National Market and Consumer Trends Show Higher Home Prices and a Decrease in Housing Inventory

Improving Housing Market


The recent national trends of higher home prices and decreasing housing inventory continued through the month of July. According to, the nation experienced a 5.24% decline in housing inventory, which is the second month in a row with year-over-year inventory declines in the single digits. In addition, this report also shows that national median home listing prices increased 5.27% year-over-year while the median age of housing inventory is down 16.67% nationally. This shows a continued trend of higher home prices, while also showing a decrease in both the amount and age of housing inventory nationally.

Furthermore, according to the latest Fannie Mae Monthly National Housing Survey for July, consumers expect home prices to climb 3.9% on average over the next 12 months, holding steady from the May and June survey results. Also, the share of survey respondents who say it is a good time to buy a house increased to 74%, while those surveyed indicating that it’s a good time to sell a house increased to 40%, matching the survey high.

According to Doug Duncan, who is a Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist for Fannie Mae, “expectations for continued improvement in housing persist, and sentiment toward the current buying and selling environment is back on track from its dip last month.” In addition, Mr. Duncan also stated that “these results are consistent with our own analysis of previous housing cycles, which finds that interest rates and home prices are not strongly correlated.”

On the whole, the national trends continue to reflect a slight decrease in housing inventory, while also showing a continued rise in home prices available on the market. In view of these trends, there are many great deals available for homes in the Great Smoky Mountain market today, and right now is a good time to look for the many properties that are still available.  If you have recently thought about purchasing a property in the Smoky Mountain region, today is a good time to start looking. We invite you to browse our available properties, and see what the Smoky Mountain region has to offer.


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