Rising interest rates especially challenging for first-time buyers


Submitted by Columbus Realtors



COLUMBUS — Rising interest rates, lack of available homes and a decade of underbuilding are taking their toll on central Ohio housing activity as home sales have slowed in 2022 compared to the record-breaking pace set in 2021.

Thus far in 2002 (January through April), buyers are purchasing 80 percent of the homes available, down from 83.2 percent in 2021, leaving inventory 11.6 percent higher than last spring, but still well short of the inventory we need to meet the demand of our growing region.

The average 30-year fixed rate for a mortgage is now over five percent, up from just over three percent late last year and the highest since 2009.

“Even though we have more homes for sale today than a year ago, rising interest rates are preventing some buyers from making a move right now,” said Sue Van Woerkom, 2022 president of Columbus REALTORS®.

“For every one percent increase in interest rates, your buying power decreases by about 10-11 percent. And this is especially challenging for first-time home buyers.”

The average age of a first-time home buyer in central Ohio today is 31 years old and they purchase 38 percent of the homes sold.

Statewide, first-time buyers today tend to be 35 years old and represent 37 percent of Ohio sales, Nationally, this home buying segment is 33 years old, purchasing 34 percent of the homes sold.

The median price of a home sold in central Ohio this year ($270,419) marks a 12.7 percent gain compared to the price of homes sold during the first four months of 2021.

The median price a first-time home buyer is paying in central Ohio is around $218,000.

About: Columbus REALTORS® is comprised of almost 10,000 real estate professionals engaged in residential sales and leasing, commercial sales and leasing, property management, appraisal, consultation, real estate syndication, land development and more.

ne 2021) and 2009 Buyer Seller Survey (based on home sales July 2008 – June 2009).

Submitted by Columbus Realtors