Top Housing Markets of 2015

The 2015 housing market was one of the strongest since before the recession, and 2016 looks to do even better. An ongoing problem, especially within the more urban markets, is a historically low inventory of available homes for sale. This has been a problem for several years now, as construction has failed to match demand.

That lack of inventory really shows up in the yearly % change chart. Few urban markets have increased year over year, as they have a much more limited supply of housing, even as demand for urban housing has increased.

Let’s see how this impacted prices.

While urban markets were not necessarily the most expensive compared to suburban, more of them were generally towards the top half of price increases last year.

Year in Review: 2014 Housing Stats

In terms of housing in the Columbus area, the big story of 2014 housing was that there simply weren’t that many places for sale. The housing supply was consistently lower than demand throughout the year, pushing prices higher in every month.

Here are the final numbers for the 22 Columbus area markets that I looked at.

Columbus Housing Market Update- May 2014

The May housing market in the Columbus area continued the 5-month long trend of sales being down. As with the previous 4 months, the main reason was high demand coupled with historically low supply.

As for when this situation may change seems hard to guess. The rate of construction for single family homes shows no real signs of improving anytime soon, while renting continues to be the dominant choice right now.

Top 10 May 2014 Sales Totals
1. Columbus: 1,008
2. Grove City: 81
3. Clintonville: 73
4. Dublin: 73
5. Westerville: 67
6. Reynoldsburg: 59
7. Hilliard: 58
8. Upper Arlington: 55
9. Gahanna: 45
10. Pickerington: 36

Top 10 May 2014 Sales Increases over May 2013
1. New Albany: +35.3%
2. Pataskala: +35.0%
3. Obetz: +33.0%
4. Downtown: +30.0%
5. Grove City: +20.9%
6. Westerville: +3.1%
7. Pickerington: -2.7%
8. Hilliard: -4.9%
9. Columbus: -11.6%
10. Reynoldsburg: -11.9%

Top 10 Year-to-Date Sales Through May 2014
1. Columbus: 3,716
2. Dublin: 261
3. Grove City: 258
4. Clintonville: 248
5. Westerville: 229
6. Upper Arlington: 220
7. Reynoldsburg: 209
8. Hilliard: 187
9. Gahanna: 150
10. Pickerington: 108

Top 10 Year-to-Date Increases Through May 2014 Over 2013
1. Obetz: +118.2%
2. New Albany: +11.3%
3. Pataskala: +8.7%
4. Grove City: +5.3%
5. Reynoldsburg: +1.0%
6. Westerville: -3.0%
7. Clintonville: -5.0%
8. Downtown: -8.0%
9. German Village: -8.8%
10. Worthington: -9.2%

Average Sales May 2014
Urban: 114
Suburban: 49.6
Urban without Columbus: 25

Average % Change May 2014 vs. May 2013
Urban: -13.1%
Suburban: +1.4%
Urban without Columbus: -13.3%

Average YTD Sales Through May 2014
Urban: 419
Suburban: 167
Urban without Columbus: 89

Average YTD % Change YTD Through May 2014
Urban: -1.7%
Suburban: -6.0%
Urban without Columbus: -1.1%

Top 10 Average Sales Price May 2014
1. New Albany: $549,217
2. Dublin: $400,121
3. Bexley: $355,732
4. Upper Arlington: $345,156
5. German Village: $290,299
6. Downtown: $272,927
7. Worthington: $258,483
8. Grandview Heights: $238,333
9. Hilliard: $231,340
10. Westerville: $214,817

Top 10 Average Sales Price % Change May 2014 vs. May 2013
1. Obetz: +42.2%
2. Upper Arlington: +22.1%
3. Dublin: +18.6%
4. Westerville: +15.3%
5. Minerva Park: +14.5%
6. Grandview Heights: +12.5%
7. Reynoldsburg: +11.3%
8. Clintonville: +10.7%
9. Columbus: +9.4%
10. Pickerington: +9.3%

Top 10 Average Sales Prices YTD Through May 2014
1. New Albany: $491,395
2. Dublin: $356,009
3. Upper Arlington: $334,705
4. Bexley: $322,383
5. Downtown: $303,479
6. German Village: $297,917
7. Worthington: $256,332
8. Grandview Heights: $245,403
9. Hilliard: $222,793
10. Westerville: $207,854

