July Saw Increase in Median Sale Price in Most of Washington, D.C. Region

August 27, 2021
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An increase in median sales price was once again experienced throughout most of the Washington, D.C. region in July, according to the Long & Foster Real Estate Market Minute Report.

Last July, the median sale price for Washington, D.C. homes was $641,000. This July, the median sale price was $653,250, an increase of 2% or $12,250 compared to last year. The July 2021 median sale price is 7% lower than it was in June 2021.

Overall, there was a year-over-year 13% decrease in total units sold in July. Homes sold quickly ranging from 8 to 49 days on the market.

The Long & Foster Real Estate Market Minute report provides data for 15 neighborhood areas within Washington, D.C.

With reports of inventory gradually coming back and bidding wars becoming slightly less common, we asked Larry “Boomer” Foster, president of Long & Foster Real Estate, what buyers and sellers should expect. 

“Real estate is hyper-local, and we are coming off of all-time lows in inventory that have been decreasing for four to five years,” said Foster.  “Only around the D.C. area have we seen favorable inventory changes, with the most significant influx of homes coming on the market in Northern Virginia.” He added that although median sale prices have increased by an average of 20% over the last year in our market, 30-year fixed rates are still under 3%.  Even with this appreciation, consumers can buy homes with these low interest rates, since they buy payment, rather than price.

For sellers, there will have to be a change of mindset.  “If a house showed well and was in decent shape, we saw up to 10 offers and a waiving of contingencies. This pushed list prices up – sometimes dramatically – which is very abnormal,” Foster said.  “As we get back into a normalized market, we will again see a home get a few offers, but nothing like we just saw.”

Foster mentioned that appraisal, financing, and home inspection contingencies are starting to come back, which is healthy. These actions provide more protection for buyers but does not disadvantage the seller.  “As far as staging and house prep, putting elbow grease into your home is still necessary,” Foster said.  “Buyers are getting more finicky; they used to have a vision, but now everyone wants move-in ready. They don’t have the time nor capital to invest in renovations and want to move in and start living.”

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