Greater Nashville: June Temperatures Bring Healthy Home Sales

Greater Nashville: June Temperatures Bring Healthy Home Sales
Greater Nashville REALTORS® | Press Release; July 9, 2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 9, 2018) – There were 4,036 home closings reported for the month of June, according to figures provided by Greater Nashville REALTORS®. This figure represents a 3.8 percent increase compared to the 3,887 closings in June 2017.

“The market is heating up. With the rising temperatures, we are seeing homes sell in an average of 26 days and for a slightly higher selling price than in previous months,” said Greater Nashville REALTORS® President Sher Powers. “We continue to see inventory increase, which is very exciting for buyers in the months ahead.”

Data for the second quarter of 2018 showed 11,222 closings, up .6 percent from the 11,155 closings during the second quarter of 2017.

There were 3,379 sales pending at the end of June, compared with 3,914 pending sales at this time last year. The average number of days on the market for a single-family home was 26 days.

The median residential price for a single-family home during June was $314,900 and for a condominium it was $221,850. This compares with last year’s median residential and condominium prices of $293,753 and $199,350 respectively.

Inventory at the end of June was 11,087, a more than 25 percent increase from 8,842 in June 2017.

“Currently REALTORS® across the country are focused on the renewal of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP),” stated Powers. “If Congress doesn’t reauthorize the program, it will expire on July 31 denying necessary insurance coverage to homeowners and buyers in more than 20,000 communities nationwide. Middle Tennessee is all too familiar with what flooding can do to an area, and more flooding disasters without insurance will be another blow to a national market already struggling to provide housing for all those who want it.

We urge Congress to extend the NFIP and pass meaningful reforms to ensure the long-term viability of the program.”

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Source: Greater Nashville REALTORS®, Press Release 070918

Mortgage Rates Fall to 3-Month Low

Mortgage Rates Fall to 3-Month Low
Freddie Mac | July 6, 2018

Mortgage rates were back down across the board again this week, offering some temporary relief to home buyers. Rates posted a rapid increase throughout most of the spring but have recently reversed course, declining in five of the past six weeks. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is now at its lowest average since April.

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“The run-up in mortgage rates earlier this year represented not just a rise in risk-free borrowing costs, but for investors, the mortgage spread also rose back to more normal levels by about 20 basis points,” says Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “What that means for buyers is good news. Mortgage rates may have a little more room to decline over the very short term.”

Freddie Mac reports the following national averages with mortgage rates for the week ending July 5:

  • 30-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 4.52 percent, with an average 0.5 point, dropping from last week’s 4.55 percent average. Last year at this time, 30-year rates averaged 3.96 percent.
  • 15-year fixed-rate mortgages: averaged 3.99 percent, with an average 0.4 point, falling from last week’s 4.04 percent average. A year ago, 15-year rates averaged 3.22 percent.
  • 5-year hybrid adjustable-rate mortgages: averaged 3.74 percent, with an average 0.3 point, falling from last week’s 3.87 percent average. A year ago, 5-year ARMs averaged 3.21 percent.

Source: Freddie Mac; REALTOR® Magazine 070618