Market Watch

Central Indiana residential real estate market has a dynamic December

Seller’s market projected to continue well into 2021 as inventory continues to decline and prices climb

INDIANAPOLIS – Central Indiana residential real estate continued to experience an unprecedented seller’s market as the year 2020 came to a close. Monthly real estate statistics from F.C. Tucker Company revealed a 49.8 percent decrease in central Indiana’s housing inventory compared to December 2019.
  • The average December home sale price for the 16-county central Indiana region was $254,522, an increase of 17.1 percent.
  • The year-to-date average home sale price increased by 11.4 percent, to $251,265.
  • Available housing inventory dropped 49.8 percent compared to December 2019.
  • Pended home sales increased 20.6 percent compared to this time last year.
In December 2020, 2,595 central Indiana homes were purchased, up 20.6 percent from the 2,152 sold in December 2019. Specifically:
  • Jackson County showed the greatest increase in the number of homes sold with 95 percent growth, compared to December 2019.
  • Brown County pended sales, however, had the greatest decrease with 42.9 percent fewer homes sold in December 2020 compared to December 2019.
Year-to-date home sale prices continued their upward climb:
  • Brown County recorded the highest average year-to-date home sale price increase at 21.6 percent compared to December 2019.
  • Boone County had the highest average year-to-date home sale price in the region at $373,674.
  • Homes sold in 32 days on average, 15.8 percent faster than year-to-date 2019. Decatur County homes left the market 15 days faster than this time last year – the greatest decrease of the 16-county central Indiana area.
Central Indiana experienced a 49.8 percent decrease in home inventory in December 2020. That represents 2,615 fewer homes available for sale than in December 2019. Every county saw home inventory decreases, and all but two counties in the 16-county area saw inventory decreases of 40.7 percent or higher.
  • Jennings County had the lowest inventory decrease – 17.9 percent – compared to December 2019.
  • Brown County inventory decreased the most significantly in central Indiana – 71.3 percent – compared to this time last year.
“The December holiday season had no effect on the dynamic central Indiana residential real estate market we experienced most of last year,” said Jim Litten, CEO of F.C. Tucker Company. “The year 2020 was unlike anything I have ever seen in my almost 50 years in real estate, and I expect this strong seller’s market to continue well into the first half of 2021.” Of the pended home sales in the region last month, 1 was priced $2,000,000 or higher; 20 were priced $1,000,000 to $1,999,999; 157 were priced $500,000 to $999,999; 512 were priced $300,000 to $499,999;    719 were priced $200,000 to $299,999; 896 were priced $100,000 to $199,999; and 290 were priced at $99,999 or less.

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