Transactions pick up pace in October
Homes in Central Kentucky sold much
quicker in October this year than in 2018. Days on market throughout the region
fell 20 percent, with homes selling in an average of 41 days in 2019 versus 51
in October last year. Over 61 percent of all transactions occurred in less than
one month with only 8 percent taking longer than 4 months.
selling so rapidly, and total sales surging, the months of inventory saw a steep
decline for the month. In October, the supply of homes decreased 15 percent,
from 3.9 months of inventory in 2018 to just 3.3 months this year. This is following
a 21 percent drop in inventory in September and is 2.5 percent decrease
month-over-month. The hottest segment of the market continues to be properties priced
between $140,000 and $200,000 which have less than 2.5 months of inventory
housing market has been, and continues to be, very robust,” said Al Blevins,
president of the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of REALTORS® (LBAR). “Despite
inventory challenges, home sales haven’t been hampered to this point. In fact,
Central Kentucky is experiencing monthly highs across many categories, much of
it due to high demand.”
sales were up 8 percent compared to last year, with total transactions for the
month reaching 1,169, compared to 1,086 in 2018. October marked four
consecutive months of year-over-year increases with nine out of 10 months in
2019 showing sales growth.
home sales rose 7 percent overall, 1,096 in 2019 versus 1,028 in 2018.
Condos/townhome sales, which made up just over 6 percent of the total market, jumped
a staggering 26 percent, with 73 sales in September versus 58 last year. Year-to-date,
sales are up 6 percent, reaching 11,963 this year compared to 11,307 in 2018. Nationally,
homes sales are up 4.6 percent from a year ago.
sales, a leading indicator of future housing activity, saw a large jump in
October, increasing 15 percent over the same month last year, with 1,195 homes
pending compared to 1,040 in 2018. Pending sales have risen every month, year-over-year,
in 2019 including four consecutive months of double-digit increases.
“The market is on a roll,” said Blevins. “The economy is still strong, reports show that homeownership is still a priority for most people in the U.S., and interest rates are low and forecasted to remain under 4 percent in 2020. Given all of this, real estate should remain solid for a while, especially in this region.”
Realtor.com shows Millennials made up a whopping 46 percent of all mortgage
originations last month – up from 43 percent the year prior. And this group of
buyers, the largest generation of buyers, rank homeownership as one of their
top goals in life (72 percent saying it’s their top priority even over getting
married, having children and traveling). Across non-owners, 78 percent believe
homeownership is a good financial decision and 81 percent want to own a home in
of a strong market and uptick in demand has pushed housing appreciation higher.
The median price in Central Kentucky rose 14 percent in October 2019, reaching
$185,000, up from $162,950 last year. Single-family homes increased 13 percent
to $185,000 while condos/townhome prices rose 2 percent to $145,900. For the
year, median prices stand at $180,000 for single-family properties and $143,250
for condos/townhomes. With increases in the number of homes sold and the steady
rise in median price, the total dollar volume of homes sold jumped to nearly
$260 million for the month, a 23 percent surge over last year. Total volume
jumped just over 10 percent breaking the $2.5 billion mark for the year.
home prices have risen year-over-year for 92 straight months, topping out at $270,900
in October, up just over 6 percent from last year when prices were $255,100.
The number of new properties coming to the market isn’t keeping up with the upturn in demand. At 1,480 new residential listings hitting the market in October, this represented a drop of 5 percent year-over-year and down more than 4 percent from September. According to recent data, nationally, the average homeowner is staying in their home 13 years, up from just eight years a decade ago, which may account for some of the housing shortage.
total number of residential listings available for sale in October fell by 8
percent, hitting 3,876 homes, down from 4,230 available at the same time last
year. This is the fifth straight month of year-over-year declines for
added, “Despite somewhat limited choices for properties, buyers continue to
scoop up available homes at record paces. If the information I’m seeing holds
true, the remainder of 2019, and into 2020, will remain positive for real estate.
The only limiting factor could be a tremendously harsh winter and weather that
would prohibit buyers from staying active in the market.”
the region’s leading advocate for homeownership, Lexington-Bluegrass Association
of REALTORS® (LBAR) understands the value and joy of owning a home. LBAR
represents more than 3,400 REALTORS® located in 22 counties: Anderson, Bath,
Bell, Bourbon, Clark, Clay, Elliott, Fayette, Franklin, Harrison, Jackson,
Jessamine, Knox, Laurel, Menifee, Montgomery, Nicholas, Powell, Rowan, Scott,
Whitley and Woodford Counties. Visit www.lbar.com for up to the minute real
estate listings and buying and selling resources.
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