Much of Northern Virginia Sees Increased Number of Homes Sold in September 2015

October 18, 2015

Market Minute LogoMost of the Northern Virginia region experienced increases in the number of homes sold in September, 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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Compared to September 2014, the number of units sold increased in the majority of the Northern Virginia region, including a 27 percent jump in Alexandria city. Prince William County experienced a 12 percent increase, while Arlington County saw a 9 percent increase and Fairfax County enjoyed an 8 percent increase. The number of homes sold in Loudoun County decreased by 6 percent.

Median sale prices in the Northern Virginia region varied compared to September 2014, with Arlington County seeing an increase of 6 percent followed by Alexandria City with an increase of 4 percent. Fairfax County experienced a 3 percent increase, Prince William County experienced a 2 decrease and Loudoun County saw a 3 percent decline.

Inventory also varied within the region, with Loudoun County seeing a decrease of 10 percent and Prince William County experiencing a 5 percent decrease. Alexandria City saw a 3 percent drop in active inventory compared to the previous year, and Arlington and Fairfax counties experienced increases of 1 percent and 6 percent, respectively.

Homes have continued to sell at a quick pace throughout Northern Virginia, according to September data. Alexandria City experienced a days on market average of 37 days and Arlington County experienced an average DOM of 39 days. Prince William County saw an average DOM of 41 days. Other areas saw DOM averages of 42 days to 45 days.

“Though many are still concerned for economic growth in China, The United States economy is continuing to grow and the job market is steadily improving. The stability in the U.S. was also reflected in the real estate market, including locally,” said Jeffrey S. Detwiler, president and chief operating officer of The Long & Foster Companies. “In the Northern Virginia region, we continued to see improvements in the number of homes sold and sale prices, and we anticipate a healthy last few months of 2015.”

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