It didn’t take long for Columbus to be named one of the “hottest” housing markets once again! The latest projection comes from Zillow, which expects Columbus to be the third-hottest real estate market in the U.S. during 2024, second only to Buffalo and Cincinnati.

Zillow ranked U.S. housing markets according to expected gains in home values, along with the projected speed of home sales, and new construction activity. Job growth and the ratio of owner-occupied vs. renter-occupied homes were also factored in.

Columbus has been dubbed a “hot” housing market on many occasions. The latest title comes as no surprise to Columbus home buyers who have seen home prices steadily increase year-over-year. According to Rocket Homes, the median sold price of a Columbus home was $274,842 during December 2023, which is a 7.8% increase over the median sold price of December 2022.

A hot housing market is beneficial to current homeowners, who are seeing their equity rise by leaps and bounds. But a too-hot market can potentially stifle economic growth. This is a point raised in a recent article by Columbus Business First, which said that a lack of affordable housing – or a lack of housing, period – can prevent new residents from moving in, and filling job openings. As older residents retire, we need an influx of working-age residents to keep businesses operating and our economy humming. However, that new workforce needs somewhere to live.

So far, most real estate economists expect housing inventory to improve during 2024. What must be acknowledged is that inventory levels have been below normal for years. It will take year-over-year improvements in home inventory levels to ease the pressure on home prices. In the meantime, Columbus home buyers need to be ready for another competitive market in 2024.

As Exclusive Buyer’s Brokers, we serve your best interests at all times! Unlike real estate agents and brokerages who represent sellers, as an Exclusive Buyer’s Broker, we only represent you, the buyer, getting you the best price and terms with no conflict of interest at all times.

Understanding this distinction could literally save you thousands of dollars not only on the purchase price and terms, but also on seller concessions and home inspection issues, whether you are a first-time homebuyer or an experienced homeowner!

Contact us with your home buying questions! Remember, we are with you every step of the way…all the way home!

Andrew Show
Exclusive Buyer’s Broker, CEBA-M, MCNE, CSP, PSA,e-PRO, CREM, ABRM, AHWD
Buyer’s Resource Realty Services
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