Home Sales Across Ohio Up in January
COLUMBUS, Ohio — The number of homes sold across Ohio in January rose 4.2% from the level posted during the month a year ago, the market’s fifth consecutive monthly year-over-year gain, according to the Ohio Association of Realtors.
Home sales activity in January dipped 6.2% from the level reached in December 2014.
“Home sales activity across Ohio in January reflects a balanced and traditional marketplace,” said Greg Hrabcak, president of the OAR. “We are continuing to make progress in our ongoing effort to rebuild a solid foundation for the housing sector – one that is able to withstand the cyclical ebbs and flows in activity that occur.
“The market is well-positioned for current and would-be home owners, as we’re experiencing steady price growth and attractive interest rates,” Hrabcak added. “We remain hopeful that the low inventories of homes currently being marketed for sale will rise as we head into the spring market.”
January’s average home price of $137,464 reflects an 8% increase from the $127,279 mark posted during the month last year.
Sales in January reached a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 123,108, a 4.2% increase from the 118,161 level during the month a year ago. The market also experienced a 6.2% decline in sales from December’s seasonally adjusted annual rate of 131,232.
Around the state, the average sales price increased in 17 of the 20 markets tracked. Additionally, nine markets posted gains in sales activity.
Data provided to OAR by Multiple Listing Services includes residential closings for new and existing single-family homes and condominiums/co-ops. The OAR, with more than 28,000 members, is the largest professional trade association in Ohio.
SOURCE: Ohio Association of Realtors.
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