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Home sales outpace prices in Mecklenburg

dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Home sales were up 14 percent in Mecklenburg County during the first half of 2015, compared to the same period last year. That’s the eye-catching number in figures from the regional multiple listing service. The average price was up 6 percent.

That combination – sales up more than prices – is good news for prospective buyers.

If you’re looking for a home, you’ll have more to choose from, with fewer worries that homes will be priced out of reach.

There were 6,746 single-family homes sold through Carolina Multiple Listing Services during the first six months of 2015, at an average price of $286,539.

The figures reveal where families – newcomers and longtime residents alike – are choosing to sink their roots.

Two of the busiest three ZIP codes the first half of the year were in Huntersville, north of uptown Charlotte, which includes dozens of suburban neighborhoods.

The ZIP code with the most sales was 28078, which includes popular Birkdale. It was the busiest last year, too. Sales in 28078 were up 13 percent this year.

Also in the Huntersville area is 28269; it includes Highland Creek, consistently the busiest subdivision in the county.

Highland Creek – again – was the most active subdivision in Mecklenburg, with 90 sales during the first half of the year. Its success illustrates how growth spills across county lines. The portion of Highland Creek in Cabarrus County saw 32 sales – which ranked second in Cabarrus.

Rounding out the top three was another suburban ZIP code, 28277, in the fast-growing Ballantyne area on the southern edge of Mecklenburg. Not surprising – as it has ranked among the most-searched ZIPs in the nation on Realtor.com.

The only ZIP code with an average sale price of more than $1 million – again this year – was 28207. It includes both Eastover and Myers Park, with their stately homes on oak-lined streets. The average sale price in 28207 during the first six months of the year was $1,180,528, up 31/2 percent from the same period last year.

Allen is a freelance writer and retired Homes editor for the Observer.

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