HIGH COUNTRY — After a record setting 2020, High Country home sales remained robust going into the new year. The median sold price was especially strong, hitting the highest mark ever recorded in a month.
There were 237 homes worth $94.88 million sold by realtors in January, the most ever sold during the month. That’s according to the High Country Multiple Listing Service. It records all realtor transactions in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery and Watauga counties dating back to 2005.
It was the eighth consecutive month in which more than 230 homes were sold by realtors in the four-county area. That’s the longest such streak ever recorded in the MLS.
Unit sales for the month were up 29 percent compared to January 2020, when 183 homes were sold for $63.57 million.
The median sold price for January — the midpoint at which half of homes sold above or below — was $331,000, the highest monthly mark ever recorded in the MLS. It was the sixth consecutive month the median sold price was $300,000 or higher.
The median sold price for all of 2020 was $285,000.
The high demand continues to impact supply with about 420 homes listed for sale as of February 5. According to the MLS, 200 new listings were added in January. That was an increase from December (163) but below January 2020 (241).
COMMERCIAL SALES. Realtors recorded four commercial sales in January, two of which were outside the four-county area. They were worth a combined $1.13 million.
There was one commercial listing sold in Watauga County for $350,000. The other was sold in Avery County for $175,000.
LAND SALES. There were 95 tracts of land sold for $7.18 million by High Country Realtors last month. It was the first time since July sales for a month were below 100.
The majority of listings were in Watauga County, where 37 plots were sold for $2 million. There were 23 tracts of land sold for $1.95 million in Ashe County, 15 tracts sold for $2 million in Avery County and 12 tracts for $401,900 in Alleghany County.
ALLEGHANY COUNTY. There were 24 homes worth $6.68 million sold by Realtors, more than double how many were sold last January (11 for $2.3 million). The median sold price for the month was $281,250, the highest recorded for any month since at least 2005.
ASHE COUNTY. Realtors sold 49 homes worth $16.61 million during the month. It was the seventh consecutive month sales surpassed 40 units. The median sold price was $325,000, the highest recorded since at least 2005.
AVERY COUNTY. Realtors sold 41 homes worth $19.19 million. It was the fewest homes sold since last May. The median sold price was $300,000.
WATAUGA COUNTY. There were 208 homes sold for $85 million in January. It was the seventh consecutive month more than 200 homes were sold. The median sold price was $372,000.
INTEREST RATES. The average 30-year fixed mortgage rate remains near record lows, according to loan giant Freddie Mac. The average rate was 2.73 percent as of Feb. 4, a decrease from the week prior and about where it was in early November (2.72 percent).
“Mortgage rates remained flat this week and near record lows, signifying an economy that continues to struggle,” said a press release from Freddie Mac. “This rate environment is advantageous for those who are looking to refinance in order to strengthen their financial position.”