Feb 201717

Home Sales Rise in Much of Northern Virginia in January 2017

Feb 201717

Home Sales Rise in Much of Northern Virginia in January 2017

Market Minute LogoNearly the entire Northern Virginia region experienced an increase in the number of homes sold in January, according to the Long & Foster Market Minute reports. The Northern Virginia market includes the city of Alexandria and Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties. The Long & Foster Market Minute reports are based on data provided by Metropolitan Regional Information System and its member associations of Realtors and include residential real estate transactions within specific geographic regions, not just Long & Foster sales.

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The number of homes sold increased in most parts of the Northern Virginia region in January, with Alexandria City experiencing a 30 percent increase, followed by Prince William County with a 10 percent increase. In Arlington County, the number of homes sold rose by 7 percent, while it rose by 2 percent in Fairfax County. In Loudoun County, the number of homes sold last month fell by 2 percent.

Median sale prices varied in the Northern Virginia region in January, with Fairfax County experiencing a 4 percent increase and Loudoun County experiencing a 3 percent increase. In Prince William County and Alexandria City, the median sale price decreased by 1 percent and 4 percent, respectively, and it decreased by 8 percent in Arlington County.

Active inventory fell throughout the Northern Virginia region last month when compared to January 2016. In Loudoun County, active inventory decreased by 29 percent, and in Prince William County, it fell by 28 percent. Active inventory decreased by 20 percent in Fairfax County, and in Alexandria City and Arlington County, it declined by 17 percent and 15 percent, respectively.

Homes in the region sold within about six to eight weeks on average, according to January data. In both Arlington and Prince William counties, the days on market (DOM) average was 45 days, followed by Loudoun County with a DOM average of 48 days. Fairfax County had a DOM average of 50 days in January, and in Alexandria City the DOM average was 52 days.

“Though we’re still in the real estate market’s slow winter season, the United States economy continued to see improvements in January, and we saw positive trends happening in housing too, including in the Northern Virginia region,” said Jeffrey S. Detwiler, chief operating officer of The Long & Foster Companies. “Low inventory continues to cause frustration for many, but is helping to push up sale prices for those selling homes. We’re looking forward to a healthy spring market.”

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