All the prognosticators have been making their predictions as to the state of real estate for 2010. On balance, 2009 was a positive year in Arlington. The total dollar volume of sales increased by 7% and the total units sold increased by 11%. The average sales price decreased by nearly 4% and the days on market dropped by 8.5%. This shows that while prices dropped, more properties were sold in a shorter period of time. January 2010 statistics point to some interesting things to keep an eye on in Arlington County, Virginia.
- New listings: 312
- Closed sales: 132
- Pending sales: 203
- Average sold price: $495,063
- Average days on market: 66
There’s good news and bad new for buyers and sellers in Arlington this month. The average sales price for single family detached homes increased by nearly 14%, good news for sellers, and actually good news for buyers knowing that values are going up. Of the 132 sales in January, nearly 70% were condos and townhouses. The average sales price for these attached homes decreased by 16% from the same period a year ago. As the prices on these units dropped, more sales occurred because of the affordability factor.
The Federal Housing Tax Credit is still in place but there are just two months left to act. It seems like we’ve been snowbound for most of the winter so far, but as the weather improves I predict the ready buyers will be unleashed into the marketplace and sales of affordable homes will rise as the incentive deadline approaches.
Interest rates have remained steady but indications are that the Federal Reserve will consider rate hikes as the year progresses. If you are in the market to purchase or sell, now is absolutely the best time to act. Inventory is still low but the shadow inventory (pending foreclosures) is lurking and could be released anytime. List your home now while competition is limited. Buyers, have your agent prepare a rent vs. buy analysis to show you the benefits of home ownership. Don’t wait too long and miss an opportunity.
Market data and commentary by Charles J. Carroll, Managing Broker at Avery-Hess, Realtors.
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