Home Sales Report

Knoxville Home Sales Report: August 2019

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DEEP THOUGHTS:

1. Inventory remains under the 3 month supply line for the second month in a row and the third time in the last three years.
2. Closings are up almost 20% year over year.
3. Sales prices are up across the board almost 20% (sense a theme yet?). The average price for a 3 BR house in August 2019 was $181,449 vs $225,555 this August.
4. Active listings were up month over month, but down 16% year over year.
5. Interest rates are still low and still helping to drive this train.
6. Y’all. For real. Look at those other lines. August is usually kind of slow. We should be winding down for the year, but we’re not. I’m thinking I’m not booking a non-refundable vacation any time soon, because we house slingers gotta make hay while the sun shines.

 *All information provided by KAAR (Knoxville Area Association of Realtors) and is for the greater Knoxville area including Knox County and surrounding counties. My opinions are just that: opinions. I'm not really an expert in anything, but I do like to write about real estate. 

Knoxville Home Sales Report: July 2019

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DEEP THOUGHTS:

1. Inventory has fallen under the 3 month supply line for the second time in the last three years.
2. Closings are WAY up, especially for July.
3. Active listings are still mostly flat, and certainly not helping our inventory problems.
4. Sales prices are still BOOMING. Average sales price for a 3 BR home was up almost 21% in 2019 from 2018. That’s a big increase, in case you were wondering.
5. Interest rates are still well below 4%, so money is still super cheap.
6. Y’all are going to ask me what this all means and I’m going to tell you I simply do not know. Every time I think we have yee hawed the last of the wild west out of this market, it just seems to get a little wilder. Hold on tight, because this bronco ain’t stopped buckin’ yet!

 *All information provided by KAAR (Knoxville Area Association of Realtors) and is for the greater Knoxville area including Knox County and surrounding counties. My opinions are just that: opinions. I'm not really an expert in anything, but I do like to write about real estate. 

Knoxville Home Sales Report: May 2019

Going up!

Going up!

Going down…

Going down…

….and skyrocketing.

….and skyrocketing.

DEEP THOUGHTS:

1. Inventory has fallen under the 3 month supply line yet again (it’s only happened one other time in the last decade or ever that I know of).
2. Closings are WAY up, accounting for the inventory shortage.
3. Active listings are up, but not able to meet the demand of active buyers.
4. Listing prices are up all the way around. The average price of a 3 BR home in May 2018 was $198,531. In 2019 it was $213,176.
5. Interest rates are actually slightly down and there are a lot of good loan programs out there.
6. My crystal ball is not always reliable. If you had asked me last year if the market could hold this long, I would have said no. It appears that all anything is possible this summer. Enjoy that magic seller’s market while it lasts!

 *All information provided by KAAR (Knoxville Area Association of Realtors) and is for the greater Knoxville area including Knox County and surrounding counties. My opinions are just that: opinions. I'm not really an expert in anything, but I do like to write about real estate. 

Knoxville Home Sales Report: April 2019

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DEEP THOUGHTS:

1. Inventory hit a new 10 year low (OMG YOU GUYS HOW LONG CAN THIS LOW INVENTORY THING LAST?).
2. Closings are up (OMG SPRING SELLING SEASON IS ON LIKE DONKEY KONG).
3. OMG YOU GUYS WHY ARE ACTIVE LISTINGS NOT GOING UP?
4. Prices are booming (OMG WHY AREN’T YOU GUYS LISTING?).
5. Interest rates are low and down payment assistant programs are still available (BUT OMG I CANNOT FIND A HOUSE TO BUY).
6. Real estate agents everywhere are trying to find houses for their well qualified buyers to buy. it’s going to be a long summer (OMG SERIOUSLY PLEASE LIST YOUR HOUSE).

 *All information provided by KAAR (Knoxville Area Association of Realtors) and is for the greater Knoxville area including Knox County and surrounding counties. My opinions are just that: opinions. I'm not really an expert in anything, but I do like to write about real estate. 

