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Western Pennsylvania home sales increase in 2017

| Monday, July 17, 2017, 11:12 a.m.

Home sales in Westmoreland County and 16 other Western Pennsylvania counties are increasing, according to West Penn Multi-List Inc. and its monthly residential real estate report.

“We are selling more houses and at a somewhat higher price compared to last year,” said Ron Croushore, president of West Penn Multi-List Inc. and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. “At this halfway point in the year, the market is stable, and sales continue to be strong.”

Comparing January-June 2017 with the same time period in 2016:

• Closed sales are up 3.24 percent (13,682 units in 2017 versus 13,252 in 2016);

• Closed sales volume is up 5.34 percent ($2,441,128,758 in 2017 versus $2,317,284,476 in 2016);

• Average sale price is up 2.03 percent ($178,419 in 2017 versus $174,863 in 2016); and

• Home listings are down 0.28 percent (18,433 units in 2017 versus 18,485 in 2016).

“The current challenge is replenishing the number of homes for sale quickly enough to keep up with buyers' demand,” Croushore said.

Other counties in the report include Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Cambria, Clarion, Crawford, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, Mercer, Somerset, Venango and Washington.

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