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July 2017

Housing Market Positive Trends Continue into Second Half of the Year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (August 7, 2017) – There were 3,872 closings reported for the month of July, according to figures provided by Greater Nashville REALTORS®. This represents an increase of 4.5 percent over the 3,705 closings reported for July 2016.

Year-to-date closings total 23,365. That is a 5.5 percent increase compared to the 22,157 closings reported through July 2016.

“Median home price is up again compared to the same month last year. As supply and demand continue to be at odds, prices can be expected to continue to rise,” said Greater Nashville REALTORS® President Scott Troxel. “However, median price is down from last month.

“It’s far too soon to tell if the drop in median price from June to July is evidence of a trend. It’s very likely there were proportionally more ‘starter’ homes sold in July than the number of starter homes sold in June. My experience is that different sectors of the market are more engaged and less-engaged at different times of the year.”

A comparison of sales by category for July is:

2016 2017   
CLOSINGS  3,705 3,872
Residential 3,146 3,248
Condominium 388 439
Multi-Family 20 22
Farms/Land/Lots 151 163

There were 3,887 properties under contract at the end of the month, compared to the 3,426 properties under contract at this time last year. The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 25 days.

The median residential price for a single-family home during July was $288,243 and for a condominium it was $203,000. This compares with last year’s median residential and condominium prices of $267,000 and $189,986, respectively.

Active inventory at the end of July was 9,151, down from 10,133 in 2016. The current inventory of properties by category, compared to last year, is:  The current inventory of properties by category, compared to last year, is:

2016 2017   
INVENTORY 10,133 9,151
Residential 6,522 6,177
Condominium 577 513
Multi-Family 86 67
Farms/Land/Lots 2,948 2,394

“Affordability is a serious issue, but it’s not the sole issue affecting our housing market,” said Troxel. “It’s imperative we as residents, Realtors, businesses and a community work together to find solutions for matters like transit and continue to support our education systems.

“Greater Nashville REALTORS® is actively participating in all of these areas, advocating for both the business and the homeowner side of the housing industry. These items impact our housing market and we all want Middle Tennessee to continue to be a place individuals, families and businesses want to call home.”

June 2017

Strongest Second Quarter on Record for Nashville Area Housing Market

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 7, 2017) – There were 3,887 homes sold in the month of June, according to figures provided by Greater Nashville REALTORS®. That figure is up 0.4 percent compared to the 3,869 closings reported for June 2016.

Second-quarter closings are 11,155, a 2.8 percent increase from the 10,851 closings reported through the second quarter of 2016. Year-to-date closings for Greater Nashville are up 5.6 percent with 19,493 closings compared to the 18,452 closings reported through midyear 2016.

“The second quarter was our housing market’s strongest on record,” said Greater Nashville REALTORS® President Scott Troxel. “The last time our market performed this well in the second quarter was 2006, with 11,046 closings. We’re a few units short of being ahead of midyear 2006, but with half a year left for sales, I suspect we’ll come close to the 2006 record of more than 40,000 annual closings.

“Closings for the month of June were virtually flat. This is no surprise given the current disparity between supply and demand in the market.”

A comparison of sales by category for June is:

 

2016 2017   
CLOSINGS 3,869 3,887
Residential 3,188 3,887
Condominium 470 418
Multi-Family 33 18
Farms/Land/Lots 178 188

A comparison of sales by category for the second quarter is:

2016 2017  
CLOSINGS 10,851 11,155
Residential 8,948 9,210
Condominium 1,238 1,234
Multi-Family 74 85
Farms/Land/Lots 591 626

A comparison of year-to-date sales by category for mid-year is:

2016 2017  
CLOSINGS 18,452 19,493
Residential 15,244 15,975
Condominium 2,069 2,230
Multi-Family 143 177
Farms/Land/Lots 996 1111

The median residential price for a single-family home during June was $293,753, and for a condominium it was $199,350. Last year’s median residential and condominium prices for June were $260,148 and $186,495, respectively.

There were 3,914 properties under contract at the end of June, compared with 3,863 at this time last year. The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 25 days.

Inventory at the end of June was 8,842, down from 9,865 in June 2016. The current inventory of properties by category, compared to last year, is:

2016 2017   
INVENTORY 9,865 8,842
Residential 6,288 5,859
Condominium 542 507
Multi-Family 87 62
Farms/Land/Lots 2,948 2,414

“The data for June and second quarter home sales prove our market has the necessary stamina to continue forward,” said Troxel. “Even with challenges, buyer demand is still strong and homeownership remains a priority for many of our residents. Working with a Realtor who brings knowledge, experience and professionalism to the transaction helps to remove any anxiety a buyer or seller may have about finding success in one of the country’s most thriving markets.”

May 2017

Best May on Record for Middle Tennessee Housing Market

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 7, 2017) – There were 3,943 closings reported for the month of May, according to figures provided by Greater Nashville REALTORS®. This represents an increase of 6.6 percent over the 3,698 closings reported for May 2016.

