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Local Home Sales Continue to Increase

November housing  market numbers are just in for Central Indiana, courtesy of MIBOR.

  • Unlike the nation as a whole, new listings are slowly increasing, +4% from last 2017.
  • Sales are up as well, 2% Y-o-Y, but in a slowing pattern.
  • Prices continue to rise, with median sales price now $179,000.  Up 9% from a year ago.
  • Sellers are getting 95% of their original asking price. (Which is to say it’s still a seller’s market but not like last spring.)
  • Available inventory remains very tight, with 7% fewer houses available for each buyer to choose from.

Want to learn how to take the most of this market for your own self? Give me a call at 317-625-0655.

6 Best Months to Sell

Which are the six best months to sell your house?? Most people would venture to say June-July-August and then say ‘Definitely not December or January”.  Looking back over available inventory and sales activity during the past year, here are the months I found to have the most sales activity per individual listing.

  1. April
  2. March
  3. May
  4. June
  5. February
  6. January

I used sales per listing as my yard stick because if you have a lot of competition for a given property, then multiple offers are likely and prices are going to get bid up.  It’s ECON 101 – basic supply and demand.  Tax Day or April 15th is about the peak, with the peak 🗻 season covering the first six months of the year.

And just in case you’re curious, here’s how the rest of the year shakes out:

  1. July
  2. August
  3. September
  4. October
  5. December
  6. November

So, if you’ve got a house 🏠 on the market currently, you’re wading through the time of year when the number of buyers underwhelm listingsSoon, very soon, the tide will turn.  If you’re wanting to sell your house, then come January 1, you might want to get your house on the market.  If you’re not quite sure what to do to get it ready or what to price it at… easy, peazy – give us a call.  No strings attached!   We are here to help!

Tips on selling during the holidays

Selling a home is no doubt a stressful time. Add the craze of the holidays, you may need some advice from the experts. We asked our real estate agents for tips that can help minimize the stress and possibly get that SOLD sign up before the big guy 🎅 comes to town.

  • Consider potential buyers spiritual backgrounds 🕎 in your market before decorating for the holidays. Keep it simple
  • Less is more when decorating a home for the holidays while you are trying to sell. Limit the amount of holiday-specific decorations that are displayed
  • Large over-size Christmas trees 🎄 and other holiday decorations consume space that might make rooms or landscapes appear smaller
  • Install and remove exterior holiday decorations ~2 weeks before and shortly after the It’s less distracting
  • Tum off lighted holiday decorations 🌟 before showings. Buyers should focus on your home and not your decorations
  • If you are having out-of-town house guests, ask your real estate agent to postpone showings until after your guests depart
  • Help potential buyers visualize 👀 your home in other seasons. Display summer photos of home / gardens to show off other features of the home
  • Before showings, remove snow ❄️, ice and leaves from walkways and driveways. Don’t overlook outside entrances to basements, garages, and porches. And don’t forget the pet dirt 💩. It’s a turn-off to buyers

Hope these tips help to keep stress levels to a minimum during the holiday season. If you need to talk through your specific situation, give us a call. Happy to help!