Feb 201621

Much of Northern Virginia Sees Increased Median Sale Prices in January 2016

Feb 201621

Much of Northern Virginia Sees Increased Median Sale Prices in January 2016

Market Minute LogoMost of the Northern Virginia real estate market saw an increase in median sale price 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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Median sale prices increased in much of the Northern Virginia region compared to January 2015, with Arlington County seeing an increase of 14 percent. In Loudoun County, the median sale price rose by 6 percent, while it increased by 1 percent in both Fairfax and Prince William counties. Alexandria City saw its median sale price decline by 4 percent.

In January, the number of homes sold varied throughout the Northern Virginia region. In Loudoun County, the number of homes sold increased by 6 percent over the previous year, followed by a 4 percent increase in Fairfax County. Arlington County saw the number of homes sold fall by 1 percent, while other areas experienced decreases of 2 percent to 23 percent.

Active inventory decreased in most of the region, with Prince William County seeing a 20 percent drop, followed by Loudoun County with an 18 percent decline. In Alexandria City, active inventory decreased by 5 percent, and in Arlington County it decreased by 4 percent. Fairfax County experienced an increase of 1 percent.

Homes continued to sell at a steady pace throughout Northern Virginia, according to January data. Homes in both Arlington County and Alexandria City had a days on market (DOM) average of 52 days, and Fairfax County had a DOM of 57 days. Loudoun County experienced a DOM average of 60 days, and Prince William County saw a DOM average of 64 days.

“So far this year, the overall economic fundamentals continue to support a strong housing market in the United States, though there have been short-term hurdles, including last month’s blizzard,” said Jeffrey S. Detwiler, chief operating officer of The Long & Foster Companies. “Affordability will likely remain high and mortgage rates are likely to stay steady or perhaps increase slightly this year, and we expect to see some good things happening in the Northern Virginia region real estate market for 2016.”

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