Nothing can stop the real estate market here in Northern Virginia; not the rising interest rates, not the pull back of the FHA mortgage insurance premium reduction, not lack of inventory, and especially not this cold weather we are experiencing.
Sales are strong and we appear to be headed for a robust spring housing market. In addition to the group of buyers we are currently working with, we are getting lots of online leads from additional buyers asking about houses; both new builds and resale. Typically, this group will become home buyers in three to nine months – stay tuned for more details as we get down the road with these leads.
Today’s buyers are looking in all price ranges and in all locations throughout Northern Virginia. As you would imagine, the lower price points are in very high demand, but so are higher priced properties in areas like McLean and North Arlington. We have some soft spots (lowering of prices and accumulation of days on the market) in the Great Falls area, but typically, if houses are priced right, in good condition and have been staged, they are selling quickly! Thus, inventory is at a four year low with just over 3,900 existing homes currently for sale. We expect properties to come on the market in February, but with the demand we are experiencing now, they too should sell quickly.
So, what are the lessons we have learned so far in 2017? If you are a buyer, act quickly! If you find a home meets your criteria and suits your lifestyle, make an offer, don’t wait. Many properties are receiving numerous offers; therefore they are selling quickly.
If you are a seller, get your house “right” and get it on the market sooner rather than later – there is a strong appetite for housing today. Buyers are out there and ready to make a move.
If you would like to discuss your situation in more detail, please feel free to call me today. I would enjoy meeting with you to determine which is the best option for you to pursue.
It’s a good life.