York County home sales showed little growth in June and remained stagnant throughout the first six months of the year.
Last month, 423 homes were sold — a 1 percent increase from the 419 homes sold in June 2013, according to statistics released Thursday by the Realtors Association of York & Adams Counties.
The median sales price last month was $149,000, which is a 3 percent increase from $145,000 during the same month last year.
"We're in neutral. But I feel that we will keep moving in a positive direction," said Paula Musselman, association president.
Though sales picked up slightly during spring, a harsh winter kept sales flat during the first six months of the year, she said.
From Jan. 1 through June 30, 2,017 homes were sold in York County, just 10 more than the previous year.
During that same time period, the median sales price increased 1.4 percent from $140,000 last year to $142,000 this year.
Positive signs: But there are positive signs in the local housing market, Musselman said.
"I'm seeing fewer short sells and feeling like there's more energy in the market now," she said.
Realtors are also doing more relocations, Musselman said.
"Businesses in York are bringing people into the area. There's a feeling the local job market is rebounding," she said.
Earlier this month, the state Department of Labor & Industry announced the York-Hanover unemployment rate reached its lowest level since before the recession.
In its 16th consecutive decrease, the local rate dropped to 5.4 percent in May — the most recent statistics available from the state department.
"That's great news for us because housing is largely impacted by employment," Musselman said.
Inventory: But the local housing market still needs more inventory, she said.
"We still need more homes on the market in the $150,000 to $220,000 range, and even those in the $89,000 and $90,000 range. There are a lot of young professionals looking for their first home," Musselman said.
The homes also need to be well staged, with neutral paint, great curb appeal and clean floors.
"It can be as easy as taking a deer head off the wall," she said.
An area of the county where many people are looking for homes is east of the city, Musselman said.
"The Central York School District is hot," she said.
Last month, 55 homes were sold in the district — a 20 percent increase compared to June 2013.
The median sales price also increased 27 percent, from $137,400 in June 2013 to $175,000 last month.
"We're expecting the next few months to be strong as well," Musselman said.
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