Closings of new homes in the Jackson, TN market sank year-over-year in April, but the decline was less than the year-over-year decline in March. New home closings moved from 5 a year earlier to 3 after the figure moved from 3 in March 2015 to 1 in March 2016.
A total of 45 new homes were sold during the 12 months that ended in April, down from 47 for the year that ended in March.
On a percentage basis, new home closings as a part of total closings decreased to 1.9% from 3.1% a year earlier. Closings of new and existing homes declined year-over-year in April after also falling in March year-over-year.
Pricing and Mortgage Trends
The average new home value went from $252,140 last year to $374,467. This was on the heels of a 28.6% drop in March from a year earlier.
From the year-ago figure of $226,041, the average mortgage size on new homes moved up to $316,053. Average mortgage size on new homes went from $225,613 in March 2015 to $151,920 in March 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 April 2016.
Foreclosures and real estate owned (REO) closings continued to fall from a year earlier in April, but did not look to be a burden on the market. Together, foreclosures plus REO closings made up 23.4% of existing home closings, down from 27.2% a year earlier. The percentage of existing home closings involving foreclosures fell to 12.7% in April from 15.2% a year earlier while REO closings as a percentage of existing home closings dropped to 10.8% from 12.0% a year earlier.