January 2012 - Star One Realtors

December Sales Reported Up by Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors

Home sales in December, for the sixth month in a row, continued a positive trend with 1,294 units — up 7.65% over December 2010. Annually, there were 16,829 sales in 2011 compared to 16,937 in 2010. Second half sales of 2011 were positive, making up for a difficult first half. Last month’s average price was $146,259, compared to a year ago of $160,295. The average price for 2011 was $151,384 compared to $158,560 in 2010.

Today, the average interest rate in Cincinnati is 3.91% for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage. Nationally, the average interest rate is 4.18%. Many experts claim that the low interest rates will not last. The Cincinnati area housing market has 8 months of available inventory compared to nearly 10.5 months a year ago. A continued decrease in inventory would result in a greater demand, possibly leading to an increase in the average sale prices of homes. The National Association of Realtors claims that an inventory level of less than 6 months leans toward a “seller’s market,” where the price of homes could rise.

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