July Home Sales Show Strength
Average Price Sets Record for 25th Consecutive Month
“July 2018 recorded the third highest July home sales since 2005, the highest recorded in July 2015,” said Phil Morrical III, President of the Cincinnati Area Board of REALTORS®. “Home sales remain very strong as a result of the strong economy and the steady, lower interest rates. The demand for housing has not subsided, but buyers appear to be more and more selective in what they are looking for,” said Morrical.
The July average home price climbed to $224,481 compared to $209,130 a year earlier, a + 7.34 % increase. At the same time, the inventory of homes for sale, as of July 31, continued its year-over-year declining trend to 5,257 from 5,662 a year ago, down – 7.15 %, however, July was up +5.43% over June 2018.
“Homes in greater Cincinnati are very affordable despite the fact we are dealing with low inventory and increasing home prices. Homes priced right and in move-in condition are selling quickly,” said Morrical. “Use a Realtor to assist you in selling your current home or buying your next home. Realtors have access to the MLS of Greater Cincinnati, the most powerful tool used by Realtors to assist you in listing and / or selling your home quickly, efficiently and for the best, possible price,” said Morrical.
Local home mortgage rates in July averaged 4.54% for a 30-year fixed rate loan. The rates were up compared to 3.95% a year ago. At these fixed rates, the monthly principal and interest payment on a $100,000 home loan with no money down would be approximately $509.
“REALTOR’s are available to help guide consumers through all the important details involved in buying and selling a home. A REALTOR will assist them through the entire process and is your absolute best source for professional and accurate information,” said Morrical.
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Nationwide, July home sales were down – 0.7% from June on a seasonally adjusted basis, and were down – 1.5% from July 2017.