Real Estate Review: March 2017

The real estate market is insane right now and Columbus is NO exception! Don't just take my word for it, Columbus made the Forbes list of Where to Invest in Housing 2017 and was #5 on's list of Top 10 Cities Where Downtown Is Making a Comeback not to mention the statistics I've compiled for you below.

Low inventory is still the biggest issue in the market, if you have been thinking of selling there COULD NOT BE a better time. Not sure what your home is worth? I've got you covered, click here for a complimentary, no pressure, personalized estimate. If you are planning on buying, I'll be honest it can be tough right now. However, with the right planning and real estate agent in can be done and with low interest rates it's still a great time!

My client testimonial for this blog is extra personal and I'm very excited to share that my husband Jesse and I purchased our first home in Clintonville! The journey to buy our own home is actually how I met my wonderful mentor Bruce Dooley and became a REALTOR®. After helping so many other people find their homes, I was ecstatic to finally be the buyer. We put in many offers along the way and beat out 8 offers to get in this particular home, but it was SO worth it!

Here are the national real estate statistics for March 2017:

The number of projected home sales rose from 5.5 million to 5.7 million! The national median home price had a slight decrease of 1.9% to $228,900 which is great for buyers. Thinking of selling? The great news for you is that the median home price is up 7.1% from this same time last year, so if you've been waiting now is the time! The best news for everyone is that the national average for a 30 year fixed rate mortgage is down from 4.19% in February to 4.15% making it an excellent time to get a loan and keeping the market moving. For specific questions on how these statistics affect you, please get in touch with me!

There were 2,531 central Ohio homes and condos sold during the month of March, a solid 50.8 percent increase over February and a 3.9 percent increase over the same month a year ago. 

This was the highest number of home sales on record for the month of March as well as the highest sales for the 1st quarter according to the Columbus REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service.


The average sale price of a home in March was $203,924, up 6.8 percent from one year ago and 7 percent from February. The median sales price was $170,000 a 4.3 increase over March 2016. 

The average sales price is the total volume divided by the number of homes sold. The median is the midpoint -- half the homes sell for less, while half sell for more.

The record home sales that we’re seeing is a direct reflection of the strong job growth here locally as well as low interest rates for mortgages. Home sales could have been even stronger, but inventory limited growth.
— 2017 Columbus REALTORS® President Mic Gordon

There were 3,372 central Ohio homes and condos added to the market in March, which is a 4.1 percent decrease from March 2016 and the lowest number of new listings recorded for the month of March, when inventory traditionally begins to climb. 

We keep thinking the inventory couldn’t get any lower – but it continues to decline,” Gordon said. “Even with the addition of new listings, inventory dropped to just over 4,200 at the end of March making it the 74th straight month of year over year decreases.

During the month of March, central Ohio homes and condos spent an average of 46 days on the market, which is 6 days fewer than February and 13 days less than March 2016.

“The tight supply of for-sale homes is helping to push prices upward,” said Gordon. “Homeowner should give serious consideration to selling under these advantageous conditions.”

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Columbus REALTORS® is comprised of over 7,600 real estate professionals engaged in residential sales and leasing, commercial sales and leasing, property management, appraisal, consultation, real estate syndication, land development and more.

The Columbus REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service (MLS) serves all of Franklin, Delaware, Fayette, Licking, Madison, Morrow, Pickaway and Union Counties and parts of Athens, Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Fairfield, Hocking, Knox, Logan, Marion, Muskingum, Perry and Ross Counties.