Inventory Decreases & Foreclosure Discount Prices Begin To Narrow

Home Prices RiseIn statistics for the Great Smoky Mountain region posted to our website on February 14th we noted that prices were nearly even and inventory was down by 10% in a year over year comparison. Today, Bloomberg reports that nationally sales of previously owned homes increased by .4% with available properties dropping to the lowest level since 1999. Carl Riccadonna, senior U.S. economist at Deutsch Bank Securities said “Incomes continue to rise, interest rates are low and inventory is lean. The outlook is improving.”

Along with this we are seeing major changes in the foreclosure and distressed inventory and how it is affecting the real estate market. It is reported that foreclosure filings fell 28% in January from the previous year and are now at the lowest level since April 2007. As overall inventory continues to decrease prices will level and start to rise with distressed properties being no exception. In an article on Housing Wire, Dr. Yangling Mayer, FNC Senior Research Economist said “The fact that we are seeing a combination of rising home prices and a bottoming out of foreclosure prices is a very good sign the housing recovery is taking hold. This is the very first time in the long housing recession that the two are happening at the same time.” By the fourth quarter of 2012 the average foreclosure discount had dropped to 12.2%, a huge drop from the average 25% discounts we were seeing during the peak of the downturn. During that quarter foreclosures only accounted for 18.1% of the single family sales, down from 26.5% in the first quarter of 2012.

This all adds up to great news for the real estate market. If you own a property in the Smoky Mountain area and have been waiting for the right time to put it on the market now is the time to get a free market analysis. It is a comprehensive report showing current market statistics and what prices buyers are currently paying for homes similar to yours. If you would like to see what kind of price the market may bring for your home just to send me a request.

If you are thinking of buying a second home or investment property in the Smoky Mountain market, now is the time to start looking as there are still several great deals available but we do expect prices to begin to rise and to see more multiple offer situations as inventory continues to tighten. Spend some time at to get a feel for all the region has to offer. When the time is right we are happy to answer your questions or set up an appointment to show you homes.

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