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2017 3rd Quarter Market Report: Home Sales and Prices Hit a Wall

The 3rd quarter of 2017 ended with not much of a change from the 2nd quarter. Home sales are down slightly and home prices continue to rise with median home prices up 4.2% year over year, but down from the second quarter's 6.2% increase. The primary reason for the slow-down in sales is the limited number of homes for sale, higher prices and less buyers being able to afford to buy a home.

The most notable change in the 2nd quarter was a shift in the amount of buyer activity declining 16% from last quarter. Additionally we found a significant change in the amount of price appreciation. Although 91% of the markets reported price appreciation there was an 11% shift from those markets reporting 5-10% appreciation and over 10% appreciation to those markets reporting under 5% appreciation.

According the National association of Realtors (NAR) existing home prices were up 4.2% over last year; the inventory of unsold homes is at a 4.2 month supply and 48% of all homes were sold in under one month. Still home sales dropped overall due to the low inventory of homes for sale.

The data in this report is generated primarily from our survey of HouseHunt.com and MoveUp.com exclusive member real estate agents across the United States. This grass roots approach to studying the housing market gives us a thorough look at where the real estate market is through the eyes and perspective of the local real estate agents who are living and working in the trenches of each community.

Buyer and Seller Activity
The trend in buyer activity is significantly higher than seller activity, however there was a definite downward trend in the number of markets continuing to show increasing buyer activity in the 3rd quarter. Our Realtors reported increasing buyer activity in 73% of the markets - down 16% from last quarter, but up 7% compared to last year. Seller activity was increasing in 49% of the markets in the 3rd quarter which was no change from the 2nd quarter, but up 9% over last year.

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Fall 2017 Market Update
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Average Sold Home Price: $275,000

Average Time on Market: 30-60 days

Best Selling Price Range: $250,000 - $299,000

Existing Home Prices for the past 90 days: Decreasing

Market Trend: Increasing

Buyer's or Seller's Market: Equal buyers and sellers

Buyer Activity for the past 90 days: Decreasing

Seller Activity for the past 90 days: Decreasing

Multiple Offers? Yes

Multiple Offers Commentary: Homes that are priced well are receiving multiple offers and often getting above list price.

What Percentage of the Current Housing Inventory are Foreclosures and/or Short Sales? 20-25%

Is Financing Available For Qualified Buyers? Yes

Housing Inventory: Limited Supply

Housing Inventory Comments: In the third quarter of 2014 we are seeing in central Virginia that home prices are up and inventory is down over last year. This is making for a very quick paced market. Homes that are well priced are often under contract in a matter of days and are garnering multiple offers resulting in contract prices above list price. Those buyers sincerely wanting to make a move should be pre-approved for a mortgage if needed and ready to make a quick decision. Of course it is, as always, important to be represented by a great agent who is a keen negotiator and who knows the market. Hegarty & Peery Realtors are at your service.

Greatest Activity: Repeat Buyers

Best reason to buy or sell: Job Growth

Nearest Metro Area: Charlottesville

Housing Hot Spots: Most towns and communities within Albemarle County and Charlottesville are considered ’Housing Hotspots’. Belmont in the heart of Charlottesville is an eclectic and highly sought after destination. Within walking distance to the historic area of Charlottesville and the Downtown, pedestrian mall this area has seen an upward trend in market value. Homes within walking distance to the University of Virginia are always a sound investment.

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