Central Pa. home sales rose 3 percent in 2017

Central Pennsylvania, which has seen home sales rise for much of this decade, posted another uptick in annual home sales last year as listings moved quickly and sold for higher prices over 2016.

Bright MLS, a new Mid-Atlantic home-listing service that took over MLS services from local Realtor associations last fall, told the Business Journal that midstate home sales rose 3 percent last year. That included 21,253 sales across Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties, up from 20,623 in 2016.

According to the data provided by Bright, which has offices in Rockville, Md., and King of Prussia, the median-sale price across Central Pennsylvania counties last year increased between 5 percent in Cumberland County and as much as 6.2 percent in York County.

The median-sale price in York County was $169,900 last year; it was $192,205 in Cumberland County.

Meanwhile, as buyer demand has remained strong, available homes aren’t staying on the market very long. In Lancaster County, the median for days on market last year was 28 compared with 39 days in 2016, according to Bright. In Cumberland County, the median was 30 days on market, down from 37 the previous year.

By county and school district

Breaking down sales by county, Cumberland County sales totaled 3,647, which was down slightly from 2016 (3,663).

All other counties saw home sales increase in 2017 from 2016.

  • Dauphin: 3,488 versus 3,310
  • Lancaster: 6,238 versus 6,087
  • Lebanon: 1,786 versus 1,675
  • York: 6,094 versus 5,888

In Cumberland County, the Cumberland Valley School District continues to lead the way for most home sales. There were 1,058 last year, which was down from 1,106 in 2016, according to Bright.

Central Dauphin was No. 1 for sales in Dauphin County with 1,419, up from 1,369 in 2016.

In Lancaster County, the School District of Lancaster finished 2017 with 986 sales compared with 920 in 2016. Cornwall-Lebanon led the way in Lebanon County with 523 home sales compared with 455 the previous year.

And in York County, Dallastown Area was the top district with 591 sales, up from 589.

West Shore School District, which straddles Cumberland and York counties, finished with 881 total sales, down from 938 in 2016.

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