York County home sales decreased in September, but the number of year-to-date purchases is still on the rise.
The Realtors Association of York & Adams Counties on Wednesday released statistics that show 266 homes were sold in the county last month. That's a 9 percent decrease compared to the same time period in 2011.
“I'm not real happy about September numbers,” said John LeCates, president of the association.
Statistics also show the median sale price in the county was $135,000 in September — a 10 percent decrease when compared to the same month last year.
“It's a bump in the road, but one month is not a good judge,” he said.
Good year so far: Though sales were down in September, they're up for the year, LeCates said.
During the first nine months of the year, 2,816 homes were sold, which is a 6 percent increase compared to the first nine months of 2011.
The median sale price in the county, from January through September, was $140,000 — a 3 percent decrease from last year's numbers.
“We're still optimistic the year will turn out well,” LeCates said.
So far this year, the most homes have been sold in the Central York School District. Statistics show 320 homes were sold there from January through September, which is a 21 percent increase from the 265 homes sold in the district during the first nine months of 2011.
The median sale price in the district has declined 9 percent from $172,450 last year to $157,200 this year.
In September, the median sale price also declined in many districts, including the Dallastown School District, which had the most home sales for the month. Last month, 31 homes were sold there — a 21 percent decrease from the 39 sold in the district during September 2011.
The median sale price also declined 12 percent from $165,000 in September 2011 to $145,500 last month.