The Louisville Home Market Recovers!

The Louisville Housing Market strengthened again during the month of June! The number of homes going under contract last month increased 21.4 % over June 2011. The number of Louisville homes actually closing in June of 2012 compared to June 2011 was up 6.5%. But there was an unusual trend in this just released data from the Greater Louisville Association of Realtors. 

Examine the number of Louisville homes actually closing in June 2012 and compare it to the number of Louisville homes going under contract the month before and you notice 28% have not closed. That means more than a quarter of the homes going under contract have not closed and that is a trend worth looking into.  

The first problem is funding. Pitt and Frank Real estate attorney Kevin Distler says “banks are scared of making even the smallest mistakes”. That’s true because in years past a bank would make sure that every “I” was dotted and  every “T” was crossed. In today’s economic world many banks have added a crosscheck of every comma and period.  That’s because if there is even one small item missing or incorrect the bank may be forced to buy back the loan after they’ve already sold it to a larger banking institution. Buying back one loan for a small mortgage company could force the company to close their doors.

Loan officer Kathryn Rutherford with Caliber Funding in Louisville points to  short sales taking longer to close and the Kentucky Derby as being fact in delaying closings. Because of Derby week activities, buyers of homes were slow to produce documents needed for loan officers to submit packages to underwriters.

Loan officer Jim Sims with Century Mortgage in Louisville agrees with Kathryn and adds that “as few as 14% of all short sales actually close”. The reason for that small percentage points directly back at the banks holding the mortgages. Though a number of banks claim to be making it easier for someone to buy a short sale, the truth is, the time it takes to get the short sell approved has not changed. One of the short sales we’re currently with has been delayed for months as the bank holding the mortgage cross checks documentation from our sellers.  

But both Jim and Kathryn agree there is another problem looming. Sellers have reduced their price on homes over the past year, but  inspectors are still finding some problems with homes and  in some cases sellers are less willing to pay for repairs so the deal falls apart.

Our medley Sokoler team has seen that happen a number of times in the past few months. We put 31 homes under contract in the month of June, but that number could have been in excess of 36 homes had all the contracts written gone through.

 The bottom line is home sales are increasing, a market is coming back, interest rates remain an all-time low but buyers and sellers are still being put through hoops. That’s better than where we were two years.

Homes Under Contract

Homes Sold and Closed

Average Selling Price

Average Days On Market

Median Sales Price

June  2012






June  2011






May  2012