Knoxville Home Sales Report: March 2019

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DEEP THOUGHTS:

1. Inventory just got even lower #justlistit
2. Closings were slightly down year over year, but low inventory and active listings may have something to do with that. #justlistit
3. Active listings also went lower. Again, #justlistit
4. Prices are the only thing that are continuing to go up, all across the board. #sellersmarket
5. Interest rates are still very low and financing is easy to come by. If you can find a house, #justbuyit
6. It’s still a seller’s market, and we need more sellers. Call me, we’ll talk.

 *All information provided by KAAR (Knoxville Area Association of Realtors) and is for the greater Knoxville area including Knox County and surrounding counties. My opinions are just that: opinions. I'm not really an expert in anything, but I do like to write about real estate. 

Knoxville Home Sales Report: February 2019

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DEEP THOUGHTS:

2019 is definitely still a seller’s market so far. How long will it last? Let’s break it down:

1. Inventory is still super low and the good houses and deals are going super fast.
2. Closings are still in line with 2018 and 2009, meaning they are very strong.
3. Active listings were flat, but still very historically low.
4. Prices are WAY up. How up? In 2018, the average price of a 2 BR or smaller home was 124,770 and in 2019 the average price was 141,254 . Wowza!
5. I repeat: interest rates are holding steady and down payment assistance programs are still available.
6. The sun is finally out and and so are the buyers. Sellers, start your listing engines!

 *All information provided by KAAR (Knoxville Area Association of Realtors) and is for the greater Knoxville area including Knox County and surrounding counties. My opinions are just that: opinions. I'm not really an expert in anything, but I do like to write about real estate. 

Knoxville Home Sales Report: 2018 Recap

DEEP THOUGHTS:

One thing 2018 was great for was real estate. Let’s chat about it.

1. Inventory remained historically low pretty much all year.
2. Closings were slightly historically higher than 2017, but a lot more seasonally adjusted.  
3. Prices were up across the board from 2017
4. Interest rates went up slightly, but it didn’t appear to impact home sales.
5. All in all, 2018 was almost a carbon copy of 2017. I expect a lot more upheaval in 2019, especially depending on the length of the government shutdown and what the Fed decides to do with interest rates.

 *All information provided by KAAR (Knoxville Area Association of Realtors) and is for the greater Knoxville area including Knox County and surrounding counties. My opinions are just that: opinions. I'm not really an expert in anything, but I do like to write about real estate. 

Knoxville Home Sales Report: June 2018

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DEEP THOUGHTS:

It's been a minute since June, and we've all felt the market cool a bit. However, June was hotter than July (possibly). 

1. Inventory was still historically low, if flat month over month. 
2. Closings were still historically high, if flat month over month. 
3. Prices were WAY up in June. The average price for a 3 BR home went from about $173,000 to $199,000 year over year. 
4. So far closings have closely tracked just above 2017. It will be interesting to see if we have that somewhat seasonal July dip and that HUGE August jump this year as well.

 *All information provided by KAAR (Knoxville Area Association of Realtors) and is for the greater Knoxville area including Knox County and surrounding counties. My opinions are just that: opinions. I'm not really an expert in anything, but I do like to write about real estate. 

Knoxville Home Sales Report: May 2018

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Deep Thoughts

  • It's a sellers market.  Remember when we thought that would never happen again? #neverforget
  • Inventory is still at record lows and sales are still at record high, making it a race to get to the next new listing. 
  • The Fed just raised rates by a quarter point and the rumor is that the THDA $15,000 money could run out at any moment. We will see in June and July if those two factors affect this crazy market. 
  • Prices are way up across the board once again, meaning a lot of these listings are selling for at or over list price.   
  • Appraisals are starting to catch up with the market value wise, which is giving agents a chance to breathe a little. Just a little. 
  • Yes, the market is hot. Yes, Knoxville is growing. And yes, bubbles have burst before. The question is: is this a bubble or is this solid ground. Stay tuned...

