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First Quarter 2016: Low Inventory Continues to Shape Indiana Housing Market

Indiana Realtors report that the state’s housing market is off to a relatively strong start in 2016, with 77 percent of survey respondents reporting that the level of buyer traffic in January was either average or stronger than average—a slight increase over this same period in 2015. Similarly, positive reports on pending sales in January are also improved a bit year-over-year. A majority of Realtors expect home sales to stay strong over the next three to six months.

While buyer traffic is healthy in most areas, the inventory of homes for sale continues to lag. Referring to the month of January, 52 percent of Realtors stated that the level of seller traffic was weaker than average. This marks the first time in the eight editions of this survey that more than half of respondents indicated that inventory was lower than normal.

Given these tight conditions, it is little surprise that 60 percent of Realtors see a seller’s market in effect for the next few months and that 56 percent expect to see prices continue to climb through the spring.

Note: This survey is conducted by the Indiana Association of REALTORS® and the Indiana Business Research Center. All survey respondents are members of the Indiana Association of REALTORS®. View the archives page to access other releases.

Survey Results

How would you characterize the level of buyer traffic for single-family homes over the past 30 days?

N=635

Values above 50 indicate traffic is viewed as stronger than average.

How would you characterize the level of seller traffic for listing single-family homes over the past 30 days?

N=634

Values above 50 indicate traffic is viewed as stronger than average.

Compared to one year ago, is your number of pending sales:

N=634

Values above 50 indicate pending sales are higher.

Over the past 30 days, is the time for a home staying on the market until it is sold:

N=633

Values above 50 indicate length of time is increasing.

Over the next 3 to 6 months, do you think that single-family home prices will:

N=615

Values above 50 indicate prices are expected to increase.

Over the next 3 to 6 months, do you think that single-family home sales volume will be:

N=616

Values above 50 indicate volume is expected to be strong for the time of year. (Note: Question wording changed in 2014 Q4.)

Over the next 3 to 6 months, do you see the market:

N=614

Values above 50 indicate the market is expected to improve for buyers.

What do you think are the most important factors driving the residential real estate market currently and/or in the future?

N=527