The housing market in Leavenworth County appears stronger compared to a year ago, though the county's appraiser cautioned reading too much into some numbers.
Bob Weber told the Leavenworth County Commission during a quarterly report Thursday that there have been 594 homes sold in the first half of this year.
“The number of sales has gone up some,” he said.
That number beats totals recorded over the same period in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Compared to totals even farther back, before the partial collapse of the housing market, however, the total still seems somewhat sluggish ― the average number of sales in the first half of the last 15 years is 845.
Fewer of the sales this year, Weber said, were on foreclosed homes in the county ― a total of 20 percent, compared to 25 percent over the same period a year before.
There have also been 83 building permits for new homes in the first half of the year.
“The increase has been down in the Basehor area,” primarily, Weber said.
That is a significant increase over the last few years ― there were 36 permits issued in the first half of 2010, 57 through June 2011 and 21 in the first six months of last year.
The prices all homes are selling for has also increased this year. Average sale prices on new homes jumped from $243,588 in 2012 to $246,845 in 2013, while average sale prices on existing homes went from $145,747 in 2012 to $158,637 this year. Combined, the average sale price on all homes is $168,087. The average was $153,646 last year and $160,125 the year before.
“It was down quite a bit last year,” he said. “It's up this year.”
However, Weber cautioned the commission against reading too much into those numbers.
“These are averages, and you can't do a trend by comparing the average one year to the average the next,” Weber said. “Because they are an average of what's sold. Last year we had higher amount of foreclosed homes.”