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.
Greater Cincinnati home sales are up for the fifteenth month in a row. In Cincinnati the gain was bigger at 11% when compared to the same month last year.
Northern Kentucky's sales increase was just 2%. In both places median prices are increasing and home inventories are declining, a sign realtors say indicates the buyer's advantage is starting to shrink.
September 2012: Closings: 1,588 Average Price: $158,219
September 2011: Closings: 1,430 Average Price: $151,633