August Market Update

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Wow, what a year we are having in Northern Virginia real estate!

Inventory remains low – 13% below last year’s inventory levels, yet sales year over year are up 7.7%. We still have low interest rates and new loan programs – including grant programs – that are becoming available to help more people buy homes. Additionally, days on market are down to just 32 days which is unreal. As a result, we only have a two-month’s supply of houses in all of Northern Virginia. These factors, coupled with strong demand, has prices up over 2%. This is very moderate growth in housing prices, which is sustainable, so there is no fear of a bubble here. The projections for housing prices in our area are an increase of nearly 6% from June of 2017 to June of 2018.  If you are considering a move, now would be the time!

In July, our sales pace was very comparable to last year sales numbers which were strong – we would like this momentum to continue for our sellers. Historically, August inventory levels have stayed relatively flat, but sales do trend down. Let’s keep an eye out to see if this trend continues.

The one other area to keep an eye on is distressed inventory. Short sales are creeping back into the market. Many people who purchased homes back in 2006 and 2007 did so with interest only loans for 10 years, then they adjust to fully amortized loans over the remaining 20 years. This results in big monthly payment increases. Some of the home values are not back to the original purchase price, so refinancing is not always an option for the owner, hence the increase in short sales. It is a tough situation for many people – let’s see how this impacts the market going forward.

School starts early throughout our region this year, so I hope you are able to take advantage of the few remaining weeks of summer.  As always, if you have any specific questions about your situation and the housing market, please feel free to call me anytime.

703-652-5777 or scottmacdonald@remax.net

Scott’s Market Minute 7/21/17

Did you know that the last 2 weeks of July are the MOST popular weeks in the summer to take a vacation? While you’re vacationing, here’s what’s going on in the Northern Virginia market…..

Is now the time for YOU to buy or sell?  Interested in learning more about the market and the value of your home? Give me a call at 703-652-5777 or scottmacdonald@remax.net

Scott’s Market Minute 7/14/17

What do the Washington Wizards and prospective home buyers have in common? Find out in this weeks update.

Looking to buy or sell?  Now is a great time!  Give me a call to discuss your situation –
703-652-5777 or scottmacdonald@remax.net

Have a great weekend!

June Market Update

Summer is here!

Wow, that was one of the fastest months ever, in my opinion. Memorial Day weekend came and went in a blink of an eye, so it must be the height of the Sandbridge Beachdynamic spring market! Median days on the market in Northern Virginia is just 8; the average days on the market is 42. So, houses are virtually selling immediately (often with multiple offers) or they are taking a little while longer to sell. Right now, we are seeing very demanding
buyers in the marketplace. If the house is priced a little high or isn’t updated or staged, they are getting a lot of activity in the first week, but then showings fall off tremendously after that time frame.

So, what is fueling all the activity? There are a few factors, first there is a lot of demand – in certain price points, more on this shortly. Second, interest rates are still great – right around 4% for a 30-year fixed mortgage. Some people are taking advantage of adjustable rate mortgages too. Third, we continue to experience a strong local job market with many people relocating into the area for this reason. Fourth, prices are beginning to increase slightly, so many people are wanting to buy while it is still affordable for them to do so. Lastly, people have equity in their homes and can sell today to move into a larger home or closer to the city to reduce their commute. This is all good news for both buyers and sellers!

What is the situation with pricing I mentioned earlier you ask? The under $500,000 price point for houses and townhouses is on fire, representing a great majority of the median days on market. Yet, homes priced in the $650,000 -$800,000 range outside of the beltway are slow which is causing an increase on the average days on the market number. The upper price points (above $800,000) are seeing activity and sales which is always good for our local market.

I expect to see more of this type of activity and sales at least through the 4th of July. So, if you are considering selling or buying a home, please feel free to call me to discuss your situation in more detail.

Now, go enjoy this beautiful weather!  Happy Summer!

 

 

 

 

 

Scott’s Market Minute 4/28/17

The market is in full spring swing! Buyers are out there and ready to make YOU an offer. Are you ready to put YOUR house on the market?  Need more reasons why now is a great time to do so??  Check out my latest Market Minute video…

Interested in learning more?  Give me call at 703-652-5777 or email me at scottmacdonald@remax.net.  Have a great weekend!

 

Scott’s Market Minute 4/14/17

Captials, Wizards, Nationals – our local teams are HOT – so is the housing market! Check out what Scott has to say in this week’s Market Minute.

Have a great weekend!

Questions about the market or your specific situation? Feel free to give me a call at 703-652-5777 or scottmacdonald@remax.net

April Market Update

Crazy Weather, Crazy Market…
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The Northern Virginia real estate market has been a lot like our weather in March…hot and cold. We’ve had some markets that have been on fire – Reston as an example; while others have been normal which makes Realtors and sellers feel on edge or think that the market is “cold”. It is extremely important to have the right expectation when selling your house – not every house sells in a day with multiple contracts. Many houses take a couple of months to sell. The current average is 62 days on the market in Northern Virginia. This is below the national average so we still have a great market. Buyers are buying and as result, the supply of existing houses for sale is down to a 1.2 month supply of homes. So, my advice is to be realistic if you are going to be selling your house and if you get a contract quickly, make the most of it, but don’t expect the process to happen fast.

Again, the good news is that sales are up 6% over last year, sales prices are up 2.8%, mortgage interest rates are still phenomenal and the inventory levels are increasing – so we should continue to see a good spring market. Even with inventory levels increasing, we are still 19% below last year’s levels. My belief is this will continue to happen for the next few months – inventory will rise but we will still lag behind previous years because we have strong fundamentals in place for a good housing market.

If rates continue to rise as a result of “Trumpenomics”, buyers will and should consider adjustable rate mortgages. Typically, ARM products like a 7/1 ARM run about ¾ of a point less in interest rates. As an example, 30 year fixed rates are about 4.25% and a 7/1 ARM is about 3.5% – definitely something to consider when buying a house today.

We can discuss your plans in more detail to see if this is a viable option for you. Please let me know if you have any specific questions or concerns as I am here to help!

Happy Spring Break and Easter!

Would you like to learn more? Give me a call at 703-652-5777 or scottmacdonald@remax.net

 

Scott’s Market Minute 3-17-17

**March Madness** The madness isn’t just about basketball!!! Here’s the latest market update video from Scott about the market in Northern Virginia.

Here’s the link to download the Sponsorship Opportunities/Registration packet for our Charity Golf Tournament: http://www.gateway2realestate.com/upcoming-events 

As always, you can contact Scott at 703-652-5777 or scottmacdonald@remax.net
Have a great St. Patrick’s Day Weekend!