Nashville housing inventory improves
A post-pandemic housing shortage has been a top driver keeping prices high in Nashville and nationwide.
- But a bump in new home construction in Nashville, which far exceeds national building rates, could ease prices and stabilize the market — it's basic supply and demand.
By the numbers: More than 108 new homebuilding permits per 100,000 residents were issued in the Nashville area this May, up from about 88 in May 2020 — the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Of the 2,132 total permits, 1,492 were issued for single-family homes and 629 were for those with five or more units.
- That's per a new analysis of Census Bureau data from Axios' Kavya Beheraj and Alex Fitzpatrick.
Zoom in: A modest inventory uptick in Nashville has already helped relieve some pressure on the historically hot housing market.
- Inventory stood at 9,594 in the greater Nashville area last month, compared to 7,370 in June 2022, according to Greater Nashville Realtors.
- The median price for a residential single-family home in the greater Nashville area was $474,900 last month compared to $495,070 in June 2022.
What they're saying: "For the qualified buyer, the stabilization of home prices in 2023 combined with increased inventory makes now the most buyer-friendly market we have seen in Middle Tennessee in several years," Brad Copeland, Greater Nashville Realtors president, said in a statement.
Reality check: Even though Nashville's inventory has improved compared to pandemic low points, it still lags behind the June 2019 total of 11,610.
State of play: While many newly built homes have targeted (and thus been priced for) relatively wealthier buyers, builders nationally are starting to focus on more affordable projects for first-time homebuyers, per Axios' Matt Phillips.
Yes, but: "There's little sign of a Levittown-style surge of modest-home construction to magically solve the inventory problem any time soon," Matt writes.
- Plus, mortgage rates remain relatively high.
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