LA JOLLA, Calif. ( DQNews) -- California home sales picked up in June from the volume in May but came in slightly below the year-earlier level, a real estate information service reported.

An estimated 43,964 new and resale houses and condos were sold statewide last month. That was up 7.3% from 40,965 in May, and down 0.5% from 44,167 for June 2009, according to MDA DataQuick. The San Diego firm tracks real estate trends nationally via public property records.

California sales for the month of June have varied from a low of 35,202 in 2008 to a peak of 76,669 in 2004, while the average is 50,405. MDA DataQuick's statistics go back to 1988.

The median price paid for a home last month was $270,000, down 2.9% from $278,000 in May, and up 9.8% from $246,000 for June a year ago. The year-over-year increase was the eighth in a row, following 27 months of year-over-year decline. The bottom of the current cycle was $221,000 in April 2009, the peak was at $484,000 in early 2007.

Of the existing homes sold last month, 34.7% were properties that had been foreclosed on during the past year. That was down from a revised 35.4% in May and down from 45.6% in June a year ago. The all-time high was in February 2009 at 58.5%.

The typical mortgage payment that home buyers committed themselves to paying last month was $1,125. That was down from $1,183 in May, and the same as June 2009. Adjusted for inflation, last month's mortgage payment was 48.0% below the spring 1989 peak of the prior real estate cycle. It was 57.8% below the current cycle's peak in June 2006.

MDA DataQuick is a division of MDA Lending Solutions, a subsidiary of Vancouver-based MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates. MDA DataQuick monitors real estate activity nationwide and provides information to consumers, educational institutions, public agencies, lending institutions, title companies and industry analysts.

Indicators of market distress continue to move in different directions. Foreclosure activity has declined somewhat but remains high by historical standards. Financing with multiple mortgages is low, down payment sizes are stable, cash and non-owner occupied buying is above average, MDA DataQuick reported.