Home Sale Statistics in Northern Virginia – December/Q4 2022

The year ended seasonally strong and remains a seller’s market, though not nearly as extreme as a year ago. Inventory remains a challenge and despite higher interest rates compared to last year, demand remains very healthy. 

See all of the market statistics below for Northern Virginia for December 2022, as well as some year-over-year numbers.  Then use the links at the bottom of the page to see how your specific community ended the year!

Northern Virginia December/Q4 2022 home sales:

1,433 homes went under contract in the region. This is down 33% from the same time period in 2021.

32% of the homes that went to settlement in December 2022, sold in 10 days or less from when they hit the market.

• Average sold price was $654,685 (up 0.6% from the same time period in 2021).

1,302 homes came on the market. That’s down 34% from December 2021.

• Homes that sold (closed) averaged 31 days on market, 7 days slower than in December of 2021.

• There is currently a 0.8 month supply of homes (remember, in a balanced market – the demand from buyers equals the supply from sellers – there is a 5-6 months supply) in the Northern Virginia – and 2,265 homes for sale (townhouse, condo and single-family).

Additional Year-End Stats – 2022 vs 2021:

Average sold price increased by 7.9% ($706,568 vs $654,753)

Total units sold decreased by 25%

Average sales price to original list price ratio decreased slightly – 100.8% vs 101.1%

OVERALL: Northern Virginia remained in a Seller’s Market. Inventory decreased again from the prior month but was up 48% year-over-year.  The number of homes going under contract and coming on the market also declined, and both of these numbers continue to be down significantly from this time last year.  Average sold price was down from November but up just slightly compared to the end of December last year.

To see what the conditions are like in your community, click on the link to your desired city below! 

Vienna: December 2022 Home Sales

Oakton: December 2022 Home Sales 

McLean: December 2022 Home Sales 

Great Falls: December 2022 Home Sales 

Reston: December 2022 Home Sales 

Falls Church: December 2022 Home Sales 

Arlington: December 2022 Home Sales

Alexandria: December 2022 Home Sales  

*Data compiled from SmartCharts, MarketStats by ShowingTime, whose data comes directly from the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

If you are thinking of buying or selling, please reach out to The Belt Team and let us help you navigate this unprecedented market.

(703) 242-3975 | Info@TheBeltTeam.com | or fill out our Contact Us form

3 Best Practices for Selling Your House This Year

A new year brings with it the opportunity for new experiences. If that resonates with you because you’re considering making a move, you’re likely juggling a mix of excitement over your next home and a sense of attachment to your current one.

A great way to ease some of those emotions and ensure you’re feeling confident in your decision is to keep these three best practices in mind.

1. Price Your Home Right

The housing market shifted in 2022 as mortgage rates rose, buyer demand eased, and the number of homes for sale grew. As a seller, you’ll want to recognize things are different now and price your house appropriately based on where the market is today. Greg McBride, Chief Financial Analyst at Bankrateexplains:

“Price your home realistically. This isn’t the housing market of April or May, so buyer traffic will be substantially slower, but appropriately priced homes are still selling quickly.”

If you price your house too high, you run the risk of deterring buyers. And if you go too low, you’re leaving money on the table. An experienced real estate agent can help determine what your ideal asking price should be.

2. Keep Your Emotions in Check

Today, homeowners are living in their houses longer. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), since 1985, the average time a homeowner has owned their home has increased from 5 to 10 years (see graph below):

3 Best Practices for Selling Your House This Year | MyKCM

This is several years longer than what used to be the historical norm. The side effect, however, is when you stay in one place for so long, you may get even more emotionally attached to your space. If it’s the first home you bought or the house where your loved ones grew up, it very likely means something extra special to you. Every room has memories, and it’s hard to detach from the sentimental value.

For some homeowners, that makes it even harder to negotiate and separate the emotional value of the house from fair market price. That’s why you need a real estate professional to help you with the negotiations along the way.

3. Stage Your Home Properly

While you may love your decor and how you’ve customized your home over the years, not all buyers will feel the same way about your design. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you focus on your home’s first impression so it appeals to as many buyers as possible. As NAR says:

“Staging is the art of preparing a home to appeal to the greatest number of potential buyers in your market. The right arrangements can move you into a higher price-point and help buyers fall in love the moment they walk through the door.”