 *All information provided by KAAR (Knoxville Area Association of Realtors) and is for the greater Knoxville area including Knox County and surrounding counties. My opinions are just that: opinions. I'm not really an expert in anything, but I do like to write about real estate. 

Knoxville Home Sales Report: April 2018

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Deep Thoughts

  • Is this a seller's market or the new normal? I'm seriously starting to wonder. 
  • Inventory continues to be issue number 1. Only homes with major condition or location issues are not going into multiple offer as soon as they hit the market. 
  • Rates are remaining steady under 5%, meaning it is most likely still cheaper to buy than rent (if you can find a house to buy(. 
  • Prices are up across the board again, which is no surprise with buyers competing over almost every single listing.   
  • Appraisals are still not a lot of fun and are causing agents and sellers to practice holding their breath. 
  • Again, I say, is this the new normal? With more and more people moving to Knoxville and with our attractions and infrastructure growing, we may be getting some big city real estate problems. 

 *All information provided by KAAR (Knoxville Area Association of Realtors) and is for the greater Knoxville area including Knox County and surrounding counties. My opinions are just that: opinions. I'm not really an expert in anything, but I do like to write about real estate. 

Knoxville Home Sales Report: March 2018

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Deep Thoughts

  • It's still a strong sellers market. Don't worry, buyers, this too shall pass. 
  • I have 99 problems, and only 1 listing. Seriously, there are no listings and that's making a lot of problems.  
  • The Fed bumped rates, but are still pretty low. However, they are saying they are going to get more aggressive raising them as the year goes on. Like I said, buyers, this too, shall pass. 
  • Prices are up across the board: supply, demand. You know the drill. 
  • Appraisers haven't quite gotten the supply/demand memo, and even though the market will bear higher prices, some appraisers are saying no.
  • All I know at this point is to expect the unexpected and anything goes. Should be a pretty fun Spring!

 *All information provided by KAAR (Knoxville Area Association of Realtors). My opinions are just that: opinions. I'm not really an expert in anything, but I do like to write about real estate. 

Knoxville Home Sales Report: February 2018

Knoxville Home Sales Report: February 2018

It's still cold outside, but the Spring Selling Season is upon us! Before we get excited about spring sales numbers, we still have to get in our Way Back Machine and take a look at what was happening in the greater Knoxville area in the recently released February 2018 home sales numbers from the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors (the kids call it KAAR). To the charts!

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Knoxville Home Sales Report: Year End 2017

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2017 Year End Deep Thoughts

  • It was the best of times...well, at least for sellers.  
  • Inventory was the story in 2017, as there really wasn't much of it. 
  • Rates stayed low throughout 2017, but we're already seeing some bumps in them in 2018. 
  • Anything went in 2017: multiple offers, homes selling before they ever went on the market, sellers refusing to do repairs, buyers crying when they couldn't find anywhere to live. 
  • Lower price ranges benefited the most from this bonanza, but some micro-markets were on fire in 2017 (I'm looking at you downtown/Parkridge). 
  • 2017 was one of the craziest markets I've ever lived through. Don't take that as a challenge, 2018. 

 *All information provided by KAAR (Knoxville Area Association of Realtors). My opinions are just that: opinions. I'm not really an expert in anything, but I do like to write about real estate. 

Knoxville Home Sales Report: September & October 2017

Knoxville Home Sales Report: September & October 2017

It's beginning to look a lot like...Christmas? How did that happen? Well, it's almost the end of the year, but we still have a lot of 2017 home sales news coming up. Today, let's get in the Way Back Machine and look at the September and October numbers while we wait for the November numbers to come out. To the charts!

