DC Metro Market Update July 2016
Sales for the region decreased by 4.6% compared to a year ago, down to just above $2.6 billion. This is a 18.6% decrease from the month prior. Closed sales decreased 3.4% compared to last year marking the first time since November 2014 that closed sales declined versus the prior year. There were also 5,267 new contracts begun in July, 0.9% more than in July 2015. Median prices in the region saw a small increase from $432,500 last year up to $435,000, a 0.6% increase. This small difference reflects an overall steady pace of pricing for the region. Falls Church, VA reported the highest median prices for the month, at $708,000, while Prince George County remains the most affordable with a median price of $270,000. Arlington County median prices put it just below Falls Church, but higher than July 2015 with a median price of $627,000. When reviewing the differences and comparing year over year pricing, Falls Church is seeing a large rise in home values as more affluent buyers are moving in. The median price in Arlington County keeps us in the mid range of affordability.
Average to original listing price ratios for the Washington DC Metro area increased slightly when comparing year over year data, at 97.9%, which is higher than June’s ratio of 98.1%. This ratio shows how close our average sale prices are to original list prices. For Arlington County specifically, there was a slight drop in the ratio from 97.9% in July 2015, down to 97.5% this year. Being so close to the listing prices indicates that homes are being priced where they should be, good news for both buyers and sellers. When list prices are in line with the market, there are not wide swings in average sale prices, lending more stability to the market overall.
Days on the Market (DOM) show another indication of a stronger market for the region. Comparing month to month data, homes moved, on average, 3 days faster in July than in June. Condos saw the slowest turnarounds for the month, with a median DOM of 24 days, while townhomes had a DOM of 12 days, and single-family homes with a 18 days on market median. Within Arlington County specifically, the median DOM is lower than the average for the region, reporting at just 17 days for July.
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