Closings of new homes climbed year-over-year in May in the Jackson, TN market, rebounding from a year-over-year decline in April 2016. New home closings moved from 3 a year earlier to 5 after the figure moved from 5 in April 2015 to 3 in April 2016.

A total of 47 new homes were sold during the 12 months that ended in May, up from 45 for the year that ended in April.

New home closings were 5 out of the 191 total closings, a move on a percentage basis from 3 of 165 a year earlier. After dropping in April from a year earlier, closings of new and existing homes increased year-over-year in May.

Pricing and Mortgage Trends

The average value of newly sold homes in May 2016 was $217,110, down from last year's $241,233. This came after a 48.5% surge in April year-over-year.

The average mortgage size on new homes was $189,224, up from $182,913. Average mortgage size on new homes went from $226,041 in April 2015 to $316,053 in April 2016.

Other Market Trends

There was no change in the composition of the new home market with regard to the types of properties sold in May 2016.

The average unit size of newly sold homes fell from 2,519 square feet a year earlier to 2,067 square feet.

Foreclosures and real estate owned (REO) closings continued to rise in May from a year earlier and remained a burden on the market. Foreclosures and REO closings, taken together, represented 29.6% of existing home closings, higher than 29.0% a year earlier. The percentage of existing home closings involving foreclosures declined to 12.4% in May from 15.4% a year earlier while REO closings as a percentage of existing home closings grew to 17.2% from 13.6%.

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