Top 10 Average YTD Sales Price % Change Through May 2014 vs. 2013
1. Obetz: +50.8%
2. Grandview Heights: +20.5%
3. Pataskala: +15.9%
4. Grove City: +11.7%
5. Dublin: +11.6%
6. Pickerington: +11.3%
7. Westerville: +10.7%
8. Columbus: +9.7%
9. Worthington: +9.6%
10. Reynoldsburg: +9.2%

Average Sales Price May 2014
Urban: $221,969
Suburban: $240,310
Urban without Columbus: $229,903

Average Sales Price Change May 2014 vs. May 2013
Urban: +3.9%
Suburban: +4.5%
Urban without Columbus: +3.3%

Average Sales Price YTD Through May 2014
Urban: $217,709
Suburban: $227,022
Urban without Columbus: $226,296

Average Sales Price % Change YTD Through May 2014
Urban: +9.4%
Suburban: +8.0%
Urban without Columbus: +9.3%

Top 10 Fastest Selling Markets May 2014 (Based on Average # of Days for Listings to Sell)
1. Minerva Park: 7
2. Grandview Heights: 12
3. Upper Arlington: 19
4. Worthington: 27
5. Bexley: 31
6. Clintonville: 41
7. Westerville: 41
8. Dublin: 42
9. Obetz: 50
10. Hilliard: 52

Top 10 Fastest Selling Markets YTD Through May 2014
1. Minerva Park: 42
2. Obetz: 44
3. Worthington: 44
4. Upper Arlington: 47
5. Grandview Heights: 49
6. Hilliard: 50
7. Westerville: 55
8. Clintonville: 56
9. Pickerington: 58
10. Dublin: 62

Average # of Days Before Sale, May 2014
Urban: 41.7
Suburban: 63.1
Urban without Columbus: 39.9

Average # of Days Before Sale YTD Through May 2014
Urban: 61.4
Suburban: 72.0
Urban without Columbus: 60.0

Top 10 Lowest Market Housing Supplies May 2014 (Based on # of Months to Sell all Listings)
1. Worthington: 1.3
2. German Village: 1.7
3. Grandview Heights: 1.7
4. Westerville: 1.9
5. Clintonville: 2.0
6. Minerva Park: 2.2
7. Gahanna: 2.3
8. Hilliard: 2.3
9. Obetz: 2.4
10. Upper Arlington: 2.5

A healthy housing supply is considered to be around 5-6 months. Anything less than 3 months is considered very low.

Average # of Months to Sell All Listings, May 2014
Urban: 2.5
Suburban: 3.2
Urban without Columbus: 2.5

Average % Change of Single-Family Home Sales May 2014 vs. May 2013
Urban: -18.4%
Suburban: +4.6%
Urban without Columbus: -18.8%

Average % Change of Single-Family Home Sales YTD Through May 2014 vs. YTD 2013
Urban: -8.0%
Suburban: -6.1%
Urban without Columbus: -7.8%


Average % Change of Condo Sales May 2014 vs. May 2013

Urban: +26.3%
Suburban: -20.0%
Urban without Columbus: +29.0%

Average % Change of Condo Sales YTD Through May 2014 vs. YTD 2013
Urban: +22.0%
Suburban: -12.0%
Urban without Columbus: +24.0%

Columbus Area Housing Market- February 2014

Unfortunately, I have been unable to update this site for about a month, but I am back now and have quite a bit to add. First, I have the numbers for the local housing market for February. Due to changes in the way the numbers were gotten, January’s were not available. I still do them for 21 major areas of Franklin County, however, and here they are.