Year-to-date closings total 15,606. That is a 7 percent increase compared to the 14,583 closings reported through May 2016.

“Greater Nashville made May a record-setting month by continuing year-over-year sales gains,” said Greater Nashville REALTORS President Scott Troxel. “In spite of the low supply levels, Middle Tennessee joins the majority of the country in experiencing healthy market trends.

“The National Association of Realtors predicts an overall annual increase in home sales of 3.5 percent. Last year, locally we experienced an annual increase of 5.6 percent over 2015; based on current pacing, I expect we will see somewhere between the estimated national prediction and the five percent increase we saw last year.”
A comparison of sales by category for May is:

2016 2017   
CLOSINGS 3,698 3,943
Residential 3,065 3,221
Condominium 403 461
Multi-Family 25 29
Farms/Land/Lots 205 232

There were 3,540 properties under contract at the end of the month, compared to the 3,730 properties under contract at this time last year. The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 27 days.

The median residential price for a single-family home during May was $279,142 and for a condominium it was $205,000. This compares with last year’s median residential and condominium prices of $258,900 and $194,000, respectively.

Active inventory at the end of May was 8,557, down from 9,623 in 2016. The current inventory of properties by category, compared to last year, is:

2016 2017   
INVENTORY 9,623 8,557
Residential 6,048 5,580
Condominium 524 504
Multi-Family 83 54
Farms/Land/Lots 2,968 2,419

“The addition of large companies like Ikea and the abundant positive media Nashville is receiving from the Predators place in the Stanley Cup Finals continue to push our region to the forefront of places where people and businesses want to be.

“The desire for homeownership is not going away,” said Troxel. “Greater Nashville REALTORS is committed to homeownership being an option for all. From being part of conversations about increased affordable housing and the need for transit to the recent completion of our 21st Habitat for Humanity home build last month, we are active in the complete picture of what is valuable and critical to housing in Middle Tennessee.”

April 2017

Housing Market Shows Signs of Evening Out in April

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 8, 2017) – There were 3,325 home closings reported for the month of April, according to figures provided by the Greater Nashville REALTORS®. This represents an increase of 1.3 percent from the 3,284 closings reported for April 2016.
Year-to-date closings total 11,663. That is a 7.1 percent increase compared to the 10,885 closings reported through April 2016.

“The second quarter of home sales, which is typically one of the strongest, started with positive gains,” said Scott Troxel, Greater Nashville REALTORS President. “Year-to-date sales are up by almost one thousand units, making it likely we will see 40,000 or more closings this year, something we haven’t seen since 2006.

“While year-over-year sales were up for the month of April, there was a slowing down from the previous month,” said Troxel. “The struggle between low inventory and rising sales is beginning to even out. While supply is increasing, it has a way to go still to meet up with buyer demand. All indicators show we will continue to have growth in our market at a more even pace.”
A comparison of sales by category for April is:

2016 2017   
CLOSINGS 3,284 3,325
Residential 2,695 2,726
Condominium 365 355
Multi-Family 16 38
Farms/Land/Lots 208 206

There were 3,540 sales pending at the end of the month, compared to the 3,198 pending sales at this time last year. The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 47 days.

The median residential price for a single-family home during April was $275,000 and for a condominium it was $195,255. This compares with last year’s median residential and condominium prices of $250,000 and $193,473, respectively.

Inventory at the end of April was 11,062, down from 12,244 in 2016. The current inventory of properties by category, compared to last year, is:

2016 2017   
INVENTORY 12,244 11,062
Residential 8,318 7,605
Condominium 771 763
Multi-Family 96 62
Farms/Land/Lots 3,059 2,632

“The increase in year-over-year home sales for April was slightly lower than the gains we’ve seen the in the past several months. This dip is not a decline in the desire for homeownership. In fact, it’s the market catching up with itself,” said Troxel. “Achieving double-digit gains each month compared to the prior year in nearly impossible to sustain without a matching growth in inventory. Smaller, steady gains are more desirable and contribute to a long-term healthier market.”

March 2017

Middle Tennessee Home Sales See Strong Spring Start in March

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (April 7, 2017) – There were 3,420 home closings reported for the month of March, according to figures provided by Greater Nashville REALTORS®. This figure represents an 8.9 percent increase compared to the 3,141 closings in March 2016.Data for the first quarter of 2017 showed 8,338 closings, up 9.7 percent from the 7,601 closings during the first quarter of 2016.

“March was a very strong month for our region’s housing market with sales up almost 9 percent,” said Greater Nashville REALTORS® President Scott Troxel. “We were exactly 96 units short of tying the mark for the best March on record, which is March 2006. A stronger economy and growing consumer confidence enable our region to continue to experience positive growth that rivals our market’s best years.”

“Mortgage interest rates have risen slightly in the past month, which can nudge potential buyers to act more quickly,” said Troxel. “Interest rates are very important for homebuyers and they get that. The rate can begin to impact whether a buyer can qualify for the home they want. Locking in at the lowest interest rate is a motivating factor for many buyers.”

