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August 2016 Housing Market in Louisville

The Greater Louisville Association of Realtors® reported year to date (“YTD”) sales up 5.9% compared to the same time last year. Sales in August 2016 were up 2.9% vs August 2015, with 1,622 homes and condos sold. The median price was up 3.9% YTD and the average price was 2.3% higher YTD.

In Jefferson County, the average price in August 2016 was $207,520 and the median was $170,000. For all MLS areas, the inventory of available properties was 19.2% lower than at the same time last year. In Jefferson County the inventory of homes and condos for sale was 21.1% lower than August 2015.

GLAR President Greg Taylor commented that, “The number of homes placed under contract in August 2016 increased 1.9% vs August 2015, which is above the national statistic of 1.3%.”  He added that, “Our members are continuing to see quick sales of homes under $250k, at the same time that showings of higher end homes have slowed a bit.”

The National Association of Realtors® (NAR) Chief Economist Lawrence Yun commented last week that, “Amidst tight inventory conditions that have lingered the entire summer, contract activity last month was able to pick up at least modestly in a majority of areas. More home shoppers having success is good news for the housing market heading into the fall but, buyers still have few choices and little time before deciding to make an offer on a home available for sale.”

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Chairman Ed Brady recently remarked that, “While labor shortages and regulatory burdens remain…lot shortages are preventing our builders from responding to growing demand for housing.” Although Louisville does not have a lot shortage per se, the price of land and rising development costs mean that most new subdivisions will not feature new homes for first time buyers.

August Housing Stat Report 2016

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Louisville Home Sales Up 12.9%

The Greater Louisville Association of Realtors® (GLAR) reported April 2016 sales up 4.9% with 1,437 homes and condos sold versus 1,370 last April. Year-to-date, compared with January-April 2015, home sales were up 12.9%. The median price for all areas in January-April 2016 was up 3.4% compared last year, and the average price was consistent with last year. In Jefferson County, the average price in April 2016 was $186,887 and the median was $151,500. For all MLS areas, the inventory of available properties was 21.8% 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 25.6% lower than April 2015.

GLAR President Greg Taylor commented that, “The strong sellers’ market is continuing in Louisville with inventory down over 25% in Jefferson county compared to this time last year. Sellers whose homes are in move-in condition typically receive multiple offers. The median price year-to-date has advanced 3-4% with both low inventory and low mortgage rates.”

The national existing homes sales report for April 2016 is not yet available, but Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors® commented that March’s pending sales increase signaled a solid beginning to the spring buying season. “Despite supply deficiencies in plenty of areas, contract activity was fairly strong in a majority of markets in March,” he said. “This spring’s surprisingly low mortgage rates are easing some of the affordability pressures potential buyers are experiencing.”

April 2016 Stat Release

Louisville Area Home Sales Up 15.1%

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.

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Louisville Area Home Sales Up 13.6% Year-to-Date

The Greater Louisville Association of Realtors® (GLAR) reported February 2016 sales up 22.3% with 1,062 homes and condos sold versus 868 last February. Year-to-date, compared with January-February 2015, home sales were up 13.6%. The median price for all areas in February 2016 was up 6.7% compared to last February, and the average price was up 13%. In Jefferson County, the average price in February 2016 was $205,126 and the median was $139,900. For all MLS areas, the inventory of available properties was 23.6% lower than at the same time last year.

GLAR President Greg Taylor commented that, “Our Realtor® members saw a continuation of a sellers market with inventory down over 23% compared to this time last year. The lack of inventory was the driving factor in the median price increase of 6-7% compared to last year.”

At the national level, Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors® commented that existing sales kicked off 2016 on solid footing, rising slightly to the strongest pace since July 2015. “The housing market has shown promising resilience in recent months, but home prices are still rising too fast (in many areas) because of ongoing supply constraints,” he said. “Despite the global economic slowdown, the housing sector continues to recover and will likely help the U.S. economy avoid a recession.”

February 2016 Statistics Release

Louisville Area Home Sales Up 2.8%

The Greater Louisville Association of Realtors® (GLAR) reported January 2016 sales up 2.8% with 915 homes and condos sold versus 890 last January. The median price for all areas in January 2016 was up 11.3% compared to last January, and the average price was up 12.4%. In Jefferson County, the average price in January 2016 was $188,970 and the median was $152,000. For all MLS areas, the inventory of available properties was 22.6% lower than at the same time last year.

GLAR President Greg Taylor commented that, “Our Realtor® members saw a continuation of strong sales from December into January. With inventory down over 22% compared to this time last year, the current sellers’ market is expected to follow-through into the spring selling season. Although there was a jump in prices compared to last January, average and median sales prices remained fairly consistent with last month’s figures.”

At the national level, Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors® commented that, “While the carryover of November’s delayed transactions into December (due to the new TILA RESPA Integrated Documentation required by the CFPB) contributed greatly to the sharp December increase, the overall pace taken together indicates that these two months maintained the healthy level of activity seen in most of 2015.” However, Yun predicts that 2016 will have a hard time matching the 7% increase in sales seen in 2015. “In addition to insufficient supply levels, the overall pace of sales this year will be constrained by tepid economic expansion, rising mortgage rates and decreasing demand for buying (homes) in oil-producing metro areas.”

January 2016 Statistics Release

2015 Home Sales up 12%

The Greater Louisville Association of Realtors® (“GLAR”) reported annual sales up 12% with 16,279 homes and condos sold versus 14,540 last year. Sales were also up 12.5% in December 2015 (1,258 units) compared to December 2014 (1,118 units). The median price for all areas in 2015 was up 5.8% compared to 2014, and the average price was up 6.2%. In Jefferson County, the average price in 2015 was $190,764 and the median was $152,500. For all MLS areas, the inventory of available properties was 21% lower than at the same time last year.

GLAR President Greg Taylor commented that, “GLAR members are adapting to the new CFPB rules implemented in October and finished the year with strong December sales results.” At the national level, Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors® commented that, “Home prices rising too sharply in several markets, mixed signs of an economy losing momentum and waning supply levels have acted as headwinds in recent months despite low mortgage rates and solid job gains. While feedback from Realtors® continues to suggest healthy levels of buyer interest, available listings that are move-in ready and in affordable price ranges remain hard to come by for many would-be buyers.”

2015 Home Sales Release

Oct. 2015 Housing in Greater Louisville

The Greater Louisville Association of Realtors® (GLAR) reported year-to-date sales up 12.2% with 13,896 homes and condos sold versus 12,383 at the same time last year. Sales were up 5.1% in October 2015 (1,416 units) compared to October 2014 (1,347 units). The median price for all areas in October 2015 was up 6.3% compared to October 2014, and the year-to-date statistics continue to show a 5.8% increase in values. In Jefferson County, the average price was $189,428 and the median was $155,000. For all MLS areas, the inventory of available properties was 17.3% lower than at the same time last year.

GLAR President Greg Taylor commented that, “Continued low inventory in Louisville means that accurately priced, move-in ready homes are selling quickly.” At the national level, Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors® commented that despite persistently low mortgage rates and a healthier job market, the first-time homebuyer rate remains suppressed. In the recent survey of Home Buyers & Sellers, debt was cited as the primary reason for the delay in home ownership. However, 64% of first time buyers said their primary reason to purchase a home was a “desire to own,” compared to a figure of 53% last year, which could be a positive indicator heading into 2016.

Click here for October 2015 Stats