Buyers want to envision themselves in the space so it truly feels like it could be their own. They need to see themselves inside with their furniture and keepsakes – not your pictures and decorations. A real estate professional can help you with tips to get your house ready to sell.

If you’re considering selling your house, call The Belt Team today so we an help you through the process while prioritizing these best practices.

703-242-3975 | Info@TheBeltTeam.com | Contact Us

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Home Sale Statistics in Northern Virginia – November 2022

Listen to Terry in the quick video below talk about the Northern Virginia real estate market as we come to the end of 2022. Are we still in a Seller’s Market? How do we compare to other regions in the country? What are interest rates doing?

If you have specific questions about the market you would like answered, please don’t hesitate to reach out!

After watching, take a look at all of the regional stats below along with links to some of our hyper local areas.

Northern Virginia November 2022 home sales:

1,782 homes went under contract in the region. This is down 44% from the same time period in 2021.

38% of the homes that went to settlement in November 2022, sold in 10 days or less from when they hit the market.

• Average sold price was $676,877 (up 5% from the same time period in 2021).

1,979 homes came on the market. That’s down 23% from November 2021.

• Homes that sold (closed) averaged 27 days on market, 6 days slower than in November of 2021.

• There is currently a 1.0 month supply of homes (remember, in a balanced market – the demand from buyers equals the supply from sellers – there is a 5-6 months supply) in the Northern Virginia – and 3,141 homes for sale (townhouse, condo and single-family).

OVERALL: Northern Virginia remained in a Seller’s Market. Inventory decreased from the prior month but was up 35% year-over-year.  The number of homes going under contract and coming on the market also declined, and both of these numbers continue to be down significantly from this time last year.  Average sold price was down from October but up compared to November last year.

If you are thinking of buying or selling, please reach out to Terry & The Belt Team and let our experience work for you.

(703) 242-3975 | Info@TheBeltTeam.com | or fill out our Contact Us form

To see what the conditions are like in your community, click on the link to your desired city below! 

Vienna: November 2022 Home Sales

Oakton: November 2022 Home Sales 

McLean: November 2022 Home Sales 

Great Falls: November 2022 Home Sales 

Reston: November 2022 Home Sales 

Falls Church: November 2022 Home Sales 

Arlington: November 2022 Home Sales

Alexandria: November 2022 Home Sales  

*Data compiled from SmartCharts, MarketStats by ShowingTime, whose data comes directly from the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

Top Questions About Selling Your Home This Winter

There’s no denying the housing market is undergoing a shift this season, and that may leave you with some questions about whether it still makes sense to sell your house. Here are three of the top questions you may be asking – and the data that helps answer them – so you can make a confident decision.

1. Should I Wait To Sell?

Even though the supply of homes for sale has increased in 2022, inventory is still low overall. That means it’s still a sellers’ market. The graph below helps put the inventory growth into perspective. Using data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), it shows just how far off we are from flipping to a buyers’ market:

Top Questions About Selling Your Home This Winter | MyKCM

While buyers have regained some negotiation power as inventory has grown, you haven’t missed your window to sell. Your house could still stand out since inventory is low, especially if you list now while other sellers hold off until after the holiday rush and the start of the new year.

2. Are Buyers Still Out There?

If you’re thinking of selling your house but are hesitant because you’re worried buyer demand has disappeared in the face of higher mortgage rates, know that isn’t the case for everyone. While demand has eased this year, millennials are still looking for homes. As an article in Forbes explains:

At about 80 million strong, millennials currently make up the largest share of homebuyers (43%) in the U.S., according to a recent National Association of Realtors (NAR) report. Simply due to their numbers and eagerness to become homeowners, this cohort is quite literally shaping the next frontier of the homebuying process. Once known as the ‘rent generation,’ millennials have proven to be savvy buyers who are quite nimble in their quest to own real estate. In fact, I don’t think it’s a stretch to say they are the key to the overall health and stability of the current housing industry.”

While the millennial generation has been dubbed the renter generation, that namesake may not be appropriate anymore. Millennials, the largest generation, are actually a significant driving force for buyer demand in the housing market today. If you’re wondering if buyers are still out there, know that there are still people who are searching for a home to buy today. And your house may be exactly what they’re looking for.