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Knoxville Home Sales Report: July & August 2017

Knoxville Home Sales Report: July & August 2017

I literally can't even, you guys. First, it's almost August and it's 90 degrees outside (more or less). Second, these home sales numbers from the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors are INSANE IN THE MEMBRANE. Yes, they literally make me feel as though I do not, in fact, I have a brain. They are that hard to fathom. Don't believe me? Check the charts:

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Knoxville Home Sales Report: June 2017

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Deep Thoughts

  • Sales were literally almost off the chart in June. I'm going to need a bigger chart. 
  • Inventory was only slightly down month over month and active listings are flat, so homeowners definitely started listing their homes again in June, which is a good thing. 
  • Rates are still under 4% and THDA money is still available in several Knoxville area zip codes (37914, 37917, 37912, 37921, among others).
  • Multiple offers are the new black, and they are causing prices to go up.
  • Speaking of prices, they are way up all the way across the board, sometimes astonishingly so. I don't want to be "that agent," but with sales and prices skyrocketing up, I can't help but think that what comes up must go down...
  • Am I the only one on the edge of my seat about how the second half of this year is going to pan out? Will sales and prices keep going up? Will rates stay down? Will we finally find out who shot J.R.? Stay tuned! 

All information provided by KAAR (Knoxville Area Association of Realtors). My opinions are just that: opinions. I'm not really an expert in anything, but I do like to write about real estate. 

Knoxville Home Sales Report: May 2017

It's officially summer and the home sales are hot! That's right, the May Homes Sales Report numbers from the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors (my people call it KAAR) are here and the lines on those charts are interesting indeed. Want to see how the greater Knoxville area is besting national real estate trends? Let's go!

What's Hot

  • Sales : Holy dotted line, Batman! Those sales are busting out of the chart!
  • Prices: Up, up, and away! Prices are still on the rise. 
  • Appraisals: Keep the nerve pills coming: prices are rising faster than is normal and appraisers aren't always having it. 
  • Rates: Still under 5% for now, but the Fed is gonna do what the Fed is gonna do. 
  • THDA Grant Money: Still out there, still waiting for you first time buyers. 
  • Impulse Buying: Get it before it's gone.  

What's Not

  • Inventory: Again, keep the nerve pills coming. We are currently under a 4 month supply of housing stock. 
  • Affordable housing stock: OK, maybe I should switch to chamomile tea. It's hard to find, y'all. 
  • Overpricing: It's happening and it's not pretty. 
  • Waiting to list/make an offer: The time is now. Strike while the iron is hot!

Deep Thoughts

  • National sales may be up 1.1% month over month, but sales in the Greater Knoxville area were up 23% (twenty three percent). Talk about holy guacamole, that's a lot of avocados!
  • However...inventory in the greater Knoxville area was down 19% month over month vs. the national average of 8.4%. Again I say, sales can't keep going up with inventory going down even faster. Oh, June, you will be interesting, won't you?
  • Speaking of low inventory... Yes, it's a seller's market. Yes, home prices are up. No, homes will STILL not sell at irrational prices because of those factors. Trust me. There are homes sitting on the market because of pricing. 
  • We're in uncharted waters, you guys. And from the looks of these charts, we might need a bigger boat by July. 

All information provided by KAAR (Knoxville Area Association of Realtors). My opinions are just that: opinions. I'm not really an expert in anything, but I do like to write about real estate. 

Knoxville Home Sales Report: April 2017

Knoxville Home Sales Report: April 2017

We're almost halfway through the year, but the April home sales numbers are just now out for us to take a gander at, and boy howdy, do they tell a mighty interesting story! Let's all gather round Grandma Trotta while she tells the tale of the KAAR Greater Knoxville Area home sales numbers from April 2017!

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Knoxville Home Sales Report: Janurary 2017

Knoxville Home Sales Report: Janurary 2017

Nothing cooled down this winter, including the Greater Knoxville Area real estate market. The year ended on a great note in December, but let's take a look at how we're starting off 2017! Please to enjoy the following beautiful charts with data from the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors (nom de plume, KAAR). To the charts!

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