Buyers were out looking for homes in February but found a lot less to choose from compared to a year earlier. The number of homes for sale fell between 14 percent and 22 percent in Fredericksburg and four surrounding counties.
Median sale prices increased in Stafford and Culpeper County, but decreased in Caroline and Spotsylvania counties and the city of Fredericksburg. Home sales were brisk across most of the region, where the market favors sellers.
“In real estate, like the stock market, you like to buy low and sell high,” said Larry “Boomer” Foster, president of Long & Foster Real Estate. “If you sell your house today, at most price points you’re going to be selling high. You could make some money.”
Year-over-year price increases throughout the Mid-Atlantic are generally in the single-digit, 4 to 5 percent range, which is far from the run-up seen during the real estate bubble 10 years ago, Foster said.
The market is good for sellers who have lived in their homes for a few years and want to downsize or buy a move-up home, he said. If homeowners can find another home they want, they stand to realize tax-sheltered capital gains from selling.
Although many buyers are out looking, Foster said it’s more important than ever for a seller to choose a real estate professional to market their home and get the best price.
“Having a skilled Long & Foster agent to negotiate on your behalf will likely end up netting you more money,” Foster said. “You want a professional to price your home correctly, to expose it to the marketplace and to drum up maximum demand. What matters is the amount you put in your pocket when the sale goes through.”
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