December 2017 home sales in the Ballantyne area of Charlotte, North Carolina (28277 zip code) ended 2017 with the trends we've seen all year with home prices up, inventory tightening, pending and closed sales struggling to hold on.
The average sale price of Ballantyne area homes increased by 5.7% to just over $368,000 as compared with the same period one year ago. (Median sale price in December 2017 was also up 10.0% versus one year ago.)
Average days on market for property listings dropped to 31 days from 32 days one year ago--a 3.1% improvement over the same period last year. Median days on market also dropped by 25.0% to 9 days in December 2017.
Average price per square foot increased by 6.8% to $142/square foot in December 2017 versus the same period in 2016. Pending sales were down 1.1% in December versus the same month last year. December 2017 closed sales were down 0.9%. It's not unreasonable to assume that both pending and closed sales would have been higher if there had been more inventory, which was down almost 1% in December 2017 versus the prior year. Holiday seasonality probably also impacted pending and closed sales.
The number of showings per listing and the number of showings until pending contract per listing also dropped. During December 2017, listed homes averaged 10 showings (down 4.8% versus December 2016) and 22 showings until pending contract (down 8.3% versus the same time period one year ago). Given the tight inventory of available homes for sale, it's not surprising that listed homes get less "foot traffic" prior to going under contract, while showings until pending contracts decrease as homes sell more quickly.
The median percent of original list price that sellers received for their homes was up 0.5% compared with last year at 98.4%, showing how little negotiating room there is in the 28277 zip code for Ballantyne area homes.
New listings decreased 0.9% versus December 2016, contributing to the strain of a high demand market starved of available inventory. The Ballantyne area's months supply of homes remains at below two months at 1.8 months (down 10.0% versus December 2016).
Without doubt, Ballantyne's housing market in 2017 ended as it began... as a seller's market in the 28277 zip code and very competitive, with many homes selling within days of being listed for sale.
The strong housing market we saw in Ballantyne area throughout 2016 has continued right through the end of 2017, as Ballantyne area homes continue to sell, sell faster, and sell for more money.
Ballantyne Area Local Market Update - December 2017
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