Charleston Real Estate Statistics

These charts and statistics are updated monthly based on data from the MLS and the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors. We’ve included all stats for the tri-county including median sales price, days on market, current inventories, area overviews, and historic trends!

November 2017

Inventory of listings: 4,216
Average sales price: $343,961
Properties sold so far this year: 14,872 (on track to be the 2nd highest selling year in the history of the MLS)

2016 Overview by Area

In 2016 there were 17,720 closed sales on the MLS, making it the 3rd busiest year recorded in Charleston real estate's history.

CommunityTotal Closed SalesChange from 2015% New Construction% CondosDays on Market% of List Price Received  
Entire Charleston Area  17,720 +9.3% 21.8% 17.9% 58 96.4%
Daniel Island  312 -13.1% 17.9% 36.5% 54 97.2%
Downtown Charleston 438 +14.7% 3.9% 48.6% 101 93.4%
Folly Beach 152 -6.7% 2.6% 38.2% 103 93.2%
Goose Creek and Moncks Corner 3,085 +26.2 38.8% 9.8% 49 98.3%
Isle of Palms 250 +3.3% 2.8% 30.4% 141 91.5%
James Island 903 -0.9% 6.8% 23.6% 44 96.3%
Johns Island 649 +21.3% 45.8% 11.4% 51 98.1%
Kiawah and Seabrook Islands 200 -5.8% 3.3% 43.0% 165 90.2%
Mount Pleasant 2,862 +9.3% 25.5% 29.5% 59 96.7%
North Charleston 1,330 +0.2% 20.5% 16.8% 41 96.1%
Sullivan's Island 62 +10.7% 3.2% 6.5% 125 90.0%
Summerville 2,195 +13.1% 22.0% 7.0% 54 97.1%
West Ashley 1,909 +13.8% 16.8% 22.5% 39 96.7%

Keep in mind that for the Days on Market and the % of List Price Received, these averages are balanced by overpriced properties that sit on the market and also those best new listings that go under contract within a week of getting listed for full price (often in multiple offer situations). The newer the listing and the better the condition, the less likely a seller is willing to negotiate price in Charleston's strong sellers' market.

Historic Trends in Charleston's Market

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The median sales price in Charleston for 2016 was $240,000 (a 4.8% increase from 2015). The average sales price in 2016 was $321,102, which is pulled upwards because of the many higher end properties that sell each year.

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Total there were 17,720 properties closed in Charleston last year (an increase of 9.3% from the previous year). When looking further back in Charleston's historic trends, 2016 was the third highest grossing year ever recorded. The only years that superceded it were 2005 and 2006, which were the height of the housing market.

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In most cases, the inventory of homes for sale corresponds to the number of closed sales. In other words, as real estate sales have increased over the past 5 years, the inventory/supply has decreased (which also pushes price up).

Median Price Trends in Charleston by Area

Community201120122013201420152016Change from 2015  
Entire Charleston Area $181,275 $190,025 $204,900 $215,000 $229,000 $240,000 +4.8%
Daniel Island $405,000 $455,000 $502,500 $560,000 $624,000 $650,575 +4.4%
Downtown Charleston $323,875 $351,250 $372,500 $462,000 $465,625 $508,750 +9.4%
Folly Beach $338,000 $417,500 $375,000 $450,000 $446,000 $499,950 +11.1%
Goose Creek and Moncks Corner $155,000 $160,000 $163,000 $172,500 $187,500 $205,000 +9.3%
Isle of Palms $600,000 $622,000 $649,500 $598,000 $650,000 $725,000 +11.5%
James Island $187,750 $207,000 $229,500 $258,500 $281,400 $275,500 -2.1%
Johns Island $189,082 $197,367 $218,018 $240,000 $256,500 $275,000 +7.2%
Kiawah and Seabrook Islands $560,000 $615,000 $685,500 $615,000 $511,750 $486,250 -12.4%
Mount Pleasant $310,672 $306,070 $338,000 $375,500 $400,418 $432,250 +8.0%
North Charleston $106,000 $105,000 $131,018 $139,900 $153,983 $168,000 +9.2%
Sullivan's Island $1,272,500 $1,330,000 $1,447,500 $1,217,500 $1,312,500 $1,350,000 +2.9%
Summerville $160,000 $167,250 $167,000 $183,993 $194,900 $206,088 +5.7%
West Ashley $175,050 $187,816 $198,602 $220,000 $232,000 $255,000 +9.9%

Need more information about Charleston Real Estate?

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