2020 Market Report: Central Ohio Broke All Records!

Below is a review of the 2020 housing market which was challenged by constant inventory shortages.  The 2021 outlook remains the same as buyer interest is steady amongst a significant inventory shortage.

If you are considering a sale, multiple offers are expected to continue to be the norm.  If you are buying, it is more important than ever to use a REALTOR with experience who can guide you effectively and successfully through your purchase.  Call The Columbus Team, we have the experience you need during this market. (614) 888-6100.

2020 BROKE ALL RECORDS!

Record highs: Sales, Prices
Record lows: Inventory, Days on Market, Months Supply

The 2020 housing market was unexpectedly turbulent towards the end of the first quarter due to the pandemic that spread across the country. As the first wave of COVID-19 hit in the spring, housing market activity slowed substantially before staging a dramatic comeback just a couple of months later. 

Buyer activity was the leader again in 2020. With mortgage interest rates setting record lows multiple times throughout the year and a strong drive by many buyers to secure a better housing situation – in part due to the new realities brought on by COVID-19 – many segments of the market experienced a multiple-offer frenzy not seen in the last 15 years or more.

While markedly improved from their COVID-19 spring lows, seller activity continued to lag buyer demand, which had strengthened the ongoing seller’s market for most housing segments as inventories remain at record lows.

The housing market in 2020 proved to be incredibly resilient, ending the year on a high note. Home sales and prices were higher than in 2019 across most market segments and across most of the country. Seller activity recovered significantly from the COVID-19 spring decline, but overall activity was still insufficient to build up the supply of homes for sale.

Sales: Home sales increased 4.1 percent in 2020 to 33,431, usurping the previous record of 32,218 in 2017 by 3.8 percent.

Single-family home sales increased 4.2 percent last year while condominium sales were up 3.4 percent.

Condos held on to its market share of just under 15 percent of sales and single-family homes made up the lion’s share of 2020 sales at just over 85 percent, also unchanged from 2019.

Prices: Strong demand and lack of supply worked to push home prices up in 2020. The overall median sales price increased 10.5 percent to $232,000 for the year. Single-family home prices were up 10.5 percent compared to last year, and condo home prices were up 8.3 percent.

In the central Ohio area, Columbus REALTORS® has established the affordable housing benchmark as $180,000 based on median income, typical family size, interest rates and qualifying ratios. This would, of course, include most first-time home buyers.

Homes under $180,000 made up 33 percent of the market share in 2020, a decrease of 17.5 percent, while homes over $180,000 gained 11.7 percent market share.

“Although we had very strong demand for entry-level homes, sales were down as we simply didn’t have sufficient inventory in the under $180,000 price point,” said Michael Jones, 2021 Columbus REALTORS® President. “Fewer home sales in this sector and more home sales in the higher price ranges also served to push the overall market sales price. In many cases, the $180,000 home has now become the over $200,000 home.”

List Price Received: Sellers received, on average, 99.8 percent of their list price at sale, up 1.1 percent from 2019. Due to the declining inventory in the last half of the year, the average sale price exceeded the list price in five of the last six months.

Inventory: New listings decreased by 4.3 percent to finish the year at 36,023. Other than seven months in late 2018 and early 2019, central Ohio has experienced year over year declines in inventory for nearly ten years.

There were 2,049 active listings at the end of 2020, which was 47.3 percent less than the previous year. Five years ago, there were just over 6,000 listings at the end of the year, and ten years ago, that number was up to 16,000.

Months Supply: Reduced inventory and strong demand resulted in a 0.7 months supply at the close of 2020. This means that, if no more inventory were added to the market, it would take about three weeks to sell all listed homes based on the current sales pace – yet another record low for central Ohio.

Lender-Mediated Properties: The foreclosure market continued to remain a small player in the overall market amid numerous forbearance efforts undertaken by the government and lenders. In 2020, the percentage of closed sales that were either foreclosure or short sale decreased by 27.0 percent to end the year at 1.8 percent of the market. Foreclosure and short sale activity may tick higher in 2021 as forbearances expire with some homeowners unable to meet their obligations.

As we look to 2021, signals suggest buyer demand will remain elevated and tight inventory will continue to invite multiple offers and higher prices across much of the housing inventory.

Mortgage rates are expected to remain low, helping buyers manage some of the increases in home prices and keep them motivated to lock in their housing costs for the long term. These factors will provide substantial tailwinds for the housing market into the new year.

“As more people are working from home, the need for more space or a different type of space has noticeably increased,” added Jones.

