Charleston Market To Outpace Averages

Economists Expect the Charleston Real Estate Market to Outpace National Averages Through 2025

CHARLESTON, SC—(December 11, 2019) The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) identified 10 markets expected to outperform over the next three to five years. In alphabetical order, the markets are:
• Charleston, South Carolina
• Charlotte, North Carolina
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
• Columbus, Ohio
• Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas
• Fort Collins, Colorado
• Las Vegas, Nevada
• Ogden, Utah
• Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, North Carolina
• Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida
“Some markets are clearly positioned for exceptional longer term performance due to their relative housing affordability combined with solid local economic expansion,” said NAR’s Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. “Drawing new residents from other states will also further stimulate housing demand in these markets, but this will create upward price pressures as well, especially if demand is not met by increasing supply.”
NAR identified the top 10 metro areas based on domestic migration, housing affordability for new residents, consistent job growth relative to the national average, population age structure, attractiveness for retirees and home price appreciation, among other variables. As an indicator of strong housing demand in these markets in the past three years, home prices in these 10 metro areas have increased annually by at least 7%.
1,332 homes sold in November in the Charleston region at a median price of $268,000 according to preliminary data released today by the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors® (CTAR). Last November, 1,301 homes sold at a median price of $268,453.
This year’s 17,010 closings show transactions up almost 1% and median price up 5%, to $277,900 for the region.

There are 17% fewer homes for sale than at this point last year, with 5,265 homes listed as “active” for sale in the CHS Regional MLS database at the end of November.

Newly installed 2020 CTAR President Bobette Fisher said, “The economists’ expectation for Charleston to continue outperforming other markets is a tremendous recognition for our region—we have been enjoying many years of economic expansion and growth, with new people moving to our area every day and keeping Charleston a growing, vibrant community. However, affordability and sustainability remain the chief concerns for our growing market”

“We check all the boxes that make Charleston a top performer—but we have to keep market sustainability top of mind” said CTAR CEO Wil Riley. “We’re well positioned for more growth on many fronts—jobs, population and our economy is strong—but if we do not focus on developing smart growth strategies, we’ll price those who are coming here for those jobs out of the market” he said.

“Meeting the demands of the future will be a challenge” said Fisher. “This is why as an Association we are committed to creating and maintaining partnerships with municipalities to help craft smart growth strategies and place development where it makes sense and where it contributes to increasing the quality of life for all residents” she said.

*Information provided by the Charleston Association of REALTORS

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