columbus oh real estate

The holidays are over and the new year has begun! If you are a home buyer or seller that took a break in December, it’s time to hit the market with renewed focus. Homebuyer traffic is already starting to increase. So sellers, go ahead and start preparing your home to sell. And buyers, it’s time to get pre-approval in place so you can be ready when the right home becomes available.

I’ve got the latest numbers for December 2017, so let’s dig in and see how the Central Ohio real estate market ended the year.

Central Ohio Homes For Sale, Sold, Pending, New Listings

The number of homes for sale in Central Ohio dropped in December 2017 to 3015 units. That’s….

  • ⬇Down 14.1% compared to November 2017
  • ⬇Down 19.3% compared to December 2016

The number of homes listed for sale in Central Ohio also dropped in December 2017. There were only 1369 newly listed units in 12/17.

  • ⬇Down 14.1% compared to November 2017
  • ⬇Down 19.3% compared to December 2016

The number of homes closed in December 2017 was down to 2028 units. That is…

  • ⬇Down 9.8% compared to November 2017
  • ⬇Down 6.6% compared to December 2016

Finally, the number of homes placed under contract in December 2017 was 1942 units.

  • ⬇Down 11.6% compared to November 2017
  • ⬆UP 23.3% compared to December 2016

Columbus OH Number of Homes For Sale/Listed/Sold/Pending Dec 2017

Columbus OH Homes For Sale/Listed/Sold/Pending Dec 2017 Chart

Average Sold Price Per Square Foot in Central Ohio

Whether you’re buying or selling you may be asking, “What’s the average price per square foot in Columbus Ohio?” In December 2017 the Average Sold Price Per Square Foot in the Columbus area was Neutral* at $116. That’s….

  • ⬆Up 2.7% compared to November 2017
  • ⬆Up 6.4% compared to December 2016

*Based on 6 month trend – Appreciating/Depreciating/Neutral

Columbus OH Average Sold Price Per Square Foot Dec 2017 GraphColumbus OH Average Sold Price Per Square Foot Dec 2017 Chart

Central OH Average Days On Market Dec 2017

If you’re thinking about selling a house, you probably want to know, “How long does it take to sell a home in Columbus, Ohio?” On average it is taking about 35 days for homes to sell right now in Central Ohio. While that number is trending up* seasonally, that is still a relatively short amount of time historically.

Average Days On Market (DOM) in December 2017: 35 days

  • ⬆Up 6.1% compared to November 2017
  • ⬇Down 10.3% compared to December 2016

The Sold/Original List Price Ratio fell* in December 2017 to 96%. While the 6 month trend is falling, this metric is virtually unchanged when compared to November 2017 and December 2016.

*Based on 6 month trend – Rising/Falling/Remains Steady

Columbus OH Avg Days On Market Graph Dec 2017Columbus OH Days On Market Chart 12/17

Central Ohio Home Prices Dec 2017

How much are homes selling for in the Columbus area? The short term home price trend is neutral, but we will probably begin to see home prices rise as we move into spring.

The Median Sold Price remained Neutral* in December 2017 at $195k.

  • ⬆Up 2.6% compared to Nov 2017
  • ⬆Up 15.4% compared to Dec 2016

The Average For Sale Price also remained neutral* at $350k.

  • ⬆Up 1.2% compared to Nov 2017
  • ⬆Up 12.5% compared to Dec 2016

Meanwhile, the Average Sold Price fell slightly in Central Ohio in December 2017 to $223K.

  • 0% compared to Nov 2017
  • ⬆Up 8.6% compared to Dec 2016

*Based on 6 month trend – Appreciating/Depreciating/Neutral

Columbus OH Home Prices Chart Dec 2017Columbus OH Home Prices Comparison Chart 12/17

Central OH Months Of Inventory & Absorption Rate

If you’re asking, “Is it a buyer’s market or a seller’s market in Columbus, Ohio,” you will need to look at the Months of Inventory and the Absorption Rate. Right now, we are in a strong Seller’s Market in Central Ohio. Let’s see why that is…

The Months of Inventory based on Closed Sales in December 2017 was 1.5. That means there were only 1.5 months of housing supply. When there is less than 3 months of inventory, it is considered a Seller’s Market.

  • ⬇Down 6.4% compared to November 2017
  • ⬇Down 11.6% compared to December 2016
Columbus OH Months Of Inventory Graph Dec 2017
At only 1.5 months of inventory, Central Ohio is in a Seller’s Market.

Columbus OH Months Of Inventory Chart 12/17

The Absorption Rate based on Closed Sales in December 2017 was 67.3. This tells us the rate of active listings being sold each month. This month’s rate puts Central Ohio solidly in a Seller’s Market*.

  • ⬆Up 5% compared to November 2017
  • ⬆Up 15.6% compared to December 2016

*Buyer’s market: 16.67% and below based on closed sales
Seller’s market: 33.33% and above based on closed sales
Neutral market: 16.67% – 33.33% based on closed sales

Columbus OH Absorption Rate Dec 2017

Columbus OH Absorption Rate Chart Dec 2017

Central Ohio Real Estate Chart Dec 2017

Use this chart to track the Columbus area real estate market through December 2017.

Columbus OH Real Estate Chart Dec 2017

Key Takeaways For Buyers & Sellers

Central Ohio Home Buying

While the Columbus area has been in a Seller’s Market for some time, buyers can take advantage of the seasonal slow down we are currently in. But, don’t wait if you want to try to get a deal. The market is already ramping up for the spring and summer.

I have previously written about the best time to buy a home in Central Ohio, and the data shows that right now is the time to be out house hunting. If we look at the Days On Market chart above, we see that last year January and February is when homes took the longest to sell. This is also when the median home price was at its lowest over the last 12 months.

Best Day To Buy A Home in Columbus: Feb 23
The best day to close on a home in Columbus is February 23, so the time to find the right home is NOW.

Central Ohio Home Selling

In general, home sellers have the advantage right now. Keep in mind that this strong Seller’s Market is being driven by the fact that inventory is extremely tight in the lower price ranges. That means if you are selling a home or condo under about $300k, you will likely sell quickly.

However, if you are selling a higher priced home, you may actually be in a Buyer’s Market due to lower demand for high-end and luxury homes right now. This has created a market-mismatch that home sellers need to be aware of.

If you have a property to sell use the Home Value Estimator. Your best course of action is to get in touch with me if you’re thinking about selling your home this year. We’ll talk about your home and determine the strategy that will most benefit your situation.


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