“If you’re uncertain about listing your home, consider this: record low-interest rates will enable you to afford more home. And if limited options are discouraging, new construction is an excellent option as there are so many new developments which can offer space that meets your needs.” 

2020 Year-End Housing Report

December 2020 Housing Report

Columbus REALTORS® is comprised of over 8,600 real estate professionals engaged in residential sales and leasing, commercial sales and leasing, property management, appraisal, consultation, real estate syndication, land development and more.

The Columbus REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service (MLS) serves all of Franklin, Delaware, Fayette, Licking, Madison, Morrow, Pickaway and Union Counties and parts of Athens, Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Fairfield, Hocking, Knox, Logan, Marion, Muskingum, Perry and Ross counties.

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As the pandemic drags on, home sales in Columbus, Ohio have definitely been affected. However, the numbers show very clearly that the effects are positive. In August 2020, we experienced robust activity for both buyers and sellers. Homes sold more quickly as well. Ohio continues to be listed nationwide as one of the best places to invest in real estate.

Another unusual aspect involves the effects of school closures on families that traditionally move during the summer months. They will now have a longer period of time to find a new place and get settled. In spite of continuing cases of covid-19 reported in Ohio, the general public is doing its best to return to normal. There are positive signs afoot and families do seem to be looking forward more this year to Thanksgiving and Christmas. Keep reading to learn all the specifics.

Record home sales in August!

(Sept. 22, 2020 – Columbus Ohio) – The central Ohio housing market saw record home sales in August 2020 as almost 3,400 homes and condominiums changed hands, up almost five percent from last year and the highest number of sales documented for this late summer month.
 
The number of homes closed during the first three quarters of 2020 is now just 1.3 percent behind 2019 according to the Columbus REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service.
 
“Traditionally we experience a higher number of sales in August as buyers seek to move into a new home prior to the start of the school year,” said Andy Mills, 2020 Columbus REALTORS® President. “However, given that so many children are now attending school virtually, or in a hybrid situation, that opens up a broader time frame for families to pursue a move.”

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Homes sold even more quickly than in months past during August. Homes under $350,000 sold in an average of 17 days. Homes sold between $350,000 and $500,000 took about 33 days to sell. Homes sold between $500,000 and $700,000 sold in an average of 52 days and homes over $700,000 took an average of 75 days to sell.
 
Although the number of residential homes and condominiums for sale during the month of August 2020 trailed the previous month by just 7.0 percent, the month was 47.0 percent less than the number for sale during August 2019.
 
There were 3,600 homes newly listed for sale last month providing motivated buyers additional inventory to consider.
 
As a result, there were almost 4,200 homes put into contract in August, a jump of 14.9 percent from 2019 and up slightly (0.8 percent) from July 2020.
 
For the second consecutive month, the average sale price exceeded the last list price. The average sale price in August was $279,134, up 12.8 percent from last year and the median sale price of $243,000 rose 13.8 percent over August 2019.

“Real estate has been, and remains, the foundation of wealth building for the middle class and a critical link in the flow of goods, services, and income for millions of Americans,” added Mills. “Accounting for nearly 15 percent of the Ohio gross state product, real estate is clearly a major driver of the U.S. economy.”

Current housing report – August 2020
 

Columbus REALTORS® is comprised of over 8,100 real estate professionals engaged in residential sales and leasing, commercial sales and leasing, property management, appraisal, consultation, real estate syndication, land development, and more.

The Columbus REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service (MLS) serves all of Franklin, Delaware, Fayette, Licking, Madison, Morrow, Pickaway, and Union Counties and parts of Athens, Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Fairfield, Hocking, Knox, Logan, Marion, Muskingum, Perry and Ross counties.

Columbus Real Estate Market Expected to Outperform Over the Next Three to Five Years

Columbus Real Estate Market Expected to Outperform Over the Next Three to Five Years

Did you hear the recent GOOD news about Columbus, OH, from the National Association of Realtors? The Columbus Team is thrilled to share with you that our wonderful hometown and state Capital of Ohio has made the list of 10 Markets that are expected to outperform over the next three-five years. What does this mean for you? Chief Economist Lawrence Yun indicates, “some markets are clearly positioned for exceptional longer-term performance due to their relative housing affordability combined with solid local economic expansion.” Yun suggests that Columbus, along with the other nine real estate markets listed, offer many benefits to the consumer, including affordability and consistent job growth as we look ahead, making it a favorable environment to become a homeowner. When it’s time to plan your path to homeownership, upsizing, downsizing, or even deciding if you should rent or buy, The Columbus Team is here for you. We’d love to meet-up and share some FREE real estate advice with you. Consulting, planning, and advising are all part of our comprehensive approach to helping you meet your real estate goals! How can we help you?

