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Skyline Report: NWA home sales reach record high, lot supply hits all-time low

The Skyline Report produced by Arvest Bank and the University of Arkansas shows nearly 9,657 homes were sold in 2019, the highest annual total in recent years.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Home prices in Northwest Arkansas have reached a record high, according to the latest Skyline Report put out by Arvest Bank and the University of Arkansas.

Experts say the demand for housing is still strong in both Washington and Benton counties.

Everywhere you look it appears as though there’s real estate construction on every corner, from commercial to multi-family units and single-family homes.

“The real estate market is booming. The real estate market has been consistent here in Northwest Arkansas, specifically, right now it’s at a great time to sell and also to buy," said Heather Campbell, a realtor with Weichert Realtors.

The Skyline Report shows 9,657 were sold in 2019, the highest annual total in recent years. Something cities are going to have to address soon to keep up with a growing population.

“The lots available for people to build houses on is a lot more expensive because there aren’t a whole lot of lots available. We’re talking about cities rezoning to make more land available," said Mervin Jebaraj, with the University of Arkansas.

Average home prices are up 38.6% since 2014. The number of building permits has also increased by about 77.1%, but the inventory of available lots is down 60.9% and the multi vacancy rate is 4.9%.

“Both commercial and residential is still a lot cheaper then say if you were on the coasts, but is on par with the base cities in our surrounding states," Jebaraj said.

While the low supply may pose some problems for potential homebuyers, interest rates are making it easier for families to realize their dream of owning a home.

“When you’re able to capitalize on that and capitalize on some of the down payment assistance and things like that now is a great time for first-time homebuyers to buy," Campbell said.

The Skyline Report began back in 2004.