Market Report

Your Real Estate Market Update:

Local Market Information provided by the Columbus Board of Realtors MLS. Last updated April 19,2024

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Mrach 2024 Housing Report:

Three months into 2024, closings, new listings, and median sales prices are up over 2023.

Closed sales saw a slight dip year-over-year. Still, median sales price, new listings, and total inventory all saw gains in the latest housing statistics provided by Columbus REALTORS®.

In March, 2,218 closed sales were recorded in the Columbus and Central Ohio Regional MLS, a 3.7 percent decrease over March 2023. However, sales were up 15.8 percent compared to last month. There were 1,915 closed sales in February 2024.

The first three months of the year have shown us that we’re on the cusp of a busy spring selling season in central Ohio,” said Columbus REALTORS® President Scott Hrabcak.

“We’re about 3 percent ahead of last year in terms of sales and about 10 percent ahead of last year in terms of new listings. It’s exciting that buyers have a bit more to choose from.”

The median sales price for March in central Ohio was $310,000, up 8.4 percent year-over-year. Homes stayed on the market an average of 33 days, but 62 percent of all sales in March occurred in 30 days or less.

Mortgage rates have been hovering in the 6-7 percent range for much of the first three months of 2024, but the recent inflation figures, which rose to 3.5%, reversed a steady trend of lowering inflation.

Dr. Jessica Lautz, Deputy Chief Economist and Vice President of Research at the National Association of Realtors (NAR), believes rates will likely increase because of the news on inflation.

“The weekly average of mortgage interest rates remained in the mid-6% range as it (inflation numbers) has not yet fully factored in the jump,” said Lautz. “In the coming weeks, mortgage interest rates are likely to increase, which is disappointing news for Spring home buyers.”

Total inventory for central Ohio was up 18.6 percent year over year to 2,754 listings but down 2.2 percent compared to February 2024.

A breakdown of total sales in March showed that 58 percent of sales were financed conventionally, while 20 percent of all sales in the month were all-cash purchases. FHA loans were utilized in 10.5 percent of purchases, and USDA or VA loans accounted for 6 percent of sales.