Local realtors say they saw another drop in business last month, likely the leftover effect of the extreme winter weather. Home sales fell 8 percent in the Cincinnati area compared to March 2013. Northern Kentucky closings were off by 7 percent.
Sales were down more than 6 percent across Ohio. Chris Hall, president of the Ohio Association of Realtors had this take:
You can blame the winter weather for last month's slowdown in the housing market. Home sales in Ohio were off 4.3 percent compared to a year ago when the weather wasn't as harsh. It was the second consecutive month statewide closings dropped.
“A survey of the state’s real estate professionals conducted during the month found that two-thirds of respondents indicated that the cold, snowy conditions resulted in a marked decline in home buying activity," said Chris Hall, president of the Ohio Association of Realtors, in a statement.
Area realtors say 2013 ended on a high note for home sales. The Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors is reporting December closings rose 14.2 percent compared to a year earlier. For the entire year, sales increased 20.84 percent. The average home price rose 5.75 percent last year to $165,037.
"The Greater Cincinnati Housing Market continues to improve at a moderate rate," said Ken Parchman, President of the CABR, in a statement. "Our low inventory coupled with relatively low interest rates and stronger demand pushed the average price higher."
Home sales in Cincinnati ended last year at the highest level since 2007. The Area Board of Realtors says closings were up 12 percent from 2011. December home sales rose more than 5 percent compared to the same month a year ago.