Kansas home sales fell by 22.7% percent in September, compared to September 2009, according to figures released Tuesday by the Kansas Association of Realtors.
Sales totaled 2,138 units in September, down from 2,765 units in 2009. In comparison, sales on a national level decreased 19.1% for the month.
There were 21,148 active listings at the end of the month in Kansas. The supply of homes on the market, determined by taking the number of active listings and dividing it by the number of sales, was 9.9 months.
"The year-to-date numbers through September show we are only 2.4 percent behind where we were at the end of September last year, even though this September is not good compared to last," said Brian Jones, KAR president and broker/owner of Jones Heritage Realtors in Pittsburg.
"We are convinced that without the homebuyer tax credit program being made available during the first part of 2010, we would see fewer people buying homes and taking advantage of the incredibly low interest rates ..."
The statewide average sale price last month was $151,383, compared to $150,788 in September 2009, an increase of 0.4%. The statewide median sale price last month was $133,000 compared to $139,250 for the same period last year.