Dallastown, Central York help lead York County home sales to 7 percent rise
After a fairly flat August for home sales, the York County housing market shot up by 7 percent in September, driven largely by areas that are historically strong for home sales.
The Realtors Association of York & Adams Counties reported 541 home sales for the month, up nearly 7 percent from 506 a year ago. In August, home sales were up just 1 percent.
Dallastown Area and Central York, the county's leading school districts for home sales, saw gains in September of 42 percent and 27 percent, respectively.
The two districts are the only ones in the county to eclipse 400 home sales for the year to date. Dallastown is up to 485 sales through nine months, while Central has posted 432, according to the association.
The median-sale price across York County in September was up 5 percent, at $169,900. The biggest increases were in Hanover, Eastern York, South Eastern and South Western, according to the association. The four districts all saw median-sale prices increase by more than 20 percent in September.
"September was a strong month with increases in both median-sale price and number of homes sold," said Deborah Goodling, the association's current president. "The majority of school districts are seeing an increase in sale price, which is great news for potential sellers."
The year-to-date median price is $166,000, up 4 percent from last year. And there have been 4,500 total sales through September, a 5 percent increase from last year's pace.
Just four districts have experienced double-digit sales growth this year — York Suburban (38 percent), Dover (16 percent), Southern York (15 percent) and Northern York (12 percent).
York City's year-to-date home sales are up 6 percent. Meanwhile, the median-sale price has jumped 40 percent to $53,250, the biggest increase in the county this year.