Fayetteville Arkansas, University of Arkansas--Old Main Overview

Fayetteville Arkansas, University of Arkansas--Old Main Overview
Overview of Fayetteville, AR

Monday, March 12, 2007

January Home Prices Declined in Northwest Arkansas

According to an article in the business section of the Morning News last Monday, home prices began sliding down in Benton County (decrease of almost 6%) in January with a significant drop in sales (down 19.69% from January of 2006). At the same time, while average prices in Washington County also decreased by 11%, the number of sales increased by 8.28% compared to January of last year.

This is a good-news/bad-news scenario for Northwest Arkansas, depending on whether you are a buyer or a seller of a home. For sellers, it means that they may not be able to sell their home at the price they might have hoped had the market continued rising at the same pace as during the past several years. For buyers, it means that with lower prices, they might be able to get a nicer home in their price range, and perhaps more people will now be able to consider purchasing a home.

A positive trend, not mentioned in the article, is that an increasing supply of more modestly-prices homes has contributed to the decrease in the average price of homes sold. This is good news, since it means that builders have finally seen the light and started building more affordable homes. This is also good news for buyers who haven’t been able to afford a new home because prices for such homes were so high. For example, there are now new homes being built in Fayetteville for less than $150K (only 2 subdivisions so far, but hey, it’s a start). This price for a new home hasn’t been seen for several years in Fayetteville. And this trend also exists in other communities in NW Arkansas.

According to Kathy Deck of the U of A Center for Business and Economic Research, the decline in home sales could be the beginning of the kind of corrections which have been occurring elsewhere in the nation. Until recently the NW Arkansas real estate market has largely been immune to these trends.

For more specific data on the January Arkansas Home Sale figures, the Morning News article can be seen at:


To view a copy of Judy’s Market Report for 2006, write her an email at judy@judyluna.com

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