Home Sales

Central Indiana home sales continue to trail 2013

August 18, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Home-sale agreements declined 13.8 percent in the nine-county area in July, the 11th straight month deals have decreased.
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Area homebuilding permit filings down in July

August 13, 2014
Permit filings for home construction in central Indiana fell 5 percent last month, the first decline the market has seen since January.
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Second city Land Bank defendant pleads guilty

August 6, 2014
Cory Schouten
A second defendant in an alleged kickback scheme involving the Indy Land Bank has pleaded guilty, and a judge has moved a trial for three remaining defendants to early 2015.
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Contracts to buy homes decrease nationally

July 28, 2014
Associated Press
Sales have been slowed by a mix of meager wage growth, rising home prices, and mortgage rates that rose steadily through the end of last year.
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Indy home sales likely slowing to 'new normal'

July 16, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Home-sale agreements tumbled 14.9 percent in the nine-county Indianapolis area in June, the tenth straight month deals have decreased, according to F.C. Tucker Co.
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Study: U.S. millennials buying homes later in life

July 15, 2014
Associated Press
The number of first-time homebuyers in May was near record lows at 27 percent, versus a historic average of 40 percent.
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Home buyer tastes have shifted since housing bust

June 28, 2014
Scott Olson
Old standbys are have been replaced by new features and colors. The changes range from rooms to styles.
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At-Home Quarterly Marketplace

June 28, 2014
See the prices Indianapolis-area houses are selling for along with the most expensive recent sale, and a map of where people born out of state are most likely to live.
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Sales of U.S. existing homes up 4.9 percent in May

June 23, 2014
Associated Press
Sales of previously owned U.S. homes posted the best monthly gain in nearly three years in May, providing hope that housing is beginning to regain momentum lost over the past year.
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Area home-construction permit filings flatten out

June 17, 2014
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Homebuilders filed 530 single-family building permits in the metro area in May. That’s exactly the same number of permits that were filed in May 2013. Local construction numbers were better than national figures.
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Existing home sales continue dismaying trend

June 16, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Figures for May add to evidence that about 14 percent fewer homes are selling this year in the nine-county area compared with the same point in 2013. But sale prices still are on the rise.
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Existing-home sales sink for eighth straight month

May 14, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Home-sale agreements dropped nearly 20 percent in the nine-county Indianapolis area in April. Home prices continued to rise as inventories shrank.
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Sales of U.S. existing homes sink to 20-month low

April 22, 2014
Associated Press
The sharpest sales increase occurred among homes priced at $1 million or above. Sales fell in nearly every other price group.
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Existing-home sales slide for seventh straight month

April 16, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Home prices rose, however, as inventory dwindled. The average area home price in March was $161,191, an increase of 6.1 percent compared with the same month of 2013.
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Expensive homes selling quickly in Indianapolis areaRestricted Content

March 29, 2014
Pricier houses are vanishing from the market faster than less-expensive homes due to a temporary bottleneck caused by rising demand and a slow recovery by builders.
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Home-sale agreements continue disappointing trend

March 17, 2014
Pending home sales in the nine-county area slid 22.8 percent in February compared with the year-ago period. That was only a slight improvement from the 31-percent fall recorded in January.
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Central Indiana home sales start year on chilly note

February 17, 2014
Scott Olson
Home-sale agreements plummeted 31 percent in January, likely due to the record snowfalls and cold temperatures.
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Lilly Endowment awards $6.3M to Indy housing group

January 20, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership will use the funds to help qualified residents purchase homes and revitalize their neighborhoods.
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Strong year for home sales ends on 4-month skid

January 14, 2014
Mason King
Home-sale agreements in central Indiana plummeted 18.6 percent in December, as the market continued a downward trend.
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Homebuilders see second straight drop in permit filings

December 17, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Despite the monthly decline, year-to-date permit filings are up 18 percent over 2012. This year's number through 11 months has already exceeded 2012's full-year total.
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Area home sales fall for third straight month

December 16, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Although area sales of existing homes are up 15.4 percent through the first 11 months of the year, the trend has reversed in recent months. Year-over-year sales have fallen in four of the last five months.
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Indianapolis-area home sales take nosedive

November 14, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Although area sales are up 16 percent through the first 10 months of the year, the trend has slammed into reverse in recent months amid higher mortgage rates and tighter inventories.
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Tireless agent Bif Ward closing in on $1B milestoneRestricted Content

November 2, 2013
Scott Olson
For 34 years, Ward has been selling homes in the Indianapolis area, often to the city’s elite, racking up 12-hour days during her busiest times.
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Area home sales show signs of cooling off

October 14, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Home-sale agreements in central Indiana fell for the second time in three months in September amid higher mortgage rates and tighter inventories.
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Boomers face downsizing dilemma in IndianapolisRestricted Content

September 28, 2013
Norm Heikens
Changing tastes, economic uncertainty could crimp sale prices for boomers wanting to move into smaller quarters.
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  2. Lafayette Square, Washington Square should be turned into office parks with office buildings, conversion, no access to the public at all. They should not be shopping malls and should be under tight security and used for professional offices instead of havens for crime. Their only useage is to do this or tear them down and replace them with high rise office parks with secured parking lots so that the crime in the areas is not allowed in. These are prime properties, but must be reused for other uses, professional office conversions with no loitering and no shopping makes sense, otherwise they have become hangouts long ago for gangs, groups of people who have no intent of spending money, and are only there for trouble and possibly crime, shoplifting, etc. I worked summers at SuperX Drugs in Lafayette Square in the 1970s and even then the shrinkage from shoplifting was 10-15 percent. No sense having shopping malls in these areas, they earn no revenue, attract crime, and are a blight on the city. All malls that are not of use should be repurposed or torn down by the city, condemned. One possibility would be to repourpose them as inside college campuses or as community centers, but then again, if the community is high crime, why bother.

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  5. Gary, I'm in complete agreement. The private entity should be required to pay IPL, and, if City parking meters are involved, the parking meter company. I was just pointing out how the poorly-structured parking meter deal affected the car share deal.

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