Top 10 February 2014 Sales Totals
1. Columbus: 535
2. Grove City: 39
3. Westerville: 36
4. Upper Arlington: 33
5. Dublin: 31
6. Hilliard: 30
7. Reynoldsburg: 29
8. Clintonville: 28
9. Gahanna: 23
10. Downtown: 14

Top 10 February 2014 Sales Increases over February 2013
1. Obetz: +200.0%
2. Westerville: +38.5%
3. Grove City: +14.7%
4. German Village: +10.0%
5. Hilliard: +7.1%
6. Gahanna: +0.0%
7. New Albany: +0.0%
8. Upper Arlington: +0.0%
9. Whitehall: +0.0%
10. Downtown: -6.7%

Top 10 Year-to-Date Sales Through February 2014
1. Columbus: 1,076
2. Dublin: 72
3. Grove City: 65
4. Clintonville: 62
5. Reynoldsburg: 59
6. Westerville: 59
7. Upper Arlington: 55
8. Hilliard: 54
9. Gahanna: 40
10. Canal Winchester: 29

Top 10 Year-to-Date Increases Through February 2014 Over 2013
1. Obetz: +300.0%
2. Pataskala: +20.8%
3. Worthington: +8.0%
4. German Village: +6.7%
5. Reynoldsburg: +3.5%
6. Grove City: +3.2%
7. Westerville: -1.7%
8. Hilliard: -1.8%
9. Clintonville: -6.1%
10. Columbus: -6.8%

Average Sales February 2014
Urban: 60.1
Suburban: 22.9
Urban without Columbus: 12.6

Average % Change February 2014 vs. February 2013
Urban: -1.1%
Suburban: -7.1%
Urban without Columbus: -0.2%

Average YTD Sales Through February 2014
Urban: 120
Suburban: 45.1
Urban without Columbus: 24.4

Average YTD % Change YTD Through February 2014
Urban: +11.8%
Suburban: -9.4%
Urban without Columbus: +13.7%

Top 10 Average Sales Price February 2014
1. New Albany: $641,524
2. Bexley: $460,307
3. Upper Arlington: $378,852
4. Dublin: $334,967
5. Grandview: $318,667
6. Downtown: $302,720
7. German Village: $232,014
8. Worthington: $227,422
9. Westerville: $209,149
10. Hilliard: $199,724

Top 10 Average Sales Price % Change February 2014 vs. February 2013
1. Grandview: +68.6%
2. Pataskala: +47.1%
3. Upper Arlington: +46.5%
4. Bexley: +46.1%
5. Pickerington: +28.6%
6. Westerville: +25.9%
7. Obetz: +25.0%
8. Reynoldsburg: +19.9%
9. Canal Winchester: +17.6%
10. Hilliard: +13.1%

Top 10 Average Sales Prices YTD Through February 2014
1. New Albany: $515,036
2. Bexley: $418,680
3. Upper Arlington: $343,026
4. Dublin: $326,231
5. Downtown: $314,042
6. German Village: $309,343
7. Grandview: $251,136
8. Worthington: $231,133
9. Westerville: $205,636
10. Hilliard: $200,965

Top 10 Average YTD Sales Price % Change Through February 2014 vs. 2013
1. Pataskala: +36.2%
2. Whitehall: +35.5%
3. Bexley: +31.7%
4. Grandview: +26.1%
5. German Village: +22.2%
6. Downtown: +20.0%
7. Pickerington: +18.3%
8. Westerville: +15.8%
9. Canal Winchester: +15.2%
10. Reynoldsburg: +15.1%

Average Sales Price February 2014
Urban: $228,596
Suburban: $235,812
Urban without Columbus: $239,422

Average Sales Price Change February 2014 vs. February 2013
Urban: +15.9%
Suburban: +17.1%
Urban without Columbus: +16.9%

Average Sales Price YTD
Urban: $222,639
Suburban: $220,917
Urban without Columbus: $232,886

Average Sales Price % Change YTD
Urban: +13.0%
Suburban: +13.3%
Urban without Columbus: +13.0%

Top 10 Fastest Selling Markets February 2014 (Based on Average # of Days for Listings to Sell)
1. Grandview: 39
2. Clintonville: 57
3. Obetz: 62
4. Worthington: 70
5. Pataskala: 74
6. Hilliard: 78
7. Upper Arlington: 83
8. Westerville: 88
9. Pickerington: 89
10. Columbus: 91

Top 10 Fastest Selling Markets YTD
1. Worthington: 50
2. Grandview: 58
3. Pickerington: 60
4. Clintonville: 64
5. Obetz: 64
6. Hilliard: 66
7. Whitehall: 66
8. Upper Arlington: 73
9. Gahanna: 85
10. Westerville: 87

Average # of Days Before Sale, February 2014
Urban: 86.2
Suburban: 104.4
Urban without Columbus: 85.7