The Reason Columbus ranked #1 Hottest Housing Market in March

reason Columbus ranked #1 hottest housing market in March
We’ve always thought Columbus was a hot market but the stats this month back up our favoritism!

(April 22, 2019 – Columbus, OH) – Earlier this month, the Columbus area was ranked #1 hottest housing market in March by Realtor.com based on home listing activity and days on the market.

Last month, there were one thousand more homes listed for sale compared to February. The jump from 2,200 to 3,200 new listings generated increased interest and foot traffic from buyers actively seeking to purchase a home in central Ohio.

As a result, more homes were sold or put in contract in March according to the Columbus REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service.

Months supply remains at 1.4 meaning that, if no more inventory were added to the market, it would take less than a month and a half to sell the current inventory based on the current sales pace.

“Even with the increase in new listings, we ended the month with roughly the same number of listings as we had in February,” said John Myers, 2019 Columbus REALTORS® President. “This means consumers bought as much as was added to the market.”

Although March 2019 homes sold or pending sale was down from one year ago, sales were up 24.7 percent from the previous month and homes that went into contract spiked 32.3 percent from February.

The median sale price of a home in central Ohio sold during the first quarter was $189,900, up 6.1 percent from one year ago. The average sale price was $221,372, up 3.9 percent from the first quarter of 2018.

“Given our strong job growth, low-interest rates and so many central Ohio buyers looking to buy a new home, we’re hoping to see new listings continue to increase as we head into the summer months,” added Myers.

Current housing report – March 2019

Columbus REALTORS® is comprised of over 8,300 real estate professionals engaged in residential sales and leasing, commercial sales and leasing, property management, appraisal, consultation, real estate syndication, land development and more.

The Columbus REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service (MLS) serves all of Franklin, Delaware, Fayette, Licking, Madison, Morrow, Pickaway, and Union Counties and parts of Athens, Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Fairfield, Hocking, Knox, Logan, Marion, Muskingum, Perry and Ross counties.

Fierce Competition for Homes in Central Ohio

Fierce Competition for Homes in Central Ohio

The following report maintains there is still fierce competition for homes in central Ohio because there is no shortage of buyers looking for homes despite inventory levels being down and sales prices rising. The half percent drop in mortgage rates helps the market keep moving. Read on for more details…

Competition remains fierce for homes in central Ohio


Although inventory levels are down and sale prices are up, there appears to be no shortage of buyers. February home sales came in at 1,744 which was 3.7 higher than a year ago and 8.9 percent more homes sold than in January 2019.

The number of homes in contract trailed February 2018 by almost three percent, however pending sales were up almost six percent from January, according to the Columbus REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service.

Home sales were not the only good news for February. After peaking late last year at just over five percent, home mortgage rates have come down a half percent (or more) giving buyers the option of more home for their money.

“As mortgage interest rates have come down, more buyers have re-entered the market and competition remains fierce,” said John Myers, 2019 Columbus REALTORS® President. “REALTORS® report that, if a house comes on the market that is in good condition and is realistically priced, it is likely to sell quickly.”

There were 2,249 central Ohio homes and condos added to the market in February 2019, which was up 3.1 percent from January, but down 5.2 percent from a year ago.

The added inventory brought the total number of homes and condos for sale to 3,613 at the end of February, down 5.4 percent from the previous month.

Although there were more homes on the market last month versus one year ago, the steady decline of inventory over the last several years means the central Ohio market is still not hosting the number of homes for sale that we’ve seen historically.

The median sale price of a home in central Ohio sold last month was $189,700, up 7.2 percent from one year ago. The average sale price was $220,694, up 4.7 percent from February of 2018.

“As the end of winter is on the horizon, we’re going to see more houses listed for sale,” added Myers. “Sellers can take full advantage of the low inventory and higher prices by listing their home now.”

Current housing report – February 2019


Columbus REALTORS® is comprised of over 8,300 real estate professionals engaged in residential sales and leasing, commercial sales and leasing, property management, appraisal, consultation, real estate syndication, land development and more.

The Columbus REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service (MLS) serves all of Franklin, Delaware, Fayette, Licking, Madison, Morrow, Pickaway, and Union Counties and parts of Athens, Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Fairfield, Hocking, Knox, Logan, Marion, Muskingum, Perry and Ross counties.