The Greater Louisville Association of Realtors® (GLAR) reported March 2016 sales up 14% with 1,346 homes and condos sold versus 1,180 last March. Year-to-date, compared with January-March 2015, home sales were up 15.1%. The median price for all areas in January-March 2016 was up 4.3% compared to last year, and the average price was up 1.1%. In Jefferson County, the average price in March 2016 was $175,630 and the median was $149,000. For all MLS areas, the inventory of available properties was 20% lower than at the same time last year. In Jefferson County, the decreased inventory of homes and condos for sale was even more pronounced at 24.7% lower than March 2015.
GLAR President Greg Taylor commented that, “The sellers’ market is continuing in Louisville with inventory down in some areas over 20% compared to last year. This has also led to some fluctuations in the month to month statistics, but in general our members are seeing steady single digit appreciation gains versus last year.”
The national existing homes sales report for March 2016 is not yet available, but Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors commented that, “February sales took a considerable step back in most of the country last month, and especially in the Northeast and Midwest. The lull in contract signings in January from the large East Coast blizzard, along with the slump in the stock market, may have played a role in February’s lack of closings. However, the main issue continues to be a supply and affordability problem. Finding the right property at an affordable price is burdening many potential buyers.” This is in contrast to the Louisville local market where affordability is greater and February sales did not drop off.