Home-sale agreements in the nine-county Indianapolis area rose just 1.2 percent in March after the local housing market reported much healthier increases for the first two months of the year.
Purchase agreements for existing homes totaled 2,516 in March, up slightly from 2,486 in the same month a year earlier, Indianapolis-based real estate agency F.C. Tucker Co. Inc. said Friday morning.
That followed a 17.2-percent surge in January and an 8.1-percent jump in February. For the quarter, sale agreements were up 13.1 percent.
Pending home sales totaled 1,112 in Marion County last month, up 1.6 percent from March 2012.
In Hamilton County, purchase agreements climbed just 1.3 percent, to 557, but in Johnson County, agreements shot up 23.4 percent, to 216.
Agreements fell 6.5 percent in Hendricks County, to 203.
Sale prices increased faster than agreements.
Average prices in the quarter rose 5.2 percent, to $146,896, in the area compared with the same period last year..
In Hamilton County, the average rose 2.6 percent, to $232,445. In Marion County, the average increased 9 percent, to $114,388.
In March, six pending sales were between $1 million and $2 million; 55 fell in the range of $500,000 to $1 million; and 213 pended at $300,000.