Northern Virginia Sees Increased Number of Homes Sold in May 2016

June 23, 2016

Market Minute LogoThe month of May resulted in an increase in home sales, 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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In May, the number of homes sold increased throughout the region compared to last year. In Prince William County, the number of homes sold increased by 11 percent over the previous year, while it rose by 10 percent in Fairfax County. Loudoun County saw the number of homes sold increase by 8 percent, and both Arlington County and Alexandria City experienced a 3 percent increase.

Median sale prices increased in most places in the Northern Virginia region, with both Alexandria City and Prince William County experiencing 3 percent increases, followed by Loudoun County with a 2 percent increase. In Fairfax County, the median sale price rose by 1 percent, while it dropped by 5 percent in Arlington County.

Active inventory decreased throughout the region in May when compared to the prior year. Prince William County saw inventory decline by 30 percent, and in Loudoun County it fell by 21 percent. Alexandria City experienced an 18 percent drop in inventory and in Fairfax County active inventory decreased by 13 percent. Arlington County saw an 8 percent drop in inventory.

Homes in the region sold within about a month or less on average, according to May data. In Loudoun County the days on market (DOM) average was 27 days, and Fairfax County had a DOM of 28 days. Prince William County experienced a DOM average of 29 days, and Alexandria City and Arlington County saw DOMs of 31 days and 33 days, respectively.

“May was a good month for the real estate industry overall this year, as well as in the Northern Virginia region. Mortgage rates remain at historic lows and consumer confidence hit its highest since June 2015 last month,” said Jeffrey S. Detwiler, chief operating officer of The Long & Foster Companies. “These developments, along with other positive economic news, indicate the strength of the real estate market, which we expect to continue to do well throughout the summer.”

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