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Local home sales increase from year ago

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More local homes sold last month, compared with the same time last year.

This year, 192 homes sold in Johnson County, which is an increase of 23 homes, or nearly 14 percent, from August 2012. Year-to-date home sales in Johnson County had gone up 24 percent, according to a report from Indianapolis real estate company F.C. Tucker Co.

The total number of homes sold in the nine central Indiana counties was 2,415, an increase of 3 percent from August 2012, the report said.

That overall increase happened despite decreases in home sales in Boone and Hamilton counties.

The number of houses sold in Boone County dropped 11 percent, from 91 to 81. In Hamilton County, 484 houses sold in August, a drop of nearly 5 percent from the 508 sold in 2012.

The average selling price of homes in Johnson County went down slightly, to $151,458.

Overall in central Indiana, the average home sale price increased nearly 6 percent, from $156,129 to $165,235.

The number of homes for sale in Johnson County increased 2 percent, from 966 in August 2012 to 986 in August 2013.

“Homes sales and home prices continue to grow as the inventory shrinks — necessary factors for market stabilization,” Jim Litten, president of F.C. Tucker Co., said in a news release.

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