Despite the snow and the blustery weather that kept many Yorkers inside for the month of February, some families were braving the weather to find a new place to keep the home fires burning. And according to local Realtors, the sale price of those homes is on the rise, too.
In February, 251 homes were sold in York County, according to the Realtors Association of York and Adams Counties. That is a 16 percent increase compared to February sales from last year.
The median sale price of the homes sold in February was $147,900, an increase of about $11,000 or 8 percent from sales last year.
January: The number of homes also increased from January sales, when RAYAC reported 234 homes sold. The organization said the winter weather may have had an impact on the slower start to sales in 2014, but the housing market increased in February despite the lingering winter conditions.
"We're cautiously optimistic that we're going to have a great spring," said Paula Musselman, RAYAC president.
Musselman said even though temperatures are warming up, Realtors need to be ready to contend with the elements. Musselman showed a house this week in her rubber ladybug boots to trudge through the snow, only to meet another Realtor in rubber-clad feet at the same house.
"Agents do what we have to do to get to the property," Musselman said, adding she's hoping to replace her snow shovel and boots with warm-weather gear this month.
She added the market is in short supply of homes, meaning the houses for sale have received multiple offers despite the poor weather conditions.
"We need more inventory," Musselman said. "We're ready."
Overall, 499 homes have been sold this year in York County. That's 30 more than were sold in 2013 through the first two months of the year. The median sale price for homes since the beginning of 2014 is $139,900, up slightly from $138,000 in 2013.
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