Strangers are knocking on doors and calling phones across the Nashville region, but they aren’t selling anything. They want to buy something — your house.
Realtors under pressure to find homes for clients who are ready to buy are looking for homeowners who are ready to sell. The problem is, there simply aren’t enough homes for sale to meet demand.
“The market continues to get tighter and tighter and tighter,” said Keller Williams Realtor Roger Poulin, who recently spent an afternoon knocking on doors in East Nashville’s Lockeland Springs neighborhood.
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“Half the people I talked with told me, ‘You’re about the 50th person who’s knocked on my door,’” he said. “It’s a trend.”
The problem is simple arithmetic. During the first half of last year, 23,477 homes were actively listed for sale in the multi-county region. This year, there were 20,809. There were 2,668 fewer homes on the market, said Ryan Turbeville, a Realtor with the Ashton Group of RE/MAX Advantage.
With fewer choices on the market, Realtors have to get creative.
“A lot of it’s old school, door knocking, that sort of thing. It still works,” said Turbeville.
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