December home sales in the Cincinnati area were up from a year ago, but not by much.
The Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors reports 1,616 sales last month, compared with 1,608 in December 2013. Northern Kentucky Realtors say their gain was similar: 397 sales in December of 2014, and 388 in December 2013.
However, total sales for 2014 are different for the two sides of the river. In Ohio, there was a drop in sales of 1.7 percent , while Northern Kentucky sales grew by 1.84 percent.
Home sales in the Cincinnati area lost momentum last month, declining more than 14 percent from a year ago. The Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors said the number of homes sold year to date is down as well, by almost 3 percent. Despite the decline, CABR president Ken Parchman said Greater Cincinnati continues to be a solid, viable market. "Even though August unit sales were down, 2014 is continuing to mimic 2013 home sales, which recorded the highest number of sales in the past seven years," said Parchman.
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.
Like the national housing market, home sales in Cincinnati declined last month. The Cincinnati Area Board of Realtors said closings fell a little more than 7 percent in January compared to a year earlier. It's the first time in more than two years the local market has experienced a drop in closings.
Board president Ken Parchman compares it to the stock market. "Our home sales activity will experience occasional dips as we continue our upward growth," he said in a statement.