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April Home Sales Strong, but takes a Break

April Home Sales Strong, but takes a Break
Average Price for April sets another record

April home sales were strong, but could not maintain a record setting pace, down – 10.29 % compared to April a year ago. Home sales this month were 2,119 compared to 2,362 in April 2016.

“Even though inventory remains low, 2017 home sales remain strong,” said David Welch, President of the Cincinnati Area Board of REALTORS®. “The real estate market is not showing any signs of slowing down and will probably continue at this pace for some time,” said Welch.

The average home price climbed to $204,254 compared to $186,436 a year earlier, a + 9.56 % increase. At the same time, the inventory of homes for sale, as of April 30, continued its year-over-year declining trend to 4,885 from 6,436 a year ago, down – 24.10 %.

“The average price of homes set a new record for the month of April, extending our consecutive record months of average home sale prices to eleven. Even though interest rates are climbing ever slightly, low inventory along with consumers ready to purchase is the perfect combination for driving prices higher. Homes that are priced right and that are in move-in ready condition are the properties that are selling quickly,” said Welch.

Local home mortgage rates in April averaged 4.19% for a 30-year fixed rate loan. The rates were up compared to 3.60% a year ago. At these fixed rates, the monthly principal and interest payment on a $100,000 home loan with no money down would be approximately $488.

“Consumers need to contact a REALTOR to help guide them through all the important details involved in buying and selling a home. A REALTOR will assist them through the entire process, and is your absolute best source for professional and accurate information,” said Welch.

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Nationwide, April home sales were down – 2.3 % from March on a seasonally adjusted basis and were up + 1.6 % from April 2016.

August Home Sales Continue Upward Growth Unit Sales Up; Prices Up

August Home Sales Continue Upward Growth Unit Sales Up; Prices Up

Greater Cincinnati home sales this month were very strong, up 11.37 % compared to a record setting August a year ago. August home sales were 2,595 compared to 2,330 in August 2015.  For the first eight months of 2016, home sales are up almost 6.4% over the first eight months of 2015.

“August home sales continued their upward momentum compared to the same month a year ago,” said Patti Stehlin, President of the Cincinnati Area Board of REALTORS®.  “Housing in Greater Cincinnati is very affordable and the sales this month were the highest in over 10 years,” said Stehlin.

The average home price jumped to $193,808 compared to $185,330 a year earlier, a + 4.57 % increase.  At the same time, the inventory of homes for sale, as of August 31, continued its year-over-year declining trend to 6,753 from 8,522 a year ago, down – 20.8%.

“Our inventory of homes for sale remain low, but as new construction increases and consumers, wanting to sell, put their homes on the market, we will see a continued increase in sales and slow growth in inventory.  Homes that are priced right and that are in move-in ready condition, properties are selling quickly,” said Stehlin.

“Consumers need to contact a REALTOR to help guide them through all the important details involved in buying and selling a home. A REALTOR will assist you through the entire process, and is your absolute best source for professional and accurate information,” said Stehlin.

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Nationwide, August home sales were up -0.9% from July on a seasonally adjusted basis, and were up + 0.8% from August 2015.

 

30-Year Fixed Rate Mortgage (local)

August   2016       (average)        3.41%

August   2015       (average)        3.85%

Most recent (Sept. 22, 2016)       3.64%

A year ago   (Sept. 22, 2015)      3.84%

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