The Atlanta Fed's SouthPoint offers commentary and observations on various aspects of the region's economy.
The blog's authors include staff from the Atlanta Fed’s Regional Economic Information Network and Public Affairs Department.
Postings are weekly.
Southeast housing update: Recent Atlanta Fed poll shows home sales up in January
The Federal Reserve of Atlanta's monthly poll of regional residential real estate brokers indicated that home sales continued to improve in January. Southeastern broker reports indicated that sales in January rose slightly ahead of the year-earlier level. The majority of brokers reported that sales were flat to slightly up in January. Some contacts in Alabama and Tennessee reported that winter storms dampened January sales.
Gains among Southeastern brokers were largely driven by Florida brokers—more than half in that state reported year-over-year gains.
Some early reports on January sales activity from around the region confirm gains among Florida markets while reports from Tennessee contacts were mixed.January 2011 Home Sales, Year-Over-Year Percent Change
|Northeast Florida Association of Realtors||7.8|
|Orlando Regional Realtors Association||7.1|
|Greater Nashville Association of Realtors||6.6|
|Knoxville Area Association of Realtors||–13.6|
|Source: FRBA business contact poll|
Contacts from across the region continue to report downward pressure on home prices from short-sales, real-estate-owned sales, and pending foreclosures. Two-thirds of brokers and nearly half of builders reported annual home price declines in January. Distressed property sales appear to be a driver of home sales in Florida markets, particularly in the condominium market. The Orlando Regional Realtors Association reported that 75 percent of January home sales were distressed sales. Orlando condominium sales increased 26 percent from a year earlier, with condos priced under $50,000 accounting for more than half of sales. Similarly, the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors reported that lender-mediated or distressed sales accounted for 59 percent of sales in January, a new high.
Southeastern homebuilders reported that they were unable to raise home prices despite rising material costs.
Despite the absence of a housing stimulus that was in place last year, the overall outlook among Southeastern brokers continued to improve in January, while close to half of builders expect flat sales over the next several months.
Note: January poll results are based on responses from 105 residential brokers and 49 homebuilders and were collected February 7–16, 2011.
The housing poll's diffusion indexes are calculated as the percentage of total respondents reporting increases minus the percentage reporting declines. Positive values in the index indicate increased activity while negative values indicate decreased activity.
By Whitney Mancuso, a senior analyst in the Atlanta Fed's research department
TrackBack URL for this entry:
Listed below are links to blogs that reference Southeast housing update: Recent Atlanta Fed poll shows home sales up in January:
- O Manufacturing, Is Winter Thy Enemy?
- New Orleans Area Optimistic Heading into 2015
- Florida's Job Report Shines Bright
- Will Retail Sector Maintain GDP Momentum?
- A Timely Talk with Energy Professionals
- A Closer Look at Earnings in the Southeast
- Has Southeast Manufacturing Found Some Optimism?
- WHAT WAS I THINKING?!?!
- Southeast Commercial Construction Continues Gathering Steam
- Employment Momentum Grows in Florida and the Retail Sector
- January 2015
- December 2014
- November 2014
- October 2014
- September 2014
- August 2014
- July 2014
- June 2014
- May 2014
- April 2014
- Banks and banking
- Beige Book
- Business Cycles
- Commodity Prices
- Consumer Savings
- Data Releases
- Disaster recovery
- Economic conditions
- Economic Growth and Development
- Economic Indicators
- Fiscal Policy
- Gulf Coast
- Health Care
- Holiday Sales
- Labor Markets
- Local Economic Analysis and Research Network (LEARN)
- Monetary Policy
- Natural Disasters
- New Orleans
- Oil Spill
- Real Estate
- Sales Tax