From the Inquirer:
In the spring, Philadelphia’s single-family housing market had its best quarter in a decade, with prices and sales volume surging throughout the city.
The average house value “soared” by 7.3 percent in 2015’s second quarter compared with the first three months of the year, said Kevin Gillen, chief economist of Meyers Research and senior research fellow at Drexel University’s Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation.
Based on single-family home sales data between April 1 and June 30 from the city Recorder of Deeds, Gillen said, the quarterly price rise was the largest since second quarter 2005, at the height of the real estate boom.
“With this increase, average Philadelphia house prices are up 5.4 percent from where they were a year ago, and 14.4 percent since their bottom in the first quarter of 2012,” said Gillen, who tracks the real estate market throughout the Philadelphia area. (His analysis of second-quarter sales in the region will be available in two to three weeks.)
Spring 2015’s median price of $138,600 was up 18 percent from $117,500 in the previous quarter, and 20 percent higher than the $115,000 median of second-quarter 2014, Gillen said. (The report did not include sales of condos, which he defines as multifamily housing.)
Every city neighborhood saw an increase in price – the first time that has occurred since second quarter 2013, he noted.
“It is the hottest market I’ve seen in more than 10 years,” said Carol McCann, an agent with Re/Max Millennium in Fox Chase.