Home sales UP in March

Local home sales were up in March, while most other central Indiana counties had a drop in sales.

Johnson County was one of two counties in central Indiana with an increase in sales for the month. Last month, 217 homes sold, a nearly 6 percent increase compared to March 2014, according to data from F.C. Tucker Co.

Across central Indiana, home sales were down nearly 2 percent on average. Shelby County was the only other county with an increase in home sales in March, the release said.

Local home sales also are up for the year by nearly 17 percent, which is more than the central Indiana average. Across central Indiana, home sales are up nearly 8 percent, with some counties having decreases.

The average sales price of homes also is up.

In Johnson County, the average price so far this year is $164,575, a 7 percent increase over this point last year.

Across central Indiana, the average sales price is up about 5 percent to $170,732.

By the numbers

Here is a look at home sales locally and in central Indiana:

Johnson County

March 2014: 205

March 2015: 217

Increase: 6 percent

Boone County

March 2014: 113

March 2015: 75

Decrease: 34 percent

Hamilton County

March 2014: 578

March 2015: 572

Decrease: 1 percent

Hancock County

March 2014: 117

March 2015: 107

Decrease: 8.5 percent

Hendricks County

March 2014: 243

March 2015: 224

Decrease: 8 percent

Marion County

March 2014: 1,075

March 2015: 1,059

Decrease: 1.5 percent

Morgan County

March 2014: 87

March 2015: 82

Decrease: 6 percent

Shelby County

March 2014: 44

March 2015: 48

Increase: 9 percent

SOURCE: F.C. Tucker Co.

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Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at agoeller@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2718.