One of the key questions that I’m asked by people is, what is my home worth today and how is the market doing in Northern Virginia? Here is the first step to answering that question by taking a look at the market data provided in the video below.
The surge in new contract activity last month translated into a rise in sales for November. Sales are higher than last year, but new contracts are down slightly compared to November 2011. This could be an early indication of tempered demand in the market. The inventory of homes for sale continues to shrink, and new listings remain at their lowest level in over a decade. The low supply is putting upward pressure on median sales prices around the region. Price gains have been most pronounced in the townhome segment, which has led in year-over-year growth for 3 consecutive months. Townhomes also lead all segments in sales growth, and active inventory declines, which indicates strong demand for these properties. As the year-end approaches, the market tends to slow down, which will likely equate to an even lower supply of homes for sale in the coming months. Buyer demand has been consistent, but seller participation in the market remains low. This is due to both economic uncertainty and potential equity losses in many areas. With the Federal Reserve’s September announcement of continued low interest rates through 2015, it is feasible that many buyers will wait it out until more options become available in the market. This could mean slower sales and stable prices in the near-term.