In a word, "Opportunity". The prospect of actually selling your house in Chattanooga is much greater than many parts of the country so more of us are doing it. With the job growth and (relatively) positive economy here home owners are selling their homes in a reasonable time and buying the home they need for their next 10-15 years. It may be that in Overland Park, many people just do not try if their prospect of selling is low.
On a second note, the mild climate in Eastern Tennessee keeps the market moving where most colder climates such as Eastern Kansas close up shop for the bitter Winter.
I know from experience - I grew up in Chattanooga, but lived in the Kansas City area when the KC Chiefs drafted me in 1984.
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