East Shore home sales rise compared to West Shore

This June 4, 2015 photo, shows a sold sign at a new home development under construction in Nashville, Tenn. The Commerce Department releases new home sales for May on Tuesday, June 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Homes sales in Harrisburg and Dauphin County have risen more than Cumberland County since last year at this time, according to the Greater Harrisburg Association of Realtors.

Wendell Hoover, a REMAX realtor in Harrisburg, said he has seen demand “increase dramatically” for homes within the city. According to GHAR, Harrisburg home sales have jumped from 671 to 791 within the last 12 months. Dauphin County home sales have also had an increase from 229 to 245 in the same time span.

Cumberland County has a slight decline, falling to 297 from 303. GHAR’s report shows 28 homes were sold this year compared to 43 last year.

Hoover said new businesses coming in the Midtown neighborhood have also helped city home sale prices increase from $163,000 to $156,500. He said Harrisburg’s fiscal recovery is restoring confidence in property investors.

“The renewed confidence is back and it’s now a destination,” Hoover said. “People want to live in the city, want to be close to everything. They want to have a walkable community. So, whether its Uptown or Midtown people — I’ve seen a demand increase dramatically.”

The Harrisburg Young Professionals (HYP) non-profit organization said they handed out seven $1,000 home buyer grants in 2015 with a high number of applicants. HYP President Casey Khuri said the Home in the City program has given away more than $45,000 in home buyer grants since 2011.

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