Central Indiana home sales increase 2.0 percent in August

F.C. Tucker reports a decrease in inventory while home prices continue to rise 

 

INDIANAPOLIS – Monthly real estate stats from F.C. Tucker Company indicate more homes sold in August despite higher sale prices. August 2019 pended sales increased 2.0 percent compared to August 2018 and average sales price increased to $233,945. Year-to-date, average sale price for the 16-county central Indiana region increased to $225,946.

 

Pended sales increased slightly last month while prices continue to rise. In August 2019, 3,830 central Indiana homes were purchased, up from 3,761 sold in August 2018. Specifically:

      Hancock County showed the most growth in homes sold with a 34.6 percent increase in August 2019 compared to August 2018.

      Shelby County pended sales, however, decreased with 19.2 percent fewer homes sold last month compared to August 2018.

 

In keeping with the previous month’s trends, homes sold faster and for more money in August, signaling that it’s still a seller’s market.

      All 16 counties F.C. Tucker tracks increased in average year-to-date home prices. Jennings County experienced the highest price increase at 19.3 percent compared to this time last year.

      Boone County continues to hold the highest average home price in the region at $340,439.

      Homes sold in 39 days on average, 9.3 percent faster than year-to-date 2018. Hendricks and Marion county homes left the market the fastest at just 32 and 34 days on average, respectively.

 

Inventory decreased 1.8 percent last month, with 6,579 homes listed in August 2019. That represents 121 fewer homes available for sale than in August 2018.

      Jackson County experienced the highest increase in inventory with a significant 131.4 percent more listings than August 2018.

      Brown County’s inventories dropped the most at 24.2 percent compared to August 2018.

 

"Sellers definitely felt some momentum in August,” said Jim Litten, CEO of F.C. Tucker Company. “Clearly, buyer demand is strong and with extremely low interest rates fueling more buying power, the market is poised to stay strong."

 

Of the pended home sales in the region last month, two were priced $2,000,000 or higher; 15 were priced $1,000,000 to $1,999,999; 148 were priced $500,000 to $999,999; 587 were priced $300,000 to $499,999; 981 were priced $200,000 to $299,999; 1,557 were priced $100,000 to $199,999; and 540 were priced at $99,999 or less.

 

Editor’s Notes:

      All statistics were compiled by F.C. Tucker Company from a report drawn from BLC® statistics on September 9, 2019. Because of delayed processing through other agencies or boards, these numbers are subject to change.

      Effective April 7, 2019, data from MIBOR only reports on single family homes and excludes condo sales. F.C. Tucker will continue to include condo sales in this report.

       “Pending” means the sales contract has been signed, but the transaction has not closed. According to the NAR, pending sales typically are finalized within a month or two of signing.

       “Active Listings – Inventory” is a snapshot frozen in time at the end of the stated month. Per MIBOR, effective April 1, 2018, “Active with Contingency” no longer is a status in the BLC® listing service in order to present a true picture in advertising and marketing. Those listings that were in the "Active with Contingency" status have been moved from the "Active" status to the "Pending" status.

      For this report, F.C. Tucker tracks the following counties: Bartholomew, Boone, Brown, Decatur, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Jackson, Jennings, Johnson, Madison, Marion, Montgomery, Morgan, Putnam and Shelby. The first report tracking Jackson County data was pulled August 7, 2019.


PENDED SINGLE-FAMILY AND CONDOMINIUM SALES

County

August

2018

August

2019

Month-to-month % Change

Year-to-date
% Change

Bartholomew

113

125

10.6%

-11.4%

Boone

121

123

1.7%

-2.5%

Brown

34

34

0.0%

6.2%

Decatur

31

38

22.6%

2.2%

Hamilton

663

681

2.7%

-2.2%

Hancock

107

144

34.6%

12.2%

Hendricks

320

288

-10.0%

-9.7%

Jackson

60

55

-8.3%

-3.0%

Jennings

17

20

17.6%

13.0%

Johnson

314

299

-4.8%

-0.1%

Madison

166

184

10.8%

3.3%

Marion

1,506

1,554

3.2%

-0.2%

Montgomery

66

55

-16.7%

-1.9%

Morgan

112

122

8.9%

-3.2%

Putnam

58

49

-15.5%

-23.8%

Shelby

73

59

-19.2%

-3.3%

TOTAL

3,761

3,830

1.8%

-1.7%

 

 

ACTIVE LISTINGS – INVENTORY    

 

County

August

2018

August

2019

% Change

Bartholomew

206

171

-17.0%

Boone

301

282

-6.3%

Brown

132

100

-24.2%

Decatur

84

87

3.6%

Hamilton

1,395

1,365

-2.2%

Hancock

238

235

-1.3%

Hendricks

414

473

14.3%

Jackson

35

81

131.4%

Jennings

49

53

8.2%

Johnson

453

405

-10.6%

Madison

342

347

1.5%

Marion

2,470

2,463

-0.3%

Montgomery

117

108

-7.7%

Morgan

252

222

-11.9%

Putnam

109

104

-4.6%

Shelby

103

83

-19.4%

TOTAL

6,700

6,579

-1.8%


 

AVERAGE SALE PRICE

 

County

YTD
August 2018

YTD
August 2019

% Change

Bartholomew

$211,695

$218,481

3.2%

Boone

$315,995

$340,439

7.7%

Brown

$242,472

$258,799

6.7%

Decatur

$136,936

$158,335

15.6%

Hamilton

$323,736

$339,531

4.9%

Hancock

$206,061

$221,929

7.7%

Hendricks

$220,869

$235,672

6.7%

Jackson

$133,899

$140,882

5.2%

Jennings

$115,502

$137,850

19.3%

Johnson

$213,573

$230,576

8.0%

Madison

$116,602

$127,524

9.4%

Marion

$174,603

$182,951

4.8%

Montgomery

$131,484

$142,518

8.4%

Morgan

$183,162

$199,788

9.1%

Putnam

$155,493

$171,904

10.6%

Shelby

$145,464

$153,121

5.3%

TOTAL

$214,855

$225,946

5.2%

 

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