Smoky Mountain Real Estate and Gatlinburg Home Sales Mirror the U.S. Housing Market


 Our country’s housing market, like our Smoky Mountain real estate, is still adjusting to life without stimulus money.  My news sources at the National Association of Realtors in Washington, D.C. are confirming widely predicted results for the country’s property sales.  “Pending Home Sales” tracks homes under contract, but not officially closed.  July 2010’s pending home sales index moved lower by 2.6% from June 2010.  NAR’s chief economist, Lawrence Yun had predicted this pullback in housing activity, earlier in the year.   Yun felt that the congressional extension of the homebuyer tax credit would amplify the normal spring homebuyer surge.  The stimulus incentives did bring hesitant buyers into the market.  It worked well at accelerating home purchases across the nation.  In the short term, home prices have stabilized in most areas, as inventories of homes for sale have dropped.

However, it was expected among real estate economists that this artificial acceleration of buyers into homes, would lead to a period of lower home sales, when the federal stimulus ended.  What we are seeing in the current real estate market, is the lull as the market re-adjusts.  NAR’s Yun anticipates some months of reduced home sales during this re-adjustment period.  The chief economist expects a pick-up in home sales later in the year, as long as the U.S. job market continues to improve.  In the short term, inventory of homes for sale may increase, but Yun feels pricing on homes has reached justifiable levels where they should not change meaningfully from today’s levels.  He sees some local markets across the country showing price improvement.  Mortgage interest rates are also expected to remain at these historically low levels for most of this year.  The critical factor in a strengthening U.S. housing market lies in serious job creation across the nation.  NAR’s chief economist feels employment growth is paramount to lasting improvement in the U.S. housing and real estate markets. 

It seems as though most of today’s national real estate news was expected and not surprising at all.  The current real estate environment is still favorable for investment in the East Tennessee Smokies.  Prices are off their highs.  Inventory of properties for sale offer a great selection.  Qualified buyers can obtain historically low mortgage interest rates.  The Smokies provide; a beautiful , centrally-located destination, with great climate, and a reasonable cost of living.  If you are considering a real estate investment, we have everything from; rental cabins to primary and secondary homes.  Jump on our website today and see how the Jason White Team can help you find the property you always wanted.

OPPS!! Our latest figures for the month of July are incorrect. Unfortunately, the figures included commercial and there was a very large sale in the commercial side of real estate which threw off my figures. I usually have figures for residential only. I will have the correct figures in next weeks blog.  My apologies!

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