Less than 2 months after the trendy Music Row Rhythm condos sold out, the Encore becomes the latest high-rise condo development to join the growing list of sold out developments. The 333 unit development, built in partnership between the Novare Group of Atlanta and Tony Giarratana of Nashville, broke ground in mid 2006 and was completed in the second quarter of 2008. In that first year of operation, 214 condos closed (64.26%) at an average price of $301.55 per square foot. As the economy grew weaker, so did the sales volume and pricing in the Encore reaching an all time low of 26 condos sold in 2010 (22 developer owned, 4 private resales). In 2011, the Encore turned the volume corner, but the developer allowed prices to slip to their lowest point by selling 36 condos (26 developer owned and 10 private resales) at an average price of $252.72 per square foot. Contributing to the 2011 price weakness is the fact that half of the resales were distressed sales.
Finite Supply Will Lead to Higher Condo Prices
Now that the developers have zero condos left to sell, true market forces will return to the Encore. Currently, there are 15 resale opportunities listed on the MLS which represents only 4.5% of the entire building. Of those 15 condos, 4 are MDHA income restricted condos leaving 11 market value resales. Of those 11 resales, 3 are currently under contract with another 2 working offers. Moreover, with an average asking price of $293.06, prices have already begun to increase rather significantly. Granted, the final sales price will not be as high as the average listing price, but it is clear that a finite supply of condos in the Encore will result in prices that will soon approach and surpass 2008 highs.
Encore Gains Multiple Retail Tenants
It has been several months since celebrated chef Deb Paquette announced her latest venture called Echo (now named Etch) in the Encore, but there are also two more restaurant/coffee tenants readying to make similar announcements. While I am not at liberty to name these tenants directly I can describe one as a high end sushi restaurant that features a rather large and trendy bar. This restaurant will be located next to Etch and be similar in size. The other tenant can be described as a successful local coffee and deli provider who is opening another location. There is no doubt that the impending completion of the billion dollar convention center and hotel complex will contribute to increased retail space leasing activity which in turn leads to an enhanced living experience in the Encore.
Advice and Recommendations
As a condo owner in the Encore and a broker who has represented more than 40 clients in the building, I am in the unique position of being the all time leading outside sales leader as well as an Encore insider. I have crunched the numbers and can steadfastly predict an increase in Encore condo prices over the next 2 years. Buyers who have been on the fence about a purchase in the Encore should have a sense of urgency. Sellers who are considering selling their condo, especially those on higher floors, need to understand the defined finite supply of condos and consider raising their asking prices to match the market. There are no new condo buildings under construction in Nashville and only the Laurel in the Gulch is planned to break ground at some point later this year.
Should you or someone you know be considering making a purchase or selling their condo in the Encore, please contact me. Having sold over 250 condos since 2006, I am the most successful condo broker in Nashville. Put my 10 years of experience to work for you and let me guide you to the most successful and profitable transaction possible.
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