate struck gold in 2014 with numerous homes selling for more than $1 million. The Lake Almanor real estate market saw 11 luxury home sales over $1 million, and four of those sold for more than $2 million, according to Jay Sabelman, who owns Lake Almanor Brokers. "Which is a definite huge surge from the time period of 2005 to present," he noted Elsewhere, Dickson Realty represented both the buyer and seller on a Grizzly Ranch house that closed in December for $1,425,000 A Whitehawk Ranch high-end dwelling sealed the deal at $1,062,000 in August. "These home sales are the first in the area that were more than $1 million since October 2007," said Dickson's Scott Walquist. "There were no foreclosure sales or short sales in the lux.ury market, also a first since 2007 that greatly contributed to overall optimism in the real estate community" In addition, home sales ,i above $500,000 in 2014 gained : significant ground over the previous year. In 2013, nine homes sold in this category with an average price of $612,111. The median in 2014 was $769,550 with 10 sold, said Walquist. That said, the county appears to be following a larger market trend. Economists say high-end home sales are climbing nationwide as a recovering economy, coupled with stocks nearly triple 2009 lows, encourages affluent buyers "The real estate mai-ket is the ultimate reflection of confidence, wealth and income," CoreLogic economist Sam Khater stated on Moreover, reports show loan applications rose last year for home purchases of $500,000 or more. In April, the average loan size reached $280,000 -- the highest since 1990. Getaway home sales are We now accept: CareCredit to manage ),our family's out-of-pocket vision exams & eye wear. A reported increase in high-end home sales forecasts brighter days for local economies. This home is for sale in the Graeagle area for $995,000. Photos courtesy Dickson Realty luxury living is making a comeback in Plumas County. "The real estate market is the ultimate reflection of confidence, wealth and income." Sam Khater Economist CoreLogic also raising the roof. Service starting at $869,000 Vacation properties made upThe average list price is 13 percent of transactions in $1,360,000. 2013. That's the largest share Sabelman summarized the in seven years, according to sales boost to be beneficial the National Association offor local businesses and Realtors. attracting residential Walquist says that's a newcomers bonus for Plumas County. 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