Competition remains fierce for homes in central Ohio

    Competition remains fierce for homes in central Ohio

    Although inventory levels are down and sale prices are up, there appears to be no shortage of buyers. February home sales came in at 1,744 which was 3.7 higher than a year ago and 8.9 percent more homes sold than in January 2019.

    The number of homes in contract trailed February 2018 by almost three percent, however pending sales were up almost six percent from January, according to the Columbus REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service.

    Home sales were not the only good news for February. After peaking late last year at just over five percent, home mortgage rates have come down a half percent (or more) giving buyers the option of more home for their money.

    “As mortgage interest rates have come down, more buyers have re-entered the market and competition remains fierce,” said John Myers, 2019 Columbus REALTORS® President. “REALTORS® report that, if a house comes on the market that is in good condition and is realistically priced, it is likely to sell quickly.”

    There were 2,249 central Ohio homes and condos added to the market in February 2019, which was up 3.1 percent from January, but down 5.2 percent from a year ago.

    The added inventory brought the total number of homes and condos for sale to 3,613 at the end of February, down 5.4 percent from the previous month.

    Although there were more homes on the market last month versus one year ago, the steady decline of inventory over the last several years means the central Ohio market is still not hosting the number of homes for sale that we’ve seen historically.

    The median sale price of a home in central Ohio sold last month was $189,700, up 7.2 percent from one year ago. The average sale price was $220,694, up 4.7 percent from February of 2018.

    “As the end of winter is on the horizon, we’re going to see more houses listed for sale,” added Myers. “Sellers can take full advantage of the low inventory and higher prices by listing their home now.”

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    Columbus REALTORS® is comprised of over 8,300 real estate professionals engaged in residential sales and leasing, commercial sales and leasing, property management, appraisal, consultation, real estate syndication, land development and more.

    The Columbus REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service (MLS) serves all of Franklin, Delaware, Fayette, Licking, Madison, Morrow, Pickaway, and Union Counties and parts of Athens, Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Fairfield, Hocking, Knox, Logan, Marion, Muskingum, Perry and Ross counties.

    To view residential properties for sale, visit a REALTOR® web site.
    To view commercial properties for sale or lease, visit COCIE.org.

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    Derick Faust

    Derick Faust is a Realtor and team member of the Love Where You Live OH Real Estate Team. He is a native of Central Ohio and attended Franklin University, Ohio University, and the Muskingum Area Technical College. Derick's knowledge and business acumen uniquely prepares him to go above and beyond in order to meet the needs of Buyers and Sellers. He is a member of the Columbus Board of Realtors, Ohio Association of Realtors, and the National Association of Realtors. The Love Where You Live Real Estate Team established itself as a team of trusted real estate advisors in the communities of Westerville, Worthington, Grandview and Grove City and serve ALL of the greater Columbus area. Purposefully partnering with the elite, ERA brand and by locating our office at the south entrance into Historic Uptown Westerville, we bring the power of an International brand with a Boutique "feel" and level of service to all our clients. The Love Where You Live OH Real Estate Team is continuously building a reputation within the industry, and among our peers as dedicated, competent, consummate professionals. The Team Leader, Rob Pemberton has "hand-picked" every team member because of their character, their personal code of ethics and their dedication to serving our clients according to our motto that "doing the right thing is always the right thing". It is possible, in this industry, to combine Competence & Caring and this goal is at the heart of The Love Where You live Real Estate Team. ERA Real Solutions Realty has offices in Cincinnati, Grove City and Westerville, Ohio. ERA Real Solutions Realty is the fastest growing ERA brokerage in the Nation.

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