Realtors: Sales strong, median sold price increases slightly

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Article Published: Aug. 22, 2013 | Modified: Aug. 22, 2013
Realtors: Sales strong, median sold price increases slightly


Local real estate sales surpassed 120 for the second straight month in July, with median sale prices increasing slightly, according to the latest report by the High Country Association of Realtors.

There were 124 homes worth $29.6 million sold last month, as recorded by the High Country Multiple Listing Service, which tracks Realtor-assisted sales in Ashe, Avery and Watauga County.

The median sale price was $195,500, a small increase over the media price in June ($195,000). It’s also 3 percent higher than the median sold price through the first six months of the year ($189,950).
Sales for the year are roughly even compared to last year at this time, with 680 sold in first seven months of 2013; 676 sold in 2012.

Homes sold in July were on the market an average of 245 days. Another 437 homes were newly listed, the lowest such number in four months.

As the housing market continues its slow improvement, state realtors are concerned with the impact of legislation recently signed by N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory, which limits deductions used by many homeowners.

Part of a comprehensive report of state tax laws, the legislation caps at $20,000 itemized deductions for mortgage interest and property taxes. According to the Charlotte Business Journal, “Some legislators wanted to eliminate the deduction all together. The state Realtors group worries that next year the cap may be lowered to $15,000 or $10,000 — or be cut completely.”

In other real estate news, average rates on fixes mortgage have changed little in the past few weeks. As of Aug. 8, the average rate for a 30-year fixed mortgage was 4.4 percent, according to mortgage buyer Freddie Mac. That is a full percentage point higher than in early May, when rates neared record lows.

The average 15-year rate held steady at 3.43 percent.

For more information on the High Country Association of Realtors, visit http://www.highcountryrealtors.org.

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