Chattanooga Home Sales Increase By 15.4 Percent In April

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index showed that home prices in 20 major metropolitan areas had increased at the strongest pace since the bubble years. Major national indices are telling the story that local MLS data users have known for months or even years. The housing market is recovering. The recovery varies by geography and market segment, but things are certainly better than they have been and are showing no signs of letting up.

Closed Sales in Chattanooga rose an astounding 15.4%, closing with 645 residential units. New Listings in the Chattanooga region were up 9.8 percent to 1,180. Inventory shrank 8.2 percent to 4,826 units. Prices moved higher as the Median Sales Price was up 3.8 percent to $135,000.

Days on Market decreased 8.0 percent to 126 days, the twelfth consecutive month of year-over-year declines. Months Supply of Inventory was down 18.3 percent to 8.5 months, indicating that demand increased relative to supply.

GCAR President Mark Blazek said, “The prickliest thorns in our collective side are still lack of inventory and subdued listing activity. In some neighborhoods, consumers have 50 or 60 percent fewer options from which to choose than they did a few years ago. That's causing bidding wars in popular areas. Despite the competitive landscape for buyers, housing remains one of the brightest lights in an otherwise subdued economic recovery.”

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