A comparison of sales by category for March is:

2016 2017   
CLOSINGS  3,141 3,420
Residential 2,519 2,783
Condominium 344 397
Multi-Family 24 26
Farms/Land/Lots 182 214

A comparison of sales by category for the first quarter year to date is:

2016 2017   
CLOSINGS  7,601 8,338
Residential 6,269 6,765
Condominium 831 996
Multi-Family 69 92
Farms/Land/Lots 405 485

There were 3,602 sales pending at the end of March, compared with 3,285 pending sales at this time last year. The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 50 days.

The median residential price for a single-family home during March was $273,500 and for a condominium it was $199,900. This compares with last year’s median residential and condominium prices of $245,000 and $181,894, respectively.

Inventory at the end of March was 10,710, down from 11,951 in March 2016. The current inventory of properties by category, compared to last year, is:. The current inventory of properties by category, compared to last year, is:

2016 2017   
INVENTORY 11,951 10,710
Residential 7,926 7,276
Condominium 773 694
Multi-Family 84 77
Farms/Land/Lots 3,168 2,663

“April is Fair Housing Month, and as Realtors, we strive to help all who desire to own a home to become a homeowner. We are advocates for all current and future homeowners, and we will continue working to ensure housing is available to all,” said Troxel.

February 2017

Warmer Temperatures Contribute to Early Spring for Middle Tennessee Real Estate Market

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (March 7, 2017) – There were 2,507 home closings reported for the month of February, according to data provided by Greater Nashville REALTORS®.

This represents an increase of 9.3 percent from the 2,293 closings reported in February 2016. Year-to-date closings through February 2017 are 4,918, a 10.3 percent increase from the 4,460 closings reported through February 2016.

“Spring is in the air and in the real estate market,” said Greater Nashville REALTORS President Scott Troxel. “A few days of warmer temperatures helped our region finish strong in February, closing over 2,500 units. We saw a year-over-year increase in all categories, with the largest coming in the multi-family sector.

“Recent announcements regarding economic growth from companies like Mars Petcare, LG and SmileDirect will only to continue to drive our market upward,” said Troxel.

A comparison of sales by category for February is:

2016 2017   
CLOSINGS  2,293 2,507
Residential 1,891 2,038
Condominium 270 286
Multi-Family 18 39
Farms/Land/Lots 114 144

There were 2,899 sales pending at the end of the month, compared with 2,735 pending sales at this time last year. The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 54 days.

The median residential price for a single-family home during February was $258,950, and for a condominium, it was $192,400. This compares with median residential and condominium prices of $235,000 and $174,380, respectively, at this time last year.

Inventory at the end of February was 10,372, down from 11,677 in February 2016. The current inventory of properties by category, compared to last year, is:

2016 2017   
INVENTORY 11,677 10,372
Residential 7,707 6,910
Condominium 755 654
Multi-Family 96 76
Farms/Land/Lots 3,119 2,732

“We typically compare statistics year-over-year, and our inventory is down from 2016. However, the single-family market did pick up in inventory between this past January and February,” said Troxel. “While we still have a way to go to restock our inventory levels, any gain in inventory is good news. This gives buyers more options and alleviates some of the pressure on home prices.”

January 2017

Best January on Record for Middle Tennessee Housing Market

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 7, 2017) – There were 2,411 home closings reported for the month of January, according to figures provided by Greater Nashville REALTORS®. This figure is up 11.2 percent from the 2,167 closings reported for the same period last year.

“Our market just proved you can buy and sell a home during the winter,” said Greater Nashville REALTORS President Scott Troxel. “The winter months are actually a good time for serious buyers. There are fewer properties on the market, but there is also less competition for those properties.

“Not only did we see the best January on record, our market performed better in January than it did in either January or February of last year,” continued Troxel. “Pending sales numbers are also higher. Punxsutawney Phil might have seen his shadow, suggesting six more weeks before we see spring weather, but our data indicates our market may enter the spring selling season sooner.”

A comparison of sales by category for January is:

2016 2017   
CLOSINGS  2,167 2,411
Residential 1,814 1,944
Condominium 217 313
Multi-Family 27 27
Farms/Land/Lots 109 127

There were 2,755 sales pending at the end of the month, compared with 2,212 pending sales at this time last year. The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 57 days.

The median residential price for a single-family home during January was $261,500 and for a condominium it was $184,350. This compares with last year’s median residential and condominium prices of $242,668 and $179,900, respectively.

Inventory at the end of January was 10,025, compared with 11,352 in January 2016. The current inventory of properties by category, compared to last year, is:

2016 2017   
INVENTORY 11,352 10,025
Residential 7,473 6,687
Condominium 703 659
Multi-Family 94 89
Farms/Land/Lots 3,082 2,590

“One item to watch will be the impact of President Trump’s suspension on the 25-basis point reduction of mortgage interest premiums on FHA loans,” said Troxel. “Many first-time and low- to moderate-income buyers look to FHA loans as part of their path to homeownership. Realtors are letting the administration know both the importance and impact of FHA loans on the housing market.”

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