Sale Prices Rose in Much of Greater Richmond’s Real Estate Market in July

August 20, 2018

Market Minute Logo 2017 smallMost of the greater Richmond real estate market saw an increase in median sale prices in July, according to the Long & Foster Market Minute reports. The Richmond region includes Chesterfield, Henrico, Goochland and Hanover counties and the city of Richmond.

Richmond Market Minute Chart July 2018

Median sale prices rose in all but one area of the Greater Richmond region’s market in July. Both Goochland County and Richmond City experienced a 21 percent increase in median sale price, while Chesterfield and Hanover counties both experienced a 2 percent increase. The number of homes sold was up in a few areas, with Hanover County seeing a 26 percent increase and Chesterfield County seeing a 14 percent increase.

While most areas of the market saw a decline in active inventory, Goochland County experienced an 8 percent increase. Other areas saw inventory decreases ranging from 3 percent to 20 percent. Homes sold quickly in the region last month. In Henrico County, the days on market average was just 20 days, followed by Richmond City at 22 days.

Looking at the data, a number of regions in Long & Foster’s market performed better in July than in the previous spring months.

“This year’s spring market happened at different times in different regions – July was spring for some of them,” said Gary Scott, president of Long & Foster Real Estate. “It’s likely that the springtime transactions that were not happening were simply delayed, not lost.”

It’s because of these differences from one location to another that it’s important to make sure consumers aren’t taking any singular statement and applying it to any one market, Scott said.

“The media makes very general statements – ‘Prices are Appreciating’ – which feels good if I’m a seller,” Scott said. “But if the media is looking at averages, many people still fall outside of the average. Your real estate professional can help you disarm and interpret the media on a local scale.”

“Sellers in particular have to be very careful about using listing prices as comparables when putting their house on the market,” Scott said. “It’s really important to look at the sales in your area as opposed to listing prices, because listing process are more irrelevant today than they’ve been in a long time.”

The Long & Foster Market Minute is an overview of market statistics based on residential real estate transactions for more than 500 local areas and neighborhoods and over 100 counties in eight states. The easy-to-read, easy-to-share reports include information about each area’s units sold, active inventory, median sale prices, list to sold price ratio, days on market and more.

Information included in this report is based on data supplied by Central Virginia Regional multiple listing service and its member associations of Realtors, which are not responsible for its accuracy. The reports include residential real estate transactions within specific geographic regions, not just Long & Foster sales, and they do not reflect all activity in the marketplace. Information contained in this report is deemed reliable but not guaranteed, should be independently verified, and does not constitute an opinion of CVR or Long & Foster Real Estate.