February 2014 - Star One Realtors

Spring is just around the Corner!

Over 1,200 Homes Sold in January 
Spring is just around the Corner 
A total of 1,209 homes were sold (closed) last month – – a 7.2% decrease from a year ago. “This is the first time in over two years that our local market has experienced a reduction in sales activity,” said Ken Parchman, president of the Cincinnati Area Board of REALTORS®. “Like the stock market, our home sales activity will experience occasional dips as we continue our upward growth.”

The January average home selling price maintained its upward movement to $150,908 vs. $138,592a year earlier, an 8.9% increase. The average price has increased year-over-year for 23 consecutive months. “Inventory levels and interest rates are some of the factors impacting our growth in average price,” said Parchman.

Local home mortgage rates in January averaged 4.25% for a 30-year fixed rate loan. Even though the rates are up slightly from 3.60% a year ago, they are still at a level that enhances home affordability and does not seem to be negatively influencing home sales.

The inventory of homes for sale as of January 31 continued its year-over-year declining trend to 8,580 from 9,451 a year ago, down – 9.2%. January inventory decreased – 2.0% compared to December 2013. This means that homes for sale, if priced competitively and are move-in ready, are in a position to sell faster.

“The Greater Cincinnati housing market is very stable and will continue to improve at a moderate rate. Our low inventory coupled with relatively stable, low interest rates and increasing demand, has pushed the average price higher,” said Parchman.

Nationwide, January home sales were down -5.1% from December on a seasonally adjusted basis and were down -5.1 % from January 2013.

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