Home sales match 2014

Homes sales were up locally last month, but Johnson County was one of few in central Indiana where more homes were sold as compared to last year.

Local home sales increased 22 percent in September, compared to the same time last year. And so far, home sales are up nearly 7 percent for the year, according to a report from Indianapolis-based real estate firm F.C. Tucker.

The prices homes are selling for was also up, reaching $175,071 on average last month, the report said.

Johnson County and Morgan County were the only two counties in central Indiana with more home sales last month, compared to September 2014.

Across central Indiana, home sales were down nearly 7 percent last month, the report said.

But Johnson County is slightly lower than the average 8 percent increase in sales for all central Indiana counties for the year.

The average local home sales price was also lower than the central Indiana average of $185,536, the report said.

Fewer homes are also listed for sale across central Indiana, with 9 percent fewer homes for sale in the nine-county area, and 13 percent fewer in Johnson County, the report said.

That number reflects the trend toward a more balanced market, according to a news release from F.C. Tucker.

But with higher prices and year-to-date sales increasing, that is a good sign of a strong housing market, the release said.

“The region is 7.9 percent ahead of last year’s pended sales at this time, and that’s a sure sign we’ve ended the third quarter on a strong note,” Jim Litten, president of F.C. Tucker Company, said in the release.

By the numbers

Here is a look at home sales in central Indiana last month, compared to the year before:

Johnson County

September 2015: 235

September 2014: 192

Increase: 22 percent

Boone County

September 2015: 69

September 2014: 101

Decrease: 32 percent

Hamilton County

September 2015: 414

September 2014: 550

Decrease: 25 percent

Hancock County

September 2015: 97

September 2014: 105

Decrease: 8 percent

Hendricks County

September 2015: 197

September 2014: 217

Decrease: 9 percent

Marion County

September 2015: 1,004

September 2014: 1,023

Decrease: 2 percent

Morgan County

September 2015: 94

September 2014: 69

Increase: 36 percent

Shelby County

September 2015: 37

September 2014: 46

Decrease: 20 percent

SOURCE: F.C. Tucker

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