3. Can I Afford To Buy My Next Home?

If current market conditions have you worried about how you’ll afford your next move, consider this: you may have more equity in your current home than you realize.

Homeowners have gained significant equity over the past few years and that equity can make a big difference in the affordability equation, especially with mortgage rates higher now than they were last year. According to Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American:

“. . . homeowners, in aggregate, have historically high levels of home equity. For some of those equity-rich homeowners, that means moving and taking on a higher mortgage rate isn’t a huge deal—especially if they are moving to a more affordable city.” 

Bottom Line

If you’re thinking about selling your house this season, reach out to The Belt Team so you have the expert insights you need to make the best possible move today.

703-242-3975 | Info@TheBeltTeam.com | Contact Us

Home Sale Statistics in Northern Virginia – October 2022

We are still experiencing a seller’s market in the Northern Virginia Region mostly due to the supply & demand equation, however, sales are down significantly (about 40%) from this time last year. Why? Partly due to inventory but a lot due to affordability issues because of the significant increase in interest rates.

In reality, we see this as a more “normal” seller’s market. What does that mean? Terry answers this and more in his latest market update video.

Northern Virginia October 2022 home sales:

2,119 homes went under contract in the region. This is down 46% from the same time period in 2021.

41% of the homes that went to settlement in October 2022, sold in 10 days or less from when they hit the market.

• Average sold price was $699,532 (up 3.7% from the same time period in 2021).

2,720 homes came on the market. That’s down 33% from October 2021.

• Homes that sold (closed) averaged 25 days on market, 6 days slower than in October of 2021.

• There is currently a 1.2 month supply of homes (remember, in a balanced market – the demand from buyers equals the supply from sellers – there is a 5-6 months supply) in the Northern Virginia – and 3,778 homes for sale (townhouse, condo and single-family).

OVERALL: Northern Virginia remained in a Seller’s Market. Inventory decreased from the prior month but was up 8.1% year-over-year.  The number of homes going under contract and coming on the market also declined, and both of these numbers continue to be down significantly from this time last year.  Average sold price was up from September and compared to October last year.

If you are thinking of buying or selling, please reach out to Terry & The Belt Team and let our experience work for you.

(703) 242-3975 | Info@TheBeltTeam.com | or fill out our Contact Us form

To see what the conditions are like in your community, click on the link to your desired city below! 

Vienna: October 2022 Home Sales

Oakton: October 2022 Home Sales 

McLean: October 2022 Home Sales 

Great Falls: October 2022 Home Sales 

Reston: October 2022 Home Sales 

Falls Church: October 2022 Home Sales 

Arlington: October 2022 Home Sales

Alexandria: October 2022 Home Sales  

*Data compiled from SmartCharts, MarketStats by ShowingTime, whose data comes directly from the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

Home Sale Statistics in Northern Virginia – September/Q3 2022

Most areas in the Northern Virginia Region saw an increase in the number of new listings coming on the market during September, but the number of homes going under contract was down (and both of these numbers are still down year-over-year…in some cases significantly). This can be explained by the slowing of the market we’ve been seeing. That said, our region and hyper local markets remain relatively healthy and in a Seller’s Market.

This month we also give you a snapshot at some of the 3rd quarter-end statistics for the region overall and some local markets. In short, the numbers of homes sold versus 3rd quarter of 2021 were down across the board.

Northern Virginia September/Q3 2022 home sales:

2,427 homes went under contract in the region. This is down 35% from the same time period in 2021.

41% of the homes that went to settlement in September 2022, sold in 10 days or less from when they hit the market.

• Average sold price was $655,155 (up 3% from the same time period in 2021).

3,531 homes came on the market. That’s down 26% from September 2021.

• Homes that sold (closed) averaged 24 days on market, 6 days slower than in September of 2021.

• There is currently a 1.2 month supply of homes (remember, in a balanced market – the demand from buyers equals the supply from sellers – there is a 5-6 months supply) in the Northern Virginia – and 3,984 homes for sale (townhouse, condo and single-family).

