August Home Sales in Louisville Remain Hot!

The heat of the summer, higher interest rates and a month after the end of the traditional home buying season could have spelled problems for Louisville home sales in August. But motivated Louisville home buyers were out in droves last month shopping for their next home. The result was good news for Louisville home sellers because the number of homes under contract in August 2013 compared to a year before was up 20.84%. That’s a great sign that home buyers were either not scared of higher interest rates or concerned that the rates would go higher.

On the flip side the number of homes closing last month compared to August 2012 up only 3.%. So what happened to the closings? We’re seeing a variety of problems getting homes closed after they go under contract.

  1. Deferred maintenance on a number of homes has created problems for buyers and sellers after inspections of those homes by licensed home inspectors. Some home sellers have let repairs to roofs, woodwork, foundations, electrical and even plumbing take a backseat to putting a home on the market. Because there were fewer homes on the market in June and part of July and prices paid for homes was up, buyers are expecting those homes to be in excellent condition. Sellers don’t quite see it that way and many are reluctant to make repairs to items they believe are minor to the overall condition of the house. The standoff between buyers and sellers can result in the termination of contracts unless a compromise is reached between both parties. Our Sokoler Medley Team is working on a sale where sellers were reluctant to make would work repairs to the home. When the buyers threatened to walk away the sellers decided to make the requested repairs.
  2. Mortgage lenders have once again tighten down on getting documentation from buyers on all home loans. Sometimes going back to the buyers and asking for even more documentation than originally requested. Plus appraisers in some cases continue to under a praise homes for contract price because of antiquated appraisal guidelines set back three years ago when home prices were declining. Again our Sokoler Medley team is working on an appraisal where the value of the home came in $7500 under the contract price. The issues include not enough comparable homes in the selling homes area and a discrepancy between the square footage measured by the appraiser for the bank and a well-known appraiser who had measured the home just prior to listing.

In general home prices for all Louisville areas were up 1.67% compared to a year before. But there are some shining examples of higher home appreciation in areas like St Mathews and The Highlands. In fact an area three which includes St. Mathews and the Highlands home prices were up 7.11%. That’s great news for anybody living there and try to sell their home but a concern for many of our buyers who were trying to find a deal in those areas.

Additionally were finding many home sellers unwilling to reduce the price of their home because they feel home sale prices are going up and now’s the time to cash in on it! Buyers are still under the presumption they can get a deal. The truth is somewhere between those two theories based on the location of the home the condition of the home and the initial price of the home. During much of this summer we found that a home priced right and in good condition and in a desirable area of town will sell within a week and for close to asking price. But change just one of those important factors and the home will sit on the market for months.

It’s more important than ever to have good real estate agents out to preview your house before listing it and make suggestions for staging, repairs and pricing. Just for the record our Sokoler Medley team is on track to sell some 300 homes this year. Our team’s experience is invaluable to creating the perfect listing climate sell fast and for the most money.

For more information about Louisville Real Estate or to work with the hardest working Louisville Real Estate Team in Kentucky “The Medley Sokoler Team at REMAX Properties East, 10525 Timberwood Circle, Louisville KY 40223 head to https://www.weselllouisville.com or call (502) 376-5483.

August 2013


Number of Houses Under Contract

This month: 1792

Last month: 1819

This month last year: 103


Number of Houses Sold & Closed

This month: 1478

Last month: 1617

This month last year: 142

 


Average Selling Price

This month: $173,849

Last month: $181,620

This month last year: $164,354


Average Days on Market

This month: 64

Last month: 64

This month last year: 64


Median Sales Price
 

145,000

 

August 2012


Number of Houses Under Contract

This month: 1483

Last month: 1613

This month last year: 86


Number of Houses Sold & Closed

This month: 1427

Last month: 1195

This month last year: 99

 


Average Selling Price

This month: $170,994

Last month: $177,710

This month last year: $166,341


Average Days on Market

This month: 76

Last month: 80

This month last year: 81


Median Sales Price
 

142,000

Area 3 August 2013


Number of Houses Under Contract

This month: 100

Last month: 95

This month last year: 7


Number of Houses Sold & Closed

This month: 102

Last month: 104

This month last year: 13

 


Average Selling Price

This month: $228,902

Last month: $250,626

This month last year: $247,808


Average Days on Market

This month: 56

Last month: 45

This month last year: 62


Median Sales Price
 

207,125

 

Area 3 August 2012


Number of Houses Under Contract

This month: 88

Last month: 82

This month last year: 0


Number of Houses Sold & Closed

This month: 80

Last month: 76

This month last year: 7

 


Average Selling Price

This month: $213,709

Last month: $252,821

This month last year: $194,271


Average Days on Market

This month: 68

Last month: 66

This month last year: 42


Median Sales Price
 

174,500

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