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Posted on: April 18, 2018

Montco Housing Market Surges on 2.3 Percent Median Price Increase in 2017

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Norristown, PA (April 18, 2018) – The latest report on housing prices in Montgomery County provides a strong argument that the housing market in the county has recovered fully and is in a state of growth following the housing bubble that began to burst in 2007.

The report, released by the Montgomery County Planning Commission (MCPC), shows that the overall median sales price of $285,000 reflected an increase of 2.3 percent in 2017. A total of 12,202 homes were sold in the county last year—the most in the last ten years.

“The quality of life in Montgomery County, boosted by our parks and trails, great school districts, and welcoming communities, has catalyzed the recovery of our housing market,” said Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, Chair, Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. “The desire to live in Montgomery County and participate in its growing economy is reflected by the data in this new report.”

The report looks at housing in terms of existing and new units. The median sales price increased by a rate of 2.2 percent for existing units, which is the best gauge of actual home values. The median sales price for new units—$453,000—grew more modestly with an increase of 1 percent as new construction continues to produce higher value homes across all housing types.

The increase in sale prices was evident through most housing types. Single-family detached home prices increased by 1.5 percent, while attached home prices increased 1.3 percent. The multifamily category also increased in 2017, but that category is typically more variable and less reflective of general trends due to fewer transactions.

Many boroughs and town centers are seeing gains in their median values, partially driven by a housing stock scarcity relative to other municipalities. This has led to an overall decline in the average number of days on the market; since 2016 the number of days a home sits on the market has come down by 13. This is a strong indicator of how “hot” the Montgomery County housing market has become.

The report, which also highlights emerging trends in the county and provides data for each municipality, is available in MCPC’s online data portal at www.montcopa.org/PlanningDataPortal. Check out the data portal for other interesting reports. For additional information, contact Daniel Farina at 610-278-3728 or dfarina@montcopa.org.

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