Buying a house in Nashville is easier, but not cheaper
The Nashville metro area's real estate market is starting to level off, according to the latest data from Redfin/MLS.
Why it matters: After two-plus years of plummeting inventory and sky-high home prices, Nashville-area buyers have waited a long time for a little relief.
What's happening: Mortgage rates started to surge in May and have since passed 6%.
- The market has changed significantly since then.
By the numbers: Median home sales prices dropped from $467,000 to $450,000 from May to September.
- Inventory is up 72.3% since May.
- Homes are selling more slowly: They sold in 17 days on average in May. In September, the average number of days on market was 39.
- Fewer homes are selling above the list price. 19% of homes sold above list price in September, compared to 54.6% in May.
- In September, 33.4% of listings dropped their asking price, up 12.4 percentage points since May.
Yes, but: Monthly mortgage payments are significantly more expensive than they were a year ago, meaning that buying a home isn't getting cheaper.
Flash forward: But there are some indications things could shift even more. A forecast from Moody's Analytics says Nashville home prices could fall 20% from their peak prices this summer, driven in part by surging interest rates.
- Moody's forecast calls for a 10% price drop nationwide.
The other side: Steve Jolly, president of Greater Nashville Realtors, tells Axios that prices are still up year-over-year, according to his organization's data. They've only fallen from earlier in 2022.
- If prices continue to drop, he doesn't think they'll fall that severely. He points to the Great Recession in 2008, when Nashville home prices dipped less than the national average.
- "Nashville's always done better than the nation as a whole," Jolly says of previous downturns.
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