Area Housing Market Holds Steady Entering the Fourth Quarter

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Nov. 7, 2017) – There were 3,267 home closings reported for the month of October, according to figures provided by Greater Nashville REALTORS®. This figure is down 1.7 percent from the 3,324 closings reported for the same period last year.

     Year-to-date closings for the Greater Nashville area were 34,059 at the end of October. That is an increase of 4.2 percent from the 32,696 closings, reported through October 2016.

     “Through all of 2017, the Middle Tennessee region witnessed significant increases in year-over-year sales,” said Greater Nashville REALTORS® President Scott Troxel. “October showed a modest decline in the number of properties sold. Residential properties saw just 15 fewer sales in October compared to 2016. A minor adjustment like this is not cause for alarm. Our market’s dynamics are very positive, both in the local economy and the housing market. We expect to see a typical lull in the fall and holidays, followed by renewed energy in January.” 

         A comparison of sales by category for October is:

  2016 2017
CLOSINGS 3,324 3,267
 Residential 2,758 2,745
 Condominium 377 329
 Multi-Family 16 24
 Farms/Land/Lots 173 169

     There were 3,358 properties under contract at the end of the month, compared to the 3,083 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 October was $277,642 and for a condominium, it was $208,000. This compares with last year’s median residential and condominium prices of $261,000 and $186,000, respectively.

     Active inventory at the end of October was 9,564, down from 10,177 in 2016. The current inventory of properties by category, compared to last year, is:

  2016 2017
INVENTORY 10,177 9,564
 Residential 6,472 6,504
 Condominium 628 604
 Multi-Family 99 62
 Farms/Land/Lots 2,978 2,394

    “REALTORS® had hoped proposed tax reform would lead to needed changes; unfortunately, the current proposals are going to hurt current and potential homeowners,” said Troxel. “Measures like placing limits on the use of the Mortgage Interest Deduction and the elimination of deductions for state and local sales and income tax will reverse the incentives for homeownership. Considering that homeowners pay between 80 and 90 percent of all federal incomes taxes, they shouldn’t be penalized through tax reform. REALTORS® are working fervently to protect homeownership and homeowners.”

     Greater Nashville 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.

View the October 2017 Market Inforgraphic (online) | PDF