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Middle Tennessee Sees Largest Home Sales Gain in November

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Middle Tennessee Sees Largest Home Sales Gain in November
Press Release by the Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS® | December 7, 2016

homeforsaleNASHVILLE, Tenn. (Dec. 7, 2016) – There were 2,978 home closings reported for the month of November, according to figures provided by the Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS®. This figure is up 24 percent from the 2,397 closings reported for the same period last year.

Year-to-date closings through November are 35,674, a 6 percent increase from the 33,679 closings reported through November 2015.

“Although we experienced a substantial increase in closings this November as compared to last November, our monthly trending this year is in line with typical market trends this time of year. The numbers of closings are high, but have shown fewer closings month by month since the summer,” said GNAR President Denise Creswell.

“Various factors play into the 24 percent increase we saw over 2015, including the end of the year approaching and the threat of rising interest rates,” said Creswell. “Many people locked in their rates in October in anticipation of rising interest rates after the election, and they have edged up slightly. We will likely see the interest rate factor be a boost to home sales in December, as well.”

There were 2,774 sales pending at the end of the month, compared with 2,516 pending sales at this time last year. The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 49 days.

The median residential price for a single-family home during November was $259,900, and for a condominium, it was $182,390. This compares with last year’s median residential and condominium prices of $231,925 and $178,002, respectively.

Inventory at the end of November was 11,225, compared to 12,433 in November of last year.

“New construction is also adding to the increase this time of year. New construction starts are up across the country, and Middle Tennessee saw 200 more new construction units close in November than November 2015,” said Creswell.

“November saw our biggest sales gain all year compared to last year, and it also saw our lowest days on market average as far back as our records go,” said Creswell. “We say it almost every month with the release of market data, and it bears repeating again: with our ever-tightening inventory supply, being prequalified and ready to make an offer quickly is critical for buyers, even in the colder months.”

### 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. REALTOR® is a registered trademark that may be used only by real estate professionals who are members of the National Association of Realtors and subscribe to its strict Code of Ethics. ###

Source: GNAR Press Release 110716

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November’s Hot List: The Top 20 Markets

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November’s Hot List: The Top 20 Markets
Article by Daily Real Estate News | November 28, 2016

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Nashville, Tennessee

California real estate professionals are staying busy. Cities in California continue to dominate lists of the most booming housing markets in the country. But they’re not alone. Many markets across the country are seeing elevated sales this fall.

“After an eventful election, demand for real estate appears to be carrying momentum going into the holiday season,” says Javier Vivas, manager of economic research for realtor.com®. “We expect that to be put to the test, as mortgage rates sky rocket to new highs. But forecasts expect growth as we enter the new year, which should keep waves of buyers intent on entering the market.”

Inventory of homes for sale is down 5 percent in November from October, but the combo of low supply and high demand is keeping prices high, realtor.com® notes. The median list price nationwide remained at $250,000 for the fourth consecutive month, a new record for November.

Realtor.com® flagged the following 20 markets as the hottest in the country in November, where homes are selling the fastest and demand is highest (based on page views):

  1. San Francisco CA
  2. Dallas TX
  3. Vallejo CA
  4. Denver CO
  5. San Jose CA
  6. San Diego CA
  7. Stockton CA
  8. Fort Wayne IN
  9. Columbus OH
  10. Detroit MI
  11. Sacramento CA
  12. Boston MA
  13. Santa Rosa CA
  14. Fresno CA
  15. Modesto CA
  16. Billings MT
  17. Nashville TN
  18. Los Angeles CA
  19. Oxnard CA
  20. Colorado Springs CO

Source: “The 20 Hottest U.S. Real Estate Markets for November 2016,” realtor.com® (Nov. 23, 2016); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 112816

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Townhome Construction is Booming

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Townhome Construction is Booming
Article by Daily Real Estate News | November 21, 2016

construction-a1Townhouse construction continued to make gains in the third quarter on a year-over-year basis. Starts of townhomes totaled 94,000, a more than 10 percent year-over-year gain in the third quarter of this year, Census data showed.

The market share of new townhouses was at 12.4 percent of all single-family starts in the third quarter, near the cycle high, the National Association of Home Builders reports in its analysis of the data. The townhome market reached its last peak in the first quarter of 2008, when it comprised 14.6 percent of total single-family construction.

NAHB predicts townhouse construction continue to make gains in the coming years, although with occasional ups and downs.

“The long-run prospects for townhouse construction are positive given the large numbers of home buyers looking for medium density residential neighborhoods, such as urban villages that offer walkable environments and other amenities,” the NAHB noted on its blog, Eye on Housing.

Source: “Townhouse Construction in the Third Quarter,” National Association of Home Builders’ Eye on Housing blog (Nov. 18, 2016); REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 112116

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October Was a Hot Month for Home Sales in Middle Tennessee

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October Was a Hot Month for Home Sales in Middle Tennessee
Article by Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS® | November 8, 2016

nashville-237NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Nov. 8, 2016) – There were 3,324 home closings reported for the month of October, according to figures provided by the Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS®. This figure is up 9.7 percent from the 3,030 closings reported for the same period last year.

Year-to-date closings for the Greater Nashville area were 32,696 at the end of October. That is an increase of 4.5 percent from the 31,282 closings, reported through October 2015.

“We are continuing to sell more homes with effectively less inventory every month, and that’s keeping the Nashville market among the hottest in the country,” said Creswell. “We finished 19th on the list of the hottest markets for October according to Realtor.com, and were the only southern state, not including Texas, to make the list. Even if sales remain flat for November and December, our region is set to finish ahead of 2015 with overall sales.”

