Jun 201928

Number of Homes Sold Rose in Richmond Real Estate Market in May

Jun 201928

Number of Homes Sold Rose in Richmond Real Estate Market in May

Market Minute Logo 2019 smallThe Richmond region saw an increase in the number of homes sold in May, according to the Long & Foster Real Estate Market Minute report. Goochland County experienced the highest jump with an 18% increase followed by both Chesterfield and Henrico counties with 11%. The median sale price rose by 9% in Chesterfield County, showed no change in Hanover County, and declined in other areas. Active inventory fell across the region, ranging from a 6% decline in Richmond City to a 23% decline in Henrico County.  

The Long & Foster Real Estate Market Minute report for the Richmond region includes ChesterfieldHenricoGoochland and Hanover counties, and the city of Richmond 

Richmond Market Minute Chart May 2019

Inventory continues to remain low in many markets throughout the country, and while it’s affecting home sales in many areas, that wasn’t the case in Richmond region in May. 

“In general, today’s home buyer wants a home that is updated and like-new, even if it’s not new,” said Gary Scott, president of Long & Foster Real Estate. “Many people can’t afford new homes, so the scarcity of affordable homes will continue until we can provide quality construction that is affordable.” 

Home flipping seems to be on the rise due to people making money in the recent rise of the stock market and wanting to diversify their investments, said Scott. “Factors are favorable for home flippers – rates are low, appreciation is high, and a home can be rented if it can’t be flipped.” 

Currently, there is a unique trend of people renting single family homes in nice neighborhoods with good school districts, Scott said. “Some people would rather pay rent, as renting provides them with flexibility and saves them from having to come up with the down payment to purchase the same kind of home,” he said.  

Scott also discussed the rise in email wire fraud schemes and cautioned consumers to be aware of them. “If you get something by email that doesn’t look quite right, it probably isn’t right,” said Scott. “Scams can happen anytime, but we are especially vulnerable when we are involved in a transaction, like buying a home. We all have a tendency to want to get things done fast.” 

If a consumer receives such an email, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau advises them to confirm directly with a trusted representative like their agent or title company, rather than calling the phone number provided in the email or responding to it 

While real estate information available to the consumer is vast, navigating it by oneself is not easy, commented Scott. “Having an expert on your team is important,” he said. “You’ve got your accountant and your financial advisor – you also need a real estate advisor as part of your team, to help you maneuver the complexities of this market.”  

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