BERC housing report: Q1 permits up, foreclosures a...

BERC housing report: Q1 permits up, foreclosures at 16-year low

Tennessee’s housing market got off to a strong start in the first quarter of the year with year-over-year growth in housing permits and home prices, according to the latest statewide housing report from the MTSU Business and Economic Research Center.

Dr. Murat Arik

Dr. Murat Arik

“With the lowest unemployment rate in more than a decade and state vacancy rates at pre-recession levels, market conditions are very favorable,” said BERC Director Murat Arik.

Report highlights include the following:

  • One of the strongest points for the first quarter was the rise in Tennessee’s housing prices, the report states. For the first time in a few years, Tennessee’s housing price growth of 6 percent surpassed the national rate of 5.4 percent. The increase was particularly strong in the Nashville MSA, where housing prices rose nearly 9 percent over the year.
  • Housing construction permits for single-family homes dropped slightly (down 3 percent) from the fourth quarter of 2015, but remained significantly higher year over year (up 17 percent). Total permits were up 2 percent from the previous quarter and 44 percent year over year.
  • Inventory fell and home sales rose in the top three metro areas of Memphis, Nashville and Knoxville.
  • Foreclosure rates stayed at 0.37 percent and mortgages past due dropped 0.8 percentage points to 5.5 percent, both 16-year lows.

THDA logo-horiz_webThe report, which is funded by the Tennessee Housing Development Agency, provides regular metrics on the state’s housing market. See the full latest report and previous reports with detailed breakdowns and summaries at

Under contract with the THDA, MTSU’s BERC releases the “Tennessee Housing Market” report each quarter.

The report offers an overview of the state’s economy as it relates to the housing market and includes data on employment, housing construction, rental vacancy rates, real estate transactions and mortgages, home sales and prices, delinquencies and foreclosures.

MTSU BERC logoThe Business and Economic Research Center operates under the Jennings A. Jones College of Business at MTSU. For more information, visit

The THDA publishes research on affordable housing, its programs and beneficiaries and also coordinates state planning for housing through the Consolidated Planning process, annual Action Plans, and annual Performance Reports.  See for more information.

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