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Charleston SC Real Estate Blog: Charleston Real Estate Market Shows Strength and Stability in 2011
Sales Volume Up, Stability in Median Price, Inventory moves to new 5-year Low.
According to preliminary figures released by The Charleston Trident Association of REALTORS® (CTAR) 648 homes sold at a median price of $191,500 in November, while inventory declined again to reach a new low of 7,258 homes listed as actively for sale.
Last November, 588 homes sold at a median price of $189,700 as inventory stood nearly 20% higher than the current level. “The continued decline of inventory is an important factor in maintaining the stability and health of our local market, as we anticipate the addition of bank-owned inventory in the early stages of 2012” said Rob Woodul, 2011 President of CTAR.
Compared to last November, sales volume is up by 10% and the median home price is a slight 1% higher.
Charleston Real Estate Market Shows Strength and Stability in 2011
“2011 has been a pivotal year for the Charleston real estate market. Without the support of a tax credit or other incentives, our market had to stand on its own and it did so considerably well. We’ve had 11 months of relatively stable activity and are beginning to close the gap on prices—which will likely be affected by additional foreclosed inventory next year. However, continued job growth and economic development in our region should help soften the potential negative effects of that bank-owned inventory” said Woodul.
“This year, local REALTORS® have helped nearly 8,500 individuals or families make an investment in the Charleston area. Whether the market is up or down, helping people and families find a place to call home only adds to our region’s stability and strengthens our sense of community” said Woodul.
Year-to-date, 8,453 homes have sold at a median price of $180,796, which indicates nearly 5% sales growth and a 3% decline in prices compared to this point in 2010, when just over 8,000 homes had sold at a median price of $187,00.
Preliminary numbers reported for October 2011 indicated 670 homes sold at a median price of $190,000. Adjusted numbers now show 677 sales at the same median price.
BERKELEY COUNTY REAL ESTATE
168 homes sold at a median price of $175,312 in Berkeley County in November—a considerable improvement from last November, when 138 sales resulted in a median price of $169,187.
The most active area of the county was Goose Creek/Monck’s Corner from Highway 52 to the Cooper River, where 45 homes changed hands at a median price of $164,590. The most expensive homes in the County can be found on Daniel Island, where the median home price last month was $387,000. The most affordable homes in Berkeley County are in the area of St. Stephen/Bonneau, where the median home price was $57,900.
CHARLESTON COUNTY REAL ESTATE
335 homes sold at a median price of $225,848 in November in Charleston County; compared to 318 sales at a median price of $236,175 last November.
Outside of the county’s largest geographic area of Mount Pleasant, where 94 homes sold at a median price of $318,125, the most active area of the county was again, in West Ashley (outside I-526) where 51 homes sold at a significantly increased median price of $198,250. The most expensive homes in the County sold in the resort community of Wild Dunes, where 9 sales resulted in a median price of $827,900. The most affordable homes sold in North Charleston (inside I-526) where 16 homes changed hands at a median price of $55,000.
DORCHESTER COUNTY REAL ESTATE
125 homes sold at a median price of $176,000 during November in Dorchester County, which shows a healthy increase in sales volume and notable increase in price, compared to last November’s 112 sales at a median price of $152,136.
The most active area was Summerville/Ridgeville, where 68 homes sold at a median price of $186,400; also making it the most expensive area in November. The most affordable homes sold in the St. George/Harleyville area, where 4 homes sold at a median price of $112,500.
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