Throughout this past year, we have seen both the national and local real estate markets continue to show slow, but steady, growth on the whole. As we look at the statistics for the Great Smoky Mountain real estate market through December of this past year, we will see that these trends, particularly in this real estate market, are largely holding steady, as we now begin into a new year. Let’s now see what the numbers have to say.
In the category of Residences Sold, we see that in comparing December 2013 to that of December 2012, the number of residences sold held steady with an increase by 1% in terms of homes sold, in that 13 more homes were sold as of December 2013, as opposed to December 2012. This continues a trend of steadiness, and even very slight growth, in the real estate market as a whole, and as we look at the rest of the statistics, we will see that the market does indeed reflect a steady and slowly growing trend on balance, and we see that the market continues to show gradual, but steady, growth on the aggregate.
In the category of Residential Dollar Volume for the year, we see an increase of 7% through December of 2013, as opposed to through December in 2012. With the steadiness of the numbers as it relates to Residences Sold, the recent local and national trends of increasing home prices still continue to show that a greater dollar volume in homes are being sold, along with still continuing to show a slow and strengthening market reflective of greater confidence on the part of both buyers and sellers.
There is also continued good news for sellers in the Average Sold Price Category. In line with statistics so far for the past year, prices still show a slow, but gradual, rise of 6% in December of this year versus that of December 2012, reflecting the recent local and national trends towards gradually higher home prices. As confidence continues to grow between potential buyers and sellers in the market as a whole, we see that the trend of higher home prices will likely continue for the foreseeable future.
In addition, available homes on the market are actually increasing in terms of inventory. Through December 2013, as opposed to December 2012, there is a slight increase by 1% of homes being listed as available on the market, or an increase of 29 more available homes on the market, in December 2013, as opposed to December 2012. We see that higher home prices, as well as the very slight increases in homes being sold, may be contributing to more people wanting to place their homes on the market, thereby causing a slight increase in available housing inventory. While it is still too early to tell if the trend will continue into 2014, there are more available homes on the market in December 2013, as opposed to one year ago, which could further indicate greater confidence on the part of those wanting to place their homes on the market.
As markets continue this gradual trend of growth locally and across the nation, these statistics, heading into 2014, are largely expected to remain steady, showing continued slow, but steady, strength and growth into the new year. Mortgage rates still remain at historically low rates, and there are still plenty of housing options to choose from, especially in the Great Smoky Mountain real estate market. Why not start your Great Smoky Mountain home search now by visiting our website, browsing our available properties, and seeing what the Smoky Mountain area has to offer for you? Let us help you make your home ownership dreams a reality today!
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