There were 3,306 sales pending at the end of the month, compared with 2,905 pending sales at this time last year. The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 51 days.

The median residential price for a single-family home during October was $261,000, and for a condominium it was $186,000. This compares with last year’s median residential and condominium prices of $230,000 and $171,737, respectively.

Inventory at the end of October was 11,785, compared to 12,894 in October 2015.

“We have entered the final quarter of 2016 in the best possible way,” said GNAR President Denise Creswell. “Our housing market is maintaining the kind of stable growth needed to sustain a healthy market in the last few months of the year. These mild gains in sales are exactly what it takes to build the foundation for a solid housing market in 2017.”

### 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. REALTOR® is a registered trademark that may be used only by real estate professionals who are members of the National Association of Realtors and subscribe to its strict Code of Ethics. ###

Source: GNAR Press Release 110816

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Cooler Weather Prep Around the Home

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November 3, 2016 at 7:26 pm

50 Markets Ranked: Where Does Yours Fall?

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50 Markets Ranked: Where Does Yours Fall?
Article by Daily Real Estate News | October 25, 2016

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Nashville, TN

Who has the hottest single-family housing market this fall? Fort Lauderdale, Fla., according to a new report released by Ten-X, an online real estate marketplace. Ten-X ranked the 50 largest single-family housing markets for fall 2016 based on current and forecasted fundamentals.

Florida markets continue to dominate its list for the second consecutive season.

“Florida’s housing market continues to set the pace for the nation, with five of the top 10 metros on our report,” says Rick Sharga, Ten-X executive vice president. “While all of the top five markets took substantial hits during the housing crash, especially Las Vegas, the continued road to recovery for these destination cities is looking even brighter.”

The five single-family markets topping Ten-X’s list for this fall are: Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Palm Beach County, Fla.; Tampa, Fla.; Orlando; and Las Vegas.

The rankings factor in pricing, sales, permit activity, and economic growth, population growth.

See how your metro stacked up.

  1. Fort Lauderdale
  2. Palm Beach County
  3. Tampa
  4. Orlando
  5. Las Vegas
  6. Phoenix
  7. Seattle
  8. Nashville
  9. Dallas
  10. Jacksonville
  11. Denver
  12. Portland
  13. Oakland
  14. Atlanta
  15. Columbus
  16. Raleigh
  17. San Francisco
  18. San Jose
  19. Miami
  20. Boston
  21. Austin
  22. San Diego
  23. Charlotte
  24. Salt Lake City
  25. DC
  26. Riverside
  27. Los Angeles
  28. Indianapolis
  29. Sacramento
  30. Minneapolis
  31. Fort Worth
  32. Orange County
  33. San Antonio
  34. Kansas City
  35. Detroit
  36. Pittsburgh
  37. Cincinnati
  38. Milwaukee
  39. Northern Virginia
  40. St. Louis
  41. Suburban Maryland
  42. Houston
  43. Memphis
  44. Philadelphia
  45. Long Island
  46. Northern New Jersey
  47. Chicago
  48. Cleveland
  49. Central New Jersey
  50. Baltimore

Source: Ten-X   Article distribution: REALTOR® Magazine Online, Daily Real Estate News 102516

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Mortgage Rates Highest in Four Months, Still Near Record Lows

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Mortgage Rates Highest in Four Months, Still Near Record Lows
Article by Freddie Mac | October 20, 2016

FreddieMac-LogoMCLEAN, VA–(Marketwired – Oct 20, 2016) – Freddie Mac (OTCQB: FMCC) today released the results of its Primary Mortgage Market Survey® (PMMS®), showing average fixed mortgage rates moving higher for the second week in a row and marking the first time the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage has risen above 3.5 percent since June.

News Facts

30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) averaged 3.52 percent with an average 0.5 point for the week ending October 20, 2016, up from last week when they averaged 3.47 percent. A year ago at this time, the 30-year FRM averaged 3.79 percent.

15-year FRM this week averaged 2.79 percent with an average 0.5 point, up from last week when they averaged 2.76 percent. A year ago at this time, the 15-year FRM averaged 2.98 percent.

5-year Treasury-indexed hybrid adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) averaged 2.85 percent this week with an average 0.4 point, up from last week when it averaged 2.82 percent. A year ago, the 5-year ARM averaged 2.89 percent.

Average commitment rates should be reported along with average fees and points to reflect the total upfront cost of obtaining the mortgage. Visit the following link for the Definitions. Borrowers may still pay closing costs which are not included in the survey.

Quote Attributed to Sean Becketti, chief economist, Freddie Mac.
“The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage moved a solid 5 basis points to 3.52 percent while the 10-year Treasury yield remained relatively flat. This is the first week in over 4 months that rates have risen above 3.50 percent. This month, mortgage rates seem to be catching up to Treasury yields and returning to pre-Brexit levels.”

### Freddie Mac was established by Congress in 1970 to provide liquidity, stability and affordability to the nation’s residential mortgage markets. Freddie Mac supports communities across the nation by providing mortgage capital to lenders. Today Freddie Mac is making home possible for one in four home borrowers and is the largest source of financing for multifamily housing. Additional information is available at FreddieMac.com, Twitter @FreddieMac and Freddie Mac’s blog FreddieMac.com/blog. ###

Source: Freddie Mac

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