A Look at June 2010 Gatlinburg Homes For Sale

Gatlinburg homes sales and real estate transactions from nearby areas are reported monthly to members of the Great Smoky Mountains Association of Realtors.  The June 2010 results are out, and the comparisons to June of 2009 are complete.  This data can be useful in spotting trends and identifying local pockets of amplified sales activity. The June 2010 analysis reveals a mixed bag of results with some areas up and others down in sales.  There certainly appears to be evidence of the tax credit stimulus having an influence on residential sales.  June 2010 was the final month where qualifying homes had to close for the tax credit. The total residential results for all areas seem to indicate this stimulus influence.  Number of residences sold in June 2010 vs June 2009 is up 7% to 123.  However, total residential volume sold is down 4% to $20,619,568 for this June.  In addition, the average sale for a residence is down 9% to $167,639 for June of 2010.  All this data indicates that last minute, first time homebuyers were scrambling to qualify for the tax credit.  Their activity was the driving influence for this June’s residential sales.  Another item of interest is that the quantity of active listings is up 17% to 4,067 for June of 2010.

This material can be helpful for finding your Smoky Mountain dream property.  Current interest rates are quite low for qualified buyers.  These Great Smoky Mountain Association of Realtor results show active listings are up.  That gives today’s buyers a great selection and good mortgage interest rates which is a great combination.  You can start your Smoky Mountains property search with no commitment to go further than you want.  Simply go on our website and avail yourself to our real estate resources.  When you decide to buy that special home or property, contact us and use our expertise to purchase that special piece of Smoky Mountains real estate.

Here are a Few of My Current Listings:

Fantastic Views of Mt LeConte!!
Enjoy the fantastic views of Mt LeConte and the tram from the spacious decking of this nicely decorated cabin. Each bedroom has in suite baths as well. This is a must see!
Type: Single Family Home
Location: Gatlinburg ,Tennessee
Price: $249,900
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Outstanding Mtn Views, family retreat!!
This classic mountain chalet has spectacular mountian views and used previously as a private family retreat. High ceilings, lots of glass and 2 beautiful mountain stone fireplaces, plus lots of level parking and walking distance to community club house.
Type: Single Family Home
Location: Gatlinburg ,Tennessee
Price: $269,900
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Incredible Smoky Mountain/Valley Views!
This home is truly Above and Beyond. Even has an elevator! The mountain and valley views are worth viewing this home! Incredible log details throughout.
Type: Single Family Home
Location: Wears Valley
Price: $669,000
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Real Estate Has Bright Spots as the Overall Market Adjusts to Stimulus Withdrawal

Homes in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and across the nation are adjusting to a real estate market without federal tax incentives for buying houses.  My news sources out of the Wall Street Journal feel the market is reacting much as expected, to life without an $8,000 tax credit for buying a new home.  Throughout the duration of this federal program, the stimulus tax credit combined with low mortgage interest rates, to bring buyers back into the real estate market.  The influx of homebuyers absorbed enough of a massive inventory of homes for sale to stall a decrease in home values.  Many areas of the U.S. are seeing home prices rebound nicely.  Obviously, the tax incentives accelerated homebuying activity and enticed buyers to purchase earlier than they may have done without the stimulus.  For this reason, a drop in homebuying was expected as the federal stimulus ended.

The highlight in the current real estate market is that mortgage interest rates are very low and there is a good selection of homes for sale.  Average 30 year rates fell to 4.8% while 15 year rates appeared to rise to 4.25%.  However, the fees charged to borrowers fell, in effect, lowering the 15 year rate.  The challenge in mortgages lie in the tougher qualification standards.  If you qualify, this is a great time to find your property and lock in a really great interest rate on your mortgage. 

In considering East Tennessee Smokies’ real estate, there are several factors that could make now a great time to buy.  First, as previously mentioned, there are great interest rates for qualified buyers and there is a great selection of property for sale.  Second, the Smokies did not see the great spike up in prices that drove other markets across the country.  One can get a lot of value for the money in this area.   Third, our area is a convenient location for over 1/2 of the U.S. population.  The area is physically beautiful and the local area caters to visitors.  In addition, an investment in Smokies real estate could be far more stable than other investments in today’s volatile investment arena.  Contact the professionals of the Jason White Team online or by phone and begin your search today to acquire the property of your dreams in East Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains.

Here are a Few of My Current Listings:

Private with Beautiful Mountain View
Plenty of community ammenities, private, yet close to town. Enjoy nature and wildlife at this tastefully furnished log cabin from three covered decks, all with mountain views. Spacious for family gatherings, with two game rooms as well as a living room.
Type: Single Family Home
Location: Pigeon Forge
Price: $325,000
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Heritage Log Home w/ Views of Mt LeConte
This beautifully built Heritage Log Home in prestigious Chalet Village has great views of Mt. LeConte. Private yet close to downtown shopping and dining. Three master suites for privacy and on a open lot with level parking.
Type: Single Family Home
Location: Gatlinburg ,Tennessee
Price: $379,900
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Gatlinburg Home in Enclave w/ Mtn Views
This custom home has beautiful mountain views with plenty of decking and outside fireplace to enjoy. The spectacular kitchen offers plenty of high end appliances and custom details and the master bath is incredible with tumbled Italian Tile.
Type: Single Family Home
Location: Gatlinburg ,Tennessee
Price: $1,950,000
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Call today for information on any of these or other listings that may be of interest to you!  877-678-2121

Navigating the Minefields of Today’s “Distressed Property” Market

Today’s real estate market participant needs to be savvy to the wide variety of terms used to describe “financially distressed” real estate in the U.S.  As buyer or seller, there are legal steps for disposing or acquiring certain types of  “distressed real estate”.  Sellers of  “distressed property” can have their credit score adversely impacted, depending upon the type of liquidation process that is used on their property.  With all this being said, deeply-discounted property from; foreclosures, short sales, etc, helped drive the 2009 real estate market in the U.S.  This was especially powerful, when combined with federal tax credits geared to motivate new and repeat homebuyers to enter the market.  The impact of these “financially distressed” properties may be a significant part of our country’s real estate picture for some time into the future.

For these reasons, I feel this week’s blog/newsletter should kick off an examination of the various terms used for “distressed property” in today’s realty arena.  Please be aware that laws governing “distressed property” and real estate in general vary from state to state.  There can be federal IRS tax consequences hidden in these “bargain properties” as well.  For the best advice possible, utilize a CPA and an attorney with real estate experience in the area that you are buying or selling real estate.  The Jason White Team can refer you to professionals in East Tennessee’s Smokies that can assist with complex property issues on a sale or purchase here.  In order to keep this blog/newsletter reasonable in length, look for the upcoming examination and definition of “financially distressed properties” like foreclosure and short sale in my website, www.smokymountainlifestyle.com,  under the categories of; “For the Buyer” and “For the Seller” across the top of my home page. This project should be complete within the next week or so.

Here are a Couple of My Latest Listings: (These are not foreclosures or short sales!)

Update w/ Spectacular Views of Mountains
This updated, meticulously maintained home is a beauty! Enjoy the spectacular northern view of the mountains from a level yard on one of many decks.
Type: Single Family Home
Location: Gatlinburg ,Tennessee
Price: $248,500
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Up Close and Personal w/ Mt LeConte
Level yard and totally updated with panoramic views of Mt. LeConte and Gatlinburg’s city lights. Excellent location-close to downtown Gatlinburg and all the amenities!
Type: Single Family Home
Location: Gatlinburg ,Tennessee
Price: $239,900