Central Ohio Homes For Sale- Inventory Levels

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For sale and sold properties through August 2006 Central Ohio




Data Source Columbus Board of REALTORS® This represents all counties in the Columbus Board of REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service.  Graphics source TRENDGRAPHIX.  HER Real Living is the only Central Ohio real estate brokerage with access to TRENDGRAPHIX. 

The good news is there are only 8.1 months supply of homes (single family, condos, fee simple townhouse) on the market in Central Ohio rather than  the 9.2 months of inventory we had at the end of July.  There were 2499 homes sold in August 2006 vs. the 2195 homes sold in July 2006.  That is 2499 homes sold in August this year in comparison to 2850 homes sold in August 2005.  Average sold price is $183,000. 

Average price per square foot on homes sold in August was $105.  

Average days on the market for homes sold was 94 days in August 2006 vs. 96 days in July 2006  vs. 94 days in August 2005.   

The sold to list price differential is 97% as it has been for months.  What does that mean to sellers?  The house has to be priced right to sell.  Saying "tell them to make me an offer" didn't work in a sellers market and it sure is not going to work in a buyers market.

There were more homes sold in Central Ohio in August 2006 than July, a sign that buyers are starting to see that it IS an excellent time to purchase a home in Central Ohio. Interest rates are great, there are more homes to choose from.  It's a buyer's market.  

Compliments of Maureen McCabe - Real Living HER Worthington* - 614-388-8249

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Scott Gormley
Oak Valley Mortgage-California Home Loans and Refinancing - Chico, CA

Hey Maureen,

It's definatly turned into a buyers market...Offering incentives such as closing credits and carryback financing should help motivate buyers to choose your properties over others...


Sep 13, 2006 05:47 AM #1
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate


Thanks for the comment. If you use 6 months supply of houses on the market as a measure of a buyers market (that was something an instructor used in a class recently I have no idea where it came from...  is there a standard? ) we have been in a buyers market for about a year in Central Ohio, if you look at all counties. 

August  2005 - 6.2 months

September 2005 - 5.8 months... the last time Central Ohio as a whole was in a normal market, not a buyers market.

October 2005 - 7.7 months

November 2005 -8.6 months

December 2005 - 8.0 months

January 2006 - 11.8 months

February 2006 - 10.4 months 

March 2006 - 7.5 months

April 2006 - 8.5 months

May 2006 - 7.7 months

June 2006 - 6.9 months

July 2006- 9.2 months

August 2006 - 8.1 months

Hopefully we are headed in the direction of a normal market! It is a great market for buyers.  

Sep 13, 2006 06:06 AM #2
Ann Cummings
RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine - Portsmouth, NH
Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent

Great graph, Maureen, and I would think that would be something very useful to you on listing appointments....that should get sellers to be very realistic and aggressive in their pricing if they want their house sold sooner rather than later.

I need to put together something like this for my areas.  Each CMA I do has a version of this for the market where that property is, but I've never really done it in a graph before.  That's a great visual to have, and those are great numbers to always have stored in your mind. 

Sep 13, 2006 01:21 PM #3
Maureen McCabe
HER Realtors - Columbus, OH
Columbus Ohio Real Estate

thanks Ann... delayed response...

Nov 28, 2009 05:32 AM #4
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