The local housing market rebounded after a winter slump and showed a double-digit gain in April.

York County home sales increased 16 percent last month, according to statistics released Friday by the Realtors Association of York & Adams Counties.

Some 338 homes were sold last month, compared to 291 in April 2013.

"It seems to be back and getting better," said John LeCates, past president of RAYAC.

Home sales slid 20 percent in March, which realtors attributed to a harsh winter.

"I didn't want to go out, and home buyers didn't want to see houses either in all the snow and ice," LeCates said.

He described a different scenario for spring sales.

"By the time we go to a showing, the house has sold or has an offer on it. There are definitely a lot of multiple offers out there," LeCates said.

While home sales are improving, they're "not increasing by leaps and bounds," he said.

"A house still needs to be priced right," LeCates said.

Last month, the median sale price increased to $140,750 — up 4 percent from $134,900 in April 2013.

"Four percent isn't much, but for years we were going down. It's an improvement," he said.

Prices are still cheap in York City, with a median sale price of $28,000 in April.

"You can get a live-in house there for the same price as a minivan, but taxes are still outrageous," LeCates said.


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For example, he recently worked with a couple who bought a move-in ready home for $79,000. The mortgage was $375 a month, and the taxes were $400 a month.

"That blew my mind to see taxes more than the mortgage," he said.

Prices and sales have slowly increased throughout the year, according to RAYAC.

From January through April, 1,171 homes were sold in York County — a 2 percent increase from the 1,143 homes sold during the same fourth-month period in 2013.

During that same quarter, the median sale price increased 4 percent to $140,000, compared to $135,000 in 2013.

Prices and sales are picking up across the country, according to the National Association of Realtors, a trade organization in Washington, D.C.

The association reported pending home sales started to rise in March — the first gain in nine months.

"After a dismal winter, more buyers got an opportunity to look at homes last month and are beginning to make contract offers," said Lawrence Yun, chief economist at NAR.

—Reach Candy Woodall at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.