OVERALL: Northern Virginia remained in a Seller’s Market. Inventory increased slightly from the prior month but was down 3.9% year-over-year.  The number of homes going under contract decreased but the number of new homes coming on the market increased…however both of these numbers continue to be down significantly from this time last year.  Average sold price was down from August but was up slightly compared to September last year.

Additional Quarter-End Stats – 2022 vs 2021:

Average sold price increased by 5.6% ($685,417 vs $648,935)

Total units sold decreased by 30%

Average sales price to original list price ratio decreased slightly – 98.8% vs 100.5%

To see what the conditions are like in your community, click on the link to your desired city below! 

Vienna: September 2022 Home Sales

Oakton: September 2022 Home Sales 

McLean: September 2022 Home Sales 

Great Falls: September 2022 Home Sales 

Reston: September 2022 Home Sales 

Falls Church: September 2022 Home Sales 

Arlington: September 2022 Home Sales

Alexandria: September 2022 Home Sales  

*Data compiled from SmartCharts, MarketStats by ShowingTime, whose data comes directly from the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

If you are thinking of buying or selling, please reach out to The Belt Team and let us help you navigate this unprecedented market.

(703) 242-3975 | Info@TheBeltTeam.com | or fill out our Contact Us form

Pumpkin Patches and Fall Festivals in Northern Virginia

Now that Fall is here, it’s time to get out, celebrate and find that perfect pumpkin! Before you go, be sure to read below about some favorite Fall Festivals and pumpkin patches in the Northern Virginia area (and a little beyond). Let us know in the comments if you have any to add! Oh how we love fall in Virginia….

DePaul’s Urban Farm, 2599 Chain Bridge Road, Vienna, VA

Beautiful pumpkin patch, wide variety of mums, delicious apples, apple cider, Kettle Korn and more!

Hours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Reston Farms Garden Market Fall Fest 2022, 10800 Baron Cameron Avenue, Reston, VA

Open September 24 – October 30th. Tons of activities, fun and food! Visit their website to purchase tickets (tickets include access to the bounce houses, games, train ride, petting zoo and a free pumpkin for each paid child’s ticket). Extras (like balloon and face painting, animal feed, etc) can be purchased at a reduced cost).

Hours: Daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Meadows Farms Nurseries, various locations (visit the website for addresses)

Open October 1st – October 31st. Includes a pumpkin patch, moon bounce, giant “scarecrow”, haunted buses, straw mazes and more! They also have decorative gourds, face pumpkins, cornstalks, mini hay bales, straw, and various other Halloween décor.

Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

Merrifield Garden Center, 8132 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA or 12101 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA

Pumpkins, wide variety of mums and other fall annuals, Fall and Halloween decor.

Hours: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

Krop’s Crops, 11110 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, VA

Hayrides to the pumpkin patch, Winchester apples, fresh-pressed apple cider, fall squash and gourds, harvest and Halloween decorations, farm animals and a corn bin to play in.

Hours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Walk-in hayrides to pumpkin patch available weekends in October from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cox Farms Fall Festival, 15621 Braddock Rd, Centreville, VA

Open September 24th – November 8th. World-famous hayride, corny Conundrum, slides and more. Visit their website for more details and purchase tickets.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (5 p.m. in November), last entry one hour before closing. Festival open Thursday through Monday weekly. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday (except Tues, Nov 8th) but Market is open daily.

Burke Nursery & Garden Centre Fall Farm Market & Pumpkin Patch, 9401 Burke Road, Burke VA

Open October 1st – October 31st. Enjoy a pumpkin patch with Halloween-inspired backdrops, Halloween decorations, apples, gourds, hot chocolate, apple cider donuts and more! Pony rides offered Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday

Pumpkin Village, 19246 James Monroe Hwy, Leesburg VA

Open September 17th – November 6th. Fall Fest is full of family activities…hill slides, Kiddie zip line, pony rides, hay maze, moon bounces, wagon rides, pedal carts, weekend entertainment and more. Visit their website to see additional activities offered on weekends and Columbus Day and to get ticket information.

Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday & Thursday (closed Tuesdays). 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. OR 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (and Columbus Day).

Wayside Farm Fun, 5273 Harry Byrd Highway (Route 7), Berryville, VA

Open September 24th – October 30th. “Whether you are here to find the perfect