Over the last year, U.S. home prices have jumped 12.2% as of May of this year, from that of May of 2012, which represents the largest annual gain since March of 2006. In addition, to reflect this recent trend, the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index released on Tuesday surged 2.4% in May from that of April, all in 2013. Furthermore, these price increases were widespread, where all 20 cities measured by the S&P Index showed gains over a month’s time, from April to May in this year.
The S&P Index covers roughly half of all U.S. homes, and measures prices compared with those in January of 2000, along with creating a three-month moving average. The May index figures, as noted here, are the latest figures available. Despite a recent increase in mortgage rates, especially since early May, the figures noted by the S&P Index have not been significantly impacted, and still show a general trend towards rising home prices across the nation.
The factors behind these home price increases primarily center on more people bidding on a scarcer supply of home that are available for sale, indicating a shrinking housing inventory nationally. In addition, steady price increases, along with stable job gains and historically low mortgage rates, have encouraged more Americans to buy homes. Also, with higher home prices, more sellers are able to put their homes on the market, which creates greater supply and contributes to the ongoing gradual housing recovery that is now currently underway.
What does all of this mean? The national trends, as reflected by the recent S&P Index, show a steady growth in the housing market, and continued strength in home prices across the board. For both buyers and sellers, the market appears to be more receptive at the present time, and is showing gradual gains amidst an ongoing economic recovery.
There are still many great deals on homes available in the Great Smoky Mountain market, and right now is a good time to look for the many properties that are available right now. If you have thought about purchasing a property in the Great Smoky Mountain region, today is a good time to start looking. We invite you to browse our available properties that we have in the area.
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|Beautiful Log Cabin w/Mtn. Views Brand new log cabin w/ 2 BD/2 BA, located just 2 mi. from the Downtown Gatlinburg Strip, & is w/in walking distance to the Gatlinburg Community Center. Type: Single Family Home Location: Gatlinburg,Tennessee Price: $259,900 Get more information >|
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|Remodeled Condo w/Amazing Mtn Views This contemporary style 2BD/2BA home offers practically a bird’s eye view of the ski slopes at Ober Gatlinburg plus an unparalleled exhibit of the Great Smoky Mountains! Type: Condo Location: Gatlinburg,Tennessee Price: $209,900 Get more information >|
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Century 21 Four Seasons Realty
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Gatlinburg, TN 37738
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