Central Ohio home sales again outpaced last year for the fifth consecutive year, with Realtors reporting a record 27,493 residential homes sold in 2005, according to the Columbus Board of Realtors. This represents an increase of 3.1 percent from the 26,660-plus homes sold in 2004, the board reported. The average sale price of $177,978 in 2005 showed a 4.4 percent increase over 2004 prices. When looking at the last five years, homes have appreciated 18.5 percent. "That means a home purchased in 2000 for $150,000 is now worth $183,796," said CBR's 2006 President Chris Reese. "Keep in mind this is an average and everyone's home will not appreciate at the same rate. Still, the argument that real estate is an excellent investment is evidenced by such a strong and continuous increase in value....
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