Average # of Days Before Sale YTD
Urban: 81.1
Suburban: 89.1
Urban without Columbus: 80.4

Top 10 Lowest Market Housing Supplies (Based on # of Months to Sell all Listings)
1. Worthington: 1.0
2. Hilliard: 1.6
3. Upper Arlington: 1.7
4. Westerville: 1.7
5. Clintonville: 1.8
6. Gahanna: 1.9
7. German Village: 1.9
8. Grandview: 2.0
9. Obetz: 2.2
10. Bexley and Dublin: 2.4

A healthy housing supply is considered to be around 5 months. Anything less than 3 months is considered very low.

Average # of Months to Sell All Listings, February 2014
Urban: 2.3
Suburban: 2.9
Urban without Columbus: 2.3

Average % Change of Single-Family Home Sales February 2014 vs. February 2013
Urban: +15.0%
Suburban: -7.7%
Urban without Columbus: +17.0%

Average % Change of Single-Family Home Sales YTD vs. YTD 2013
Urban: +3.0%
Suburban: -10.3%
Urban without Columbus: +4.0%


Average % Change of Condo Sales February 2014 vs. February 2013

Urban: -21.0%
Suburban: +7.0%
Urban without Columbus: -21.8%

Average % Change of Condo Sales YTD vs. YTD 2013
Urban: +20.6%
Suburban: +23.7%
Urban without Columbus: +23.0%

Columbus Area Housing Market- November

November home sales were down in Central Ohio for the 2nd straight month. One main reason seems to be the culprit: There just aren’t enough houses to go around. Hot urban markets simply have a limited stock of homes with very few going up for sale at any one time, and builders still have not been building very much since the recession. Combined, the total number of homes for sale has declined to levels not seen since the early 2000s. This explains why most markets are still seeing gains in home prices while overall sales have fallen from the year before.

The bottom line is that demand is outpacing supply, and that situation doesn’t look to change anytime soon, especially in the urban core.

Here are the stats for the 21 major areas of Franklin County that I look at housing stats for.

Top 10 November 2013 Sales Totals
1. Columbus: 701
2. Dublin: 52
3. Clintonville: 49
4. Gahanna: 38
5. Upper Arlington: 38
6. Hilliard: 36
7. Reynoldsburg: 36
8. Grove City: 35
9. Westerville: 31
10. Canal Winchester: 20

Top 10 November 2013 Sales Increases over November 2012
1. Downtown: +50.0%
2. Grandview Heights: +14.3%
3. Clintonville: +6.5%
4. Hilliard: +5.9%
5. Minerva Park: +0.0%
6. New Albany: +0.0%
7. Obetz: +0.0%
8. Gahanna: -2.6%
9. Reynoldsburg: -5.3%
10. Grove City: -5.4%

Top 10 Year-to-Date Sales Through November 2013
1. Columbus: 9,561
2. Dublin: 747
3. Upper Arlington: 678
4. Clintonville: 656
5. Westerville: 580
6. Grove City: 568
7. Hilliard: 533
8. Gahanna: 494
9. Reynoldsburg: 466
10. Pickerington: 291

Top 10 Year-to-Date Increases Through November 2013 Over 2012
1. Minerva Park: +46.2%
2. Pataskala: +31.3%
3. Gahanna: +30.3%
4. Reynoldsburg: +28.0%
5. Whitehall: +27.3%
6. Hilliard: +27.2%
7. Clintonville: +24.2%
8. Grove City: +23.7%
9. Westerville: +23.4%
10. Bexley: +22.5%
10. Downtown: +22.5%

Average Sales November 2013
Urban: 79
Suburban: 28.7
Urban without Columbus: 16.8

Average % Change November 2013 vs. November 2012
Urban: -7.1%
Suburban: -11.6%
Urban without Columbus: -6.5%

Average YTD Sales Through November 2013
Urban: 1,097.7
Suburban: 435.9
Urban without Columbus: 251.4

Average YTD % Change YTD Through November 2013
Urban: +14.9%
Suburban: +19.9%
Urban without Columbus: +14.4%

