August homes sales information

Hello all,

Hope this blog finds everyone having a great week! I just wanted to release some real estate information to you all. This is factual.

I just love how the media makes it out to be horrible across the US. In truth, the South isn’t doing too bad overall. Homes sales are down but not dramatically. We expected this. The mortgage industry has been so great for the last few years. Sooner or later it’s gonna change a little. Right? Check out the article below from GNAR (Greater Nashville Assoc of Realtors). As always, please let me know if you have any buying, selling, or general real estate questions!

Happy Hunting,

Andra

HOME SALES DECREASE BUT

INCREASES IN PRICES AND INVENTORY POINT TO HEALTHY MARKET

 



There were 3,359 home closings reported for the month of August, according to figures provided by the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors®. This represents a decrease of 10.9 percent from the 3,772 closings reported for the same period last year.

Year-to-date closings for the Greater Nashville area are 24,778, down 9.2 percent compared to the 27,294 closings reported through mid-year 2006, which was the best year ever for regional home sales.

“These numbers are very good and represent a stable market, ” said Richard Courtney, 2007 President of the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors. “The real estate picture for Greater Nashville has changed this year to become more normal and balanced, particularly when compared with last year’s exceptional record pace. Prices continue to rise and the number of closings is very steady. Those factors point to a healthy market. And, the year-to-date numbers for Greater Nashville show that 2007 is the third-best year ever for this region. “


A comparison of sales by category for August is:

ClosingsResidential
Condominium
Multi-family
Farms/Land/Lots

Aug. 2006


3,772

3,036
468
44
224

Aug. 2007


3,359

2,643
524
41
151

 


There were 2,896 sales pending at the end of August, compared with 3,440 sales that were pending at the same time last year. The median residential price during August was$189,719 and for a condominium it was $162,346. That compares with median residential and condominium prices at this time last year of $184,000 and $140,000 respectively. The average number of days on the market for a single-family residence was 64 days.

Inventory at the end of August was 22,396. That compares with an inventory of 16,670 at the end of August 2006. Current inventory of properties by category, compared to the same time last year, is:

InventoryResidential
Condominium
Multi-family
Farms/Land/Lots

Aug. 2006


16,670

11,702
1,617
274
3,077

Aug. 2007


22,396

15,172
2,450
360
4,414


“Available inventory is considerably higher than last year at this time. That means buyers have more choices, so price and condition of properties for sale have become increasingly important,” Courtney said. “Based on the number of homes sold in August, the inventory represents about a 6.6 mont supply, which is a reasonable balance in the housing industry. “

The Greater Nashville Association of Realtors® is one of Middle Tennessee’s largest professional trade associations and serves as the primary voice for Nashville-area property owners and real estate professionals. REALTOR® is a registered trademark which March be used only by real estate professionals who are members of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict Code of Ethics.

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