MTSU’s Housing Tennessee Report finds positive outcomes for economy in Q2 2021

Sep 28, 2021 at 07:48 am by WGNS


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — In a new economic report from Middle Tennessee State University, the state’s housing market continues to show signs of a continued recovery from the impact of COVID-19.

The MTSU Business and Economic Research Center’s statewide analysis for the second quarter “showed mostly positive outcomes,” with home sales increasing overall from the previous quarter and home prices up from the previous year across the state, noted report author Murat Arik, director of the BERC at MTSU.

“Housing prices for the U.S. and Tennessee seem to follow a pattern of exponential growth, while mortgage delinquencies inch closer to pre-pandemic levels, and foreclosures remain slightly above zero percent,” Arik said.

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• Home Sales: Closings for theNashville, Knoxville, and Memphis regions had mixed outcomes for the quarter and year. Nashville and Knoxville had decreases in quarterly closings of .01% and 17.6%, while Memphis saw a quarterly increase of 3.5%. When considering annual changes, all three regions in the state experienced growth: Nashville at 25.5%, Knoxville at 20%, and Memphis at 28%.

Inventory among the three regions almost uniformly decreased from both quarterly and yearly perspectives. Knoxville saw the only quarterly increase of 18.77%. 

Nashville and Memphis saw a quarterly decline in inventory by 16% and 3.26%, respectively. Annual changes were strictly negative among Nashville at 54.90%, Knoxville at 48.31%, and Memphis at 33.71%.

• Home Prices: Among the major metropolitan statistical areas in Tennessee, all saw increases in home prices. Morristown, Jackson, and Knoxville MSAs had the largest annual growth rate (16.71%, 15.3%, and 15.08%, respectively). All MSAs also saw an increase in home prices from the previous quarter. Morristown, Jackson, and Knoxville MSAs had quarterly growth (6.24%, 8.8%, and 6.8% respectively).

• Single-family and total home permits for Tennessee were more mixed. Single-family permits slightly fell by .2%, and total permits rose by 12% since Q1 2021. Both categories of permits saw significant increases since the second quarter of 2020. Single-family permits rose by 36% and total family permits rose by 44%.

Overall, with the exception of single-family permits, Tennessee’s economy is experiencing a continued recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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