Nashville-area homes sales essentially flat in June

Nashville-area homes sales were essentially flat in June, according to new data from the Greater Nashville Realtors. Prices, however, are close to reaching a new milestone.

There were 3,887 homes sold last month, up 0.4 percent from June 2016.

In a news release, Greater Nashville Realtors President Scott Troxel called the flat sales “no surprise given the current disparity between supply and demand in the market.”

Single-family homes sold in June for a median price of $293,753, up from $260,148 a year ago. Condo units sold for a median price of $199,350, up from $186,495.

The median single-family sales price in Nashville in May of this year was $279,142. If the median sales price goes up by a similar amount during July, that would push it beyond the $300,000 mark. For comparison, Nashville’s median sales price hit $200,000 for the first time in June of 2013.

There were 3,914 properties under contract at the end of June, compared with 3,863 pending sales a year ago. The total inventory of available homes, condos and lots at the end of June stood at 8,842, compared to 9,865 a year ago.

The Nashville-area ended the second quarter with 11,155 closings, up 2.8 percent from a year ago, making it the strongest second-quarter on record for the market.

“The last time our market performed this well in the second quarter was 2006, with 11,046 closings,” Troxel said. “We’re a few units short of being ahead of midyear 2006, but with half a year left for sales, I suspect we’ll come close to the 2006 record of more than 40,000 annual closings.”

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The top 20 home design trends of 2017

What sellers and stagers should know about the trends ahead

by Marian McPherson Staff Writer – INMAN

  • 2017’s home design trends are all about creating lush spaces by taking traditional designs and making them modern with unique color, texture and material choices.
  • As far as color, experts suggest grays with warm beige undertones for living rooms and kitchens, and bold reds and rich caramels for bedrooms.
  • When it comes to remodeling, homeowners are favoring upgrades that make day-to-day life more convenient and luxurious.

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As the new year approaches, everyone is looking for ways to improve their lives — whether it’s shedding a few pounds, taking on a new hobby or completely revamping their living space for renewed inspiration.

Take note: The next year’s home trends call for lush colors, plush textures and modernistic takes on traditional designs that make the perfect environment to create a “new you.” (Or for staging a buyer’s new home!)

Although it may not be advisable to incorporate all these trends into a home you’re trying to sell, HomeAdvisor Chief Economist Brad Hunter says Realtors can use the following trends to help buyers imagine how a potential new home could look.

“Ideas for changing color schemes, updating countertops and undertaking more significant remodels can be mentioned while showing the home, depending upon the body language and comments the shopper is making,” said Hunter.

Furthermore, he noted that 2017’s trending renovations, such as “human docking stations” and “shedquarters” — along with upgrades, such as new appliances, countertops and cabinets — can help a home get sold quickly and at a higher price. Score!

Traditional kitchens with a twist

1. Built-in bars

Bring the party home with a sleek built-in bar.

The trend, which is a twist on 2016’s bar cart trend, is the perfect addition for homeowners who love to entertain. The bars add instant pizzazz to an otherwise traditional kitchen, plus offer built-in shelving for cocktail fixings, drinks, glasses and everything you’ll need for a ritzy night in.

2. Contrasting islands

Is a built-in bar a little over-the-top for you? Then a colorful island is a simple substitute that offers extra room for mixing drinks and whipping up tasty snacks for family and friends.

The key to nailing this trend and making it modern is choosing a contrasting color. Have a kitchen with a lot of warm hues? Choose an island in a cool shade, as seen in the photo below.

3. Colored island plus colored fridge

Feeling colorful? Add a 1950s-style fridge in a vibrant hue to your kitchen.

Read the rest of of his article on INMAN