The number of Triangle homes sold in April was down year over year, but new data from the Triangle Multiple Listing Service show a couple of welcome trends.
First, while the 1,623 homes sold last month represented a 30 percent drop from the 2,324 sold in April 2008, it is the highest monthly total posted in six months. The triangle remains strong for those seeking Chapel Hill, Durham, or Raleigh relocation services.
Even better, the number of houses on the market represented a 7.5 month supply, down almost half from a high of 14.9 months in November. April 2008 featured a 6.9 month supply.
The median price for houses sold in April dipped 4 percent, to $177,600, from $184,922 in the same month last year. While a negative number, it’s still much better than the double-digit declines seen across much of the U.S.
The MLS figures, which are supplied by Stacey Anfindsen of research company Metrostudy, cover the Raleigh-Cary and Durham metropolitan areas. The numbers also are broken down by county.
• In Wake County, the number of homes sold dropped 35 percent, to 862. The inventory for sale represented a 7.3-month supply, up from 6.3 a year ago. The median price fell 2.5 percent, to $195,000.
• In Durham County, the number of homes sold slipped 20 percent, to 245. The inventory for sale for each Durham real estate agency represented a 4.9-month supply, down from 5.2 a year ago. The median price rose 3 percent to $170,000.
• In Orange County, the number of homes sold plunged 48 percent, to 57. The inventory for sale represented a 6.5-month supply, up from 5.9 a year ago. The median price fell 11 percent to $258,000.
• In Johnston County, the number of homes sold dips 22 percent, to 173. The inventory for sale represented a 8.9-month supply, up from 8.1 a year ago. The median price fell 5.6 percent, to $150,100.