Clark County home sales didn’t plunge as dramatically as some other parts of the country during the Great Recession, Dhingra said, so the improvements have been smaller as well.
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“Since we didn’t have a 50 percent drop (in home sales), we’re not going to have a 30 percent jump,” he said.
In Champaign County, 281 residential properties were sold through September last year, down about 9 percent from 2016, according to WRIST data. However, home prices there rose about 3 percent last year.
One challenge that continues to affect Clark County is a lack of available homes on the market, Dhingra said. Few new homes have been constructed in recent years in the area, although local leaders have said efforts are underway to study the problem and potentially consider incentives to spur new development.
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Ohio’s housing marketplace was solid statewide last year, according to the Ohio Association of Realtors, setting records for sales activity, average sales price and total dollar volume. That agency showed a seasonally adjusted statewide rate of 151,748 home sales last year, about a 2 percent increase from 2016. The average sales price statewide was $172,870, almost a 6 percent boost from the previous year.
“It was a solid year in terms of the housing market,” said Carl Horst, a spokesman for the Ohio Association of Realtors. “We didn’t see any big swings in activity. It was just slow, steady growth.”
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Information from the Columbus Realtors service, which includes parts of Clark and Champaign counties, also shows that region also fared well as a whole. Central Ohio saw home and condo sales of about 32,000, a 1.7 increase over 2016 and the highest number of homes sold on record for a single year.
The average sales price in central Ohio was $214,802, about 6 percent higher than the previous year.
By the numbers
1,039: Residential properties sold in Clark county through last September
4 percent: Increase in Clark County home sales compared to the same period in 2016
$115,800: Average home sale price in Clark County in 2017
$117,400: Average home sale price in Clark County in 2016
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