Column: Home sales up 5.6 percent
With average home prices reaching $178,606, year-to-date sales prices increased by 5.6 percent in the nine counties that F.C. Tucker tracks. Tucker’s data indicates that seven counties experienced slightly higher home sales prices than in May 2014. Hamilton County was among the areas where sales increased – rising by 4.6 percent to $272,722.
- Carmel is among the areas where prices are trending up. For the first five months of this year, sale prices averaged $349,606, an increase of 5.5 percent compared to the same time period last year.
- Of the pended home sales in Carmel, two were priced $1,000,000 to $1,999,999; 25 were priced $500,000 to $999,999; 59 were priced $300,000 to $499,999; 52 were priced $200,000 to 299,999; 24 were priced $100,000 to $199,999 and three were priced at $99,999 or less.
- Homes in Carmel are selling at a faster pace. Year to date, homes are staying on the market 74 days, a decrease of five days compared to last year.
- Home buyers in Carmel are discovering more options. Last month, 581 homes were available, an uptick of 21 homes compared to May 2014.
- On a monthly basis, pended home sales slipped in Carmel. In May 2015, 165 homes pended, a decline of 60 homes compared to May 2014.
With 2,910 pended sales in May in Central Indiana, overall year-to-date home sales are up 9 percent compared to this time period last year. On a monthly basis, May 2015 pended home sales slipped 3.9 percent compared to May 2014, a decline of 117 homes sold.
With only 3.8 months of inventory available in Central Indiana, we’re definitely experiencing a seller’s market. Sellers are benefitting from rising prices as inventory continues to tighten.