Home sales down in December, up for year

Johnson County home sales were down for the month of December but up for 2016.

Last year, home sales were up 3 percent from the year before, according to an analysis by Indianapolis-based real estate firm F.C. Tucker Co.

That number was slightly lower than the average increase of 5 percent for all of central Indiana.

In December, home sales in Johnson County were down nearly 3 percent. That number was also lower than the central Indiana average, where home sales increased by 5 percent, according to the report. Home sales were up and down in counties across central Indiana. In Hendricks County, sales were up 28 percent in December. And in Hancock County, they were down 29 percent, the report said.

The amount of properties listed for sale last month was down nearly 20 percent in Johnson County, compared to December 2015, which was also true for all of central Indiana, the report said.

But the average sales price was up nearly 6 percent, from $174,734 in December 2015 to $184,724 last month, the report said. Across central Indiana, the average sales price was up 3 percent to $188,616.

By the numbers

Here is a look at home sales last month, compared to December 2015:

County;December 2015;December 2016;Change

Boone;56;55;-2%

Hamilton;303;318;5%

Hancock;73;52;-29%

Hendricks;124;159;28%

Johnson;148;144;-3%

Marion;726;758;4%

Morgan;55;61;11%

Shelby;32;31;-3%

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.