Top 10 Average Sales Price November 2013
1. New Albany: $614,687
2. Bexley: $456,365
3. Dublin: $344,341
4. Upper Arlington: $326,913
5. Downtown: $302,464
6. Worthington: $296,328
7. German Village: $271,656
8. Grandview Heights: $257,001
9. Pataskala: $196,158
10. Hilliard: $193,756

Top 10 Average Sales Price % Change November 2013 Over November 2012
1. Worthington: +59.6%
2. Pataskala: +38.0%
3. Downtown: +36.7%
4. Bexley: +32.5%
5. Obetz: +30.8%
6. New Albany: +28.6%
7. Dublin: +21.6%
8. Whitehall: +10.1%
9. Minerva Park: +10.0%
10. Pickerington: +10.0%

Top 10 Average Sales Prices YTD Through November 2013
1. New Albany: $541,931
2. Upper Arlington: $364,369
3. Bexley: $351,282
4. Dublin: $335,164
5. German Village: $297,832
6. Downtown: $286,470
7. Worthington: $249,979
8. Grandview Heights: $226,458
9. Hilliard: $215,966
10. Gahanna: $198,612

Top 10 Average YTD Sales Price % Change Through November 2013 vs. 2012
1. Whitehall: +17.2%
2. Minerva Park: +17.1%
3. Downtown: +15.5%
4. Upper Arlington: +13.0%
5. Obetz: +12.3%
6. Gahanna: +11.6%
7. Reynoldsburg: +8.5%
8. New Albany: +8.3%
9. Worthington: +8.1%
10. Bexley: +4.9%

Average Sales Price November 2013
Urban: $227,811
Suburban: $229,942
Urban without Columbus: $238,166

Average Sales Price Change November 2012 vs. November 2012
Urban: +12.5%
Suburban: +6.0%
Urban without Columbus: +13.7%

Average Sales Price YTD
Urban: $217,072
Suburban: $223,394
Urban without Columbus: $226,041

Average Sales Price % Change YTD
Urban: +6.3%
Suburban: +4.9%
Urban without Columbus: +6.6%

Top 10 Fastest Selling Markets November 2013 (Based on Average # of Days for Listings to Sell)
1. Grandview Heights: 15
2. Westerville: 38
3. Clintonville: 40
4. Upper Arlington: 44
5. Hilliard: 47
6. Bexley: 49
7. Worthington: 57
8. Whitehall: 61
9. Dublin: 62
10. Minerva Park: 65
10. Obetz: 65

Top 10 Fastest Selling Markets YTD
1. Worthington: 40
2. Grandview Heights: 44
3. Upper Arlington: 45
4. Clintonville: 50
5. Westerville: 52
6. Hilliard: 54
7. Bexley: 58
8. Gahanna: 59
9. Dublin: 62
10. Grove City: 64

Average # of Days Before Sale, November 2013
Urban: 57.4
Suburban: 89.4
Urban without Columbus: 56.3

Average # of Days Before Sale YTD
Urban: 60.6
Suburban: 62.7
Urban without Columbus: 60.2

Top 10 Lowest Market Housing Supplies (Based on # of Months to Sell all Listings)
1. Worthington: 1.6
2. Upper Arlington: 2.1
3. Hilliard: 2.2
4. Minerva Park: 2.2
5. Bexley: 2.3
6. Clintonville: 2.4
7. Westerville: 2.4
8. Gahanna: 2.6
9. German Village: 2.6
10. Grandview Heights: 2.6

A healthy housing supply is considered to be around 5 months. Anything less than 3 months is considered very low. All of the 21 areas I looked at were below 5 months, indicating a county-wide shortage.

Average # of Months to Sell All Listings, November 2013
Urban: 2.8
Suburban: 3.6
Urban without Columbus: 2.7

Average % Change of Single-Family Home Sales November 2013 vs. November 2012
Urban: -1.7%
Suburban: -12.6%
Urban without Columbus: -0.5%

Average % Change of Single-Family Home Sales YTD vs. YTD 2012
Urban: +9.3%
Suburban: +19.4%
Urban without Columbus: +8.2%


Average % Change of Condo Sales November 2013 vs. November 2012

Urban: +23.3%
Suburban: +52.8%
Urban without Columbus: +26.6%

Average % Change of Condo Sales YTD vs. YTD 2012
Urban: +27.6%
Suburban: +26.4%
Urban without Columbus: +28.3%