Vacation And Investment Home Sales Are On The Rise

Gatlinburg Rental CabinThe National Association of REALTORS has conducted their 2013 Investment and Vacation Home Buyers Survey concerning existing and new home transactions for 2012. The report contains very detailed information about investment and second home buying patterns and today we would like to take a look at some of the numbers and how they relate to the tourist driven market in the Great Smoky Mountains.

The news is good overall, with the report showing an increase of 10.1% in 2012 vs. 2011 for vacation home sales. Investment home sales dipped 2.1% to 1.21 million but remains well above the numbers from the downturn when sales were well below one million. Vacation home sales made up 11% of all real estate transactions last year, the second highest percentage since 2005. As we see news of a market recovery and reports that things are shifting to a seller’s market it is positive for our area to see that this does not apply only to permanent residences but also to owners of vacation rental property.

When we looked at the statistics for the Smoky Mountain region last week we noted an increase in average prices of 12% for Sevier County, Tennessee. This is reflected in the NAR report as well as they show that the median price for vacation and investment homes is up, reflecting a larger amount of more expensive vacation and investment properties being purchased in 2012. We expect to see the trend continue in 2013.

Thirty five percent of investment buyers purchased more than one property with 55% of them stating that rental income was a large factor in their buying decision. Our region leads the market with 45% of vacation homes that were purchased last year being in the South. This is great news for owners in the Smoky Mountain area as inventory decreases and a large percentage of buyers are looking for great rental investments in the area. If you have a second home or vacation rental that you are thinking of selling why not request a free price analysis? You may be surprised by what the market has to offer.

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