NE TN home sales, prices continue increasing

Northeast Tennessee’s housing market continued its robust recovery for the initial COVID-19 economic shock in August. Home sales were up 9.4%, and the average sales price was an 8 % increase from August last year.

There were 792 resale closings – 68 more than last year. The average sales price of $212,079 was a $15,626 improvement over last year.

Townhome/condominium resales were unchanged from last year. There were 61 closings, and the average sales price was $146,998, up 4.5 % from August last year.

“Our housing market has continued it’s record-breaking pace in an economy that in many ways is struggling to regain its footing,” said Northeast Tennessee Association of Realtors (NETAR) President Kristi Bailey. “And since sellers accepted a record number of new contracts, it looks like September will be a record-level quarter.”   

The 11-county region monitored by NETAR’s Trends Report had 2.4 months of inventory in August. Five months is the minimum for balanced estate market conditions.

“There was a small increase in new listings that came on the market in August, but inventory continues to be absorbed as fast as it appears,” Bailey said. “The number of active listing was down 44 % from August last year. Homes also spent less time on the market than they have during any other month since 2008. The average single-family resale that closed last month was on the market for 98 days. The average time on the market for a townhome/condo resale was 64 days. And those are averages skewed higher by the homes that linger on the market. Half of all closings were on the market 57 or fewer days.”

Sellers continue to call the shots in this market that is outperforming historical standards. August’s average listing price was $294,908, up 14.6 % from last year. The median sales price was $180,000, up 12.5 % ($20,000) from last year.

NETAR’s Trends Report reflects housing market conditions in Carter, Greene, Hawkins, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington counties in NE Tenn. and Scott, Lee, Wise, and Washington counties in SW Virginia. It also includes market data from the region’s primary city markets.

EDITORS – The city and county level monthly and year-to-date closings and avg. sales price data behind this report is available  by emailing

NETAR is the voice for real estate in Northeast Tennessee. It is the largest trade association in the Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia region, representing over 1,600+ members and 100+ business partners involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries. Weekly market reports and information for both consumers and members are available on the NETAR website at