The Central Pennsylvania Real Estate market continues to be in a state of flux, according to the February 2009 results from the Central Penn Multi List. The number of homes sold in February 2009 compared to the same period last year declined in numbers by 26%, and the average sales price decline of $163,642 by 9% for the same period. And the average days on market before a home is placed under contract increased slightly to 89 days from 83 days in 2008. These results are primarily in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry Counties with some additional sales recorded in parts of York, Lebanon and Lancaster Counties.

What does that mean as we head into what has been the traditional selling season in this area? For buyers, there are values to be realized since we are seeing a slowing in the market and for sellers, there are opportunities because there are many qualified buyers looking for a new home. How can we tell? Although the sold results do not look good, and even though there are over 4100 active residential listing in the Multi List right now, the number of homes under contract has increase by over 10% compared to December 2008. And I think that this trend of increased sales will continue going forward in 2009. Also, the recently passed Stimulus Bill will provide first time home buyers with a $8000 tax credit if they settle by the end of November of this year. In my opinion, this legislation is very positive since many of these buyers will purchase a home in the average sales price range and then many of those sellers will move into a new home and the real estate sales cycle will be positively affected in the higher price ranges. And also do not forget that the lower interest rate environment is still with us, meaning that buyers can buy more home. Iin addition, I would not be surprised if mortgage interest rates dropped even further.

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