Triangle housing market hits highest sales month in years

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The Triangle housing market in June had its highest sales month in at least the last seven years with a 21 percent increase in the number of home sales reported and a 6 percent increase in the average home sale price.
Local housing market analyst Stacey Anfindsen says much of the increase was due to pent up demand from earlier in the year when the market essentially took about six weeks off during the winter because of the inclement weather.

“June is more reflective of what was going on in April and early May since most closings take about 30 days,” he says. “But we can’t continue with 20 percent increases or our inventory will be zero.”

In June, the market’s inventory of homes for sale was down 16 percent, according to the monthlyTriangle Multiple Listing Service, which tracks 16 counties in the greater Triangle region.

Closed sales were up 21 percent to 3,913 units compared to the year prior. The median sales price was up 10 percent to $231,000 and the average sales price was up 6 percent to $269,999.

For the Raleigh-Cary-Durham-Chapel Hill MSA that Anfindsen tracks in his monthly Market Update report, sales in June were up 22 percent with an overall sales price increase of 6 percent and an average re-sale sales price increase of 7 percent.

For the second quarter 2015, home sales were up 10 percent compared to the year prior, which is also outpacing the market’s 3 percent job growth compared to 2014. “Since investor activity has died down, the sales growth might be coming from retirees moving into the area,” Anfindsen theorizes.

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