LEMOYNE, Pa., – April 14, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — The Pennsylvania housing market got off to a slow start in the first quarter of 2014, according to a report released by the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors®.
Overall home sales declined six percent in the first quarter compared to the first quarter of 2013. The report shows 24,250 closed sales in the first quarter of 2014, based on multiple listing systems (MLSs) reporting to PAR.
On a positive note, median sales prices continued an upward momentum, rising about two percent in the first quarter to $155,000. In addition, days on market continued to fall, down nearly four percent in the first quarter to 95 days, compared to 99 days in the same period in 2013.
New listings decreased seven percent in the first quarter compared to the same time last year.
Adverse weather conditions may have been a contributing factor. “Across much of Pennsylvania, we experienced a harsher than normal winter,” said 2014 PAR President Kim Skumanick. “I think with the warmer spring temperatures and favorable interest rates, we’ll see a renewed optimism in the real estate market.
“We’re seeing positive trends in the national economy that should result in a healthy spring housing market,” Skumanick said. “While interest rates are slightly higher than their all-time low, they remain attractive and affordable. Buying a home is still a great investment to help build long-term wealth.”
The statewide housing market report is available at parealtor.org.
The Pennsylvania Association of Realtors® is a trade/professional association that serves more than 28,000 members in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
by Kim Shindle