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Front Page - Friday, July 16, 2021

Inventory tight despite more new listings

School’s out, and vaccination rates are rising as America enters a new normal. Thus, the U.S. housing market continues at a fast and frenzied pace, with low interest rates and limited inventory fueling record high sales prices.

May saw the national median existing-home sales price exceed $350,000, which is a whopping 24% increase. The National Association of Realtors reports this change as the largest year-over-year increase since 1999.

Eager buyers are making multiple offers, some for well more than the asking price, while others are making offers on homes sight unseen.

From the local perspective, we saw new listings in the Chattanooga region increase 4.3% to 1,322.

Pending sales were down slightly (6.5%) from June 2020 (1,282) to 1,199.

Inventory levels shrank 50.7% from their June 2020 levels (2033) to 1,003 units available for sale.

Prices continued to gain traction. The median sales price increased 22.2% to $275,000, reflecting a $50,000 increase in one year.

Days on Market was down 59.5% from June 2020 (42 days) to only 17 days.

Sellers were encouraged as months supply of inventory was down 59.1% to 0.9 months. In June 2020, there was 2.2 months supply of inventory.

The increase in sales prices comes with a slight decline in existing home sales nationwide as homebuyers struggle with declining affordability amid a lack of inventory. Some buyers are being forced to wait it out in hopes of more inventory and less competition.

Meanwhile, homebuilders are trying to meet the increased market demand, with housing starts up 3.6% in May from April, the Commerce Department reports.

As we ease into new routines and look forward to a post-pandemic future, one thing remains certain: Across America, we all desperately need more homes.

This market shows little signs of cooling off anytime soon. With properties selling so quickly, it is absolutely crucial to work with a Realtor who knows the ins and outs of this market. Realtors help their clients work fast to get the home they desire. That’s Who We R.

Greater Chattanooga Realtors is The Voice of Real Estate in Greater Chattanooga. A regional organization with more than 2,400 members, Greater Chattanooga Realtors is one of 300 local boards and associations of Realtors nationwide that comprise the National Association of Realtors. Greater Chattanooga Realtors services Hamilton and Sequatchie counties in southeast Tennessee and Catoosa, Dade and Walker counties in northwest Georgia. For more information, visit www.gcar.net or call 423 698-8001.