CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte Regional Realtor® Association reports on the residential real estate market in this region based on data from Carolina Multiple Listing Services, Inc. (CarolinaMLS). CarolinaMLS finished the year with December 2017 sales down 8.4 percent compared to December 2016, with 3,407 properties sold compared to 3,720 properties sold in December 2016.  Closed sales for all of 2017 totaled 47,353, an increase of 5.9 percent over the number of closings in all of 2016 (44,734).

Both the median and average sales prices rose in December, marking six consecutive years of price gains for the CarolinaMLS region. The median sales price ($235,000) was up 11.9 percent over December 2016 ($210,000), and the average sales price ($281,567) was up 8.4 percent over December 2016 ($259,648).

The average sales price across the region for all of 2017 was $272,900, up 5.8 percent from 2016’s average sales price of $257,884.  The median sales price for all of 2017 was $226,000, up 9.2 percent for the region compared to 2016’s median sales price of $207,000.

The average list price in December 2017 ($291,401) increased 3.8 percent over December 2016 ($280,750), bringing the percent of original list price received measure for December 2017 to 96.3 percent, an increase of 0.5 percent when compared to the same period in 2016. For all of 2017 the original list price received measure was 96.9 percent, compared with 96.2 percent for all of 2016. Pending sales counts for the month of December totaled 2,936, an increase of 17.3 percent over the previous period when pending contracts totaled 2,503. Pending sales for all of 2017 totaled 48,100, up 6.3 percent compared to all of 2016 (45,263).

2018 Association/CarolinaMLS President Jason Gentry said, “Even though sales declined in December, it’s reassuring to see overall sales and contracts for the year outpace 2016 sales, especially given the inventory shortages we faced in 2017 and expect to continue into 2018. Looking ahead buyers will continue to face the same headwinds of limited inventory for homes priced below $300,000, as well as price increases, faster days on market and the possibility of rising mortgage rates. However, positive job growth over the last year and a healthy local economy continue to boost consumer spending and housing demand from young professionals, which should help sales remain steady throughout 2018.”

New residential listings in December 2017 totaled 2,633, an increase of 1.7 percent over December 2016 (2,588).  New listings for all of 2017 totaled 58,378, an increase of 5.0 percent over