Upward Boost in Home Sale Prices in Charlottesville Area in January

March 1, 2021
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Home sale prices saw an upward boost throughout most of the Charlottesville area in January, according to the Long & Foster Real Estate Market Minute Report. Aside from Greene County which had a 1% decrease, inclines ranged from 10% in the City of Charlottesville to 51% in Nelson County. Units sold varied, with Nelson County having an astounding 165% jump while Buckingham County had a 50% decline. Inventory continued its downward trajectory while days on market ranged from 17 days to 61 days.  

The Long & Foster Real Estate’s Market Minute report for the Charlottesville region includes the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle, Buckingham, Nelson, Fluvanna and Greene counties. 

Charlottesville Market Minute Chart January 2021

“It’s the same story everywhere, with median sale prices going up and inventory shrinking,” said Larry “Boomer” Foster, president of Long & Foster Real Estate. This all has to do with the massive demand for homes right now, with many people looking to buy but not as many looking to sell. 

With mortgage rates reaching their highest point since mid-November, Foster discussed how that would not affect homebuyers since the rates are still historically low. “When you have rates as low as 2 to 3%, consumer’s purchasing power is higher, so they’re able to afford more house,” Foster explained. Though mortgage rates saw modest increases, they are expected to stay low for the rest of the year and not go above the 3% mark. 

Foster also gave advice to homebuyers debating between buying a new home versus an existing home. “The pros to a new home are that you can customize it and the warranty will ensure the builder can come in and fix things as needed.” The downside is that the builder will dictate the price and if you end up selling before the neighborhood is built up, you could get undercut. With an existing home, the value is known, and a home warranty will cover any fixes and limit potential risks. However, the look and feel of the home may not meet all your expectations. It all comes down to what the homebuyer wants in a home.   

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