Columbus Ohio Housing Market Report – October 2018

Future home sales looking strong in central Ohio

It’s no secret that interest rates have slowly, but surely, been inching upwards. While a 5% interest will cause many buyers to pause and reevaluate their purchasing power and strategy. Even a quarter point has a real impact on housing affordability. Skepticism is in the air, meaning the frenetic pace of buyers trying to get in at “historically low-interest rates” may be in the rearview. In fact, buyers are starting to take more time analyzing deals and understanding what their money buys in this shifting market.

That said, there were 2,742 homes and condos sold in October, which is 18 homes less than a year ago, but 149 more home sales than September. These homes took longer to sell in October as the days on market increased almost 14%.

Although down 4.1% from a year ago, homes put in contract jumped 3.7% from September to October. This was the second highest number of homes in contract in October in 12 years.

A sale is listed as ‘in contract’ when the contract has been signed but the transaction has not closed. In Contracts are a critical metric we use to predict future sales as those homes are usually finalized within one or two months of signing.

The average sales price for a central Ohio home in October was $225,519, which is up 4.7% from a year ago. The median sales price was $193,918, up 6.0% from October 2017.

There were 3,059 homes and condos added to the market in October, which is 5.0% more than the previous year, leaving inventory at 5,405, up 5.3% from one year ago.

With the increase in inventory and the seasonal slow down, 44.43% of home sellers reduced the price of their home in an effort to expedite the sale of their property. Despite this, sellers are still seeing healthy appreciation in the value of their home.With the uptick in inventory, central Ohio buyers now have more options to choose from when shopping a home. Even though kids are back in school and the temperature has dropped, potential sellers need to know that buyer demand remains strong.

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