December Caps Off "Stellar Year" Of Homes Sales

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - by Robert Nodes

For the Greater Chattanooga real estate community, 2013 exceeded the average of the record numbers of 2012. Home sales and prices were higher across the nation, while foreclosure loads, the number of homes for sale and the number of days it took to sell a home were all much lower. Multiple-offer situations became commonplace again and prices in many areas rallied to multi-year highs. Depending on where you lived in Greater Chattanooga, your neighborhood has undergone some changes in ownership. 

Closed sales rose 8.2 percent to 552 residential units sold. For the year, closed sales were up 8.4 percent, finishing strong with 7,247 homes. New listings in the Chattanooga region increased 3.4 percent to 602. Inventory levels shrank 4.0 percent to 4,673 units.

Prices softened somewhat. The median sales price decreased 3.2 percent to $138,000. Days on market were up 0.8 percent to 134 days. Absorption rates improved as months supply of inventory was down 7.0 percent to 8.0 months.

In her first market report of her 2014 term, incoming GCAR President Vicki Trapp added, “Housing is fortified by confident consumers and good jobs. A slowly improving labor market stunted by political gridlock marked the year of 2013, and the Federal Reserve's long-awaited taper announcement was not surprising.”  

Saying farewell to his fellow GCAR Members, outgoing 2013 President Mark Blazek concluded, “Interest rates remain low, prices are still affordable, the employment picture looks decent and the stock market is up nearly 30.0 percent from this time last year. It's no wonder that buyers were active in 2013. Here's to more of the same in 2014.”

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