Tri-Cities April foreclosure filing up sharply

By DON FENLEY Tri-Cities foreclosure filings have steadily increased this year and in April more than tripled what they were a year ago. According to RealtyTrac’s April Foreclosure Report there were 163 new filings last month compared to 48 the same month last year. The bulk of the filings continue to be Notice of Trustee […]

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Two Tri-Cities counties show 2014 population growth

  By DON FENLEY Population decreased in four of the six Tri-Cities Tennessee counties last year. Here’s the 2013 – 2014 population change according the Census data: Washington Co. – up 681. Sullivan – up 353. Carter – down 445. Johnson – down 118. Unicoi – down 114. Hawkins – down 96.    

Johnson City MSA adds population – Kingsport-Bristol declines

By DON FENLEY The Tri-Cities’ population grew by 912  April 1, 2010 – July 1, 2014  due to  growth in the three-county Johnson City MSA negating losses in the four-county Kingsport-Bristol MSA. The growth was driven by migration to the region since the death rates in both regions is greater than the birth rate. Census […]


Kingsport-Bristol leads NE TN MSAs in sales tax collections decline

By DON FENLEY Kingsport-Bristol led Northeast East Tennessee MSAs in an adjusted sales tax collections decline in March. It was the second straight monthly decline for Kingsport-Bristol, according to the Business and Economic Research Center at MTSU. At the same time the three-county Johnson City outperformed the other Northeast Tennessee MSA in that its declines […]

q1 2015

A little shine comes off local home flip market in Q1

By DON FENLEY Some of the shine came off house flipping in the Tri-Cities during the first three months of this year. But Sullivan and Washington counties’ share of flipped homes remains on par with the national average. Flippers in the two largest county markets – Sullivan and Washington TN – made money, but the […]

Mar 2015

Tri-Cities’ MSAs home prices up in March, continue roller coaster performance

 By DON FENLEY The Tri-Cities’ two Home Price Indices turned higher in March in a continuation of the roller coaster performance  that began November last year. According to CoreLogic’s March report: JOHNSON CITY MSA – Home prices, including distressed sales, increased 2% compared to March 2014. On a month-over-month basis there were up 1.7% compared […]

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Tri-Cities leads East Tennessee in Q1 commercial construction permits

By DON FENLEY Permits for new commercial construction in the Tri-Cities increased during the first three months of 2015 while permits in the other East Tennessee regions declined. According to the Market Edge, the number of local permits were up 25%  compared to Q1  last year. During the same period permits declined in the Knoxville […]

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Washington Co. TN, VA and Greene Co. tie for Q1 high-end home bragging rights

By DON FENLEY There’s not quite like the availability or construction of high-end homes to get housing discussion in gear. According to the Market Edge’s Q1 new residential permits there’s a three-way tie for counties with these coveted new homes. High-end homes are defined in the report are those with 4,000 or more square feet […]

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