Column: July numbers show fewer homes on the market, some increase in home prices

In the 14-county region F.C. Tucker tracks, approximately 10,000 homes were on the market in July, a 16.5 percent drop, or approximately 2,000 fewer homes for sale, compared to July 2015. Although July 2016 saw fewer pended sales than July 2016, year-to-date sales are still ahead of last year by 3 percent. And average home prices continue to inch upwards, now 1.3 percent ahead of 2015.

In July, Hamilton County had 1,897 active listings, a decrease of 5 percent from this time last year. Pended sales also declined 8.2 percent in July, but sales remained consistent with 2015. The average sales price also rose 1.8 percent, now at $282,131.

  • In Carmel, the average year-to-date home sales price increased 1.0 percent to $354,151.
  • Inventory moved at a faster pace in Carmel in July 2016. Overall, homes sold in 51 days – 13 fewer days than this time last year.
  • Buyers in Carmel had fewer options available. Last month, 590 homes were available for sale – 19 fewer homes compared to July 2015.
  • Pended home sales have grown in Carmel. In July 2016, 142 homes sold – an increase of 20 homes compared to July 2015.
  • Of the pended home sales in Carmel last month, two were priced $1,000,000 to $1,999,999; 23 were priced $500,000 to $999,999; 55 were priced $300,000 to $499,999; 40 were priced $200,000 to $299,999; and 22 were priced $100,000 to $199,999.

We’re seeing the effects of low inventory throughout central Indiana. Low inventory affects affordability, which is a crucial part of the housing market. When more affordable homes proliferate throughout the market, then we’ll see more positive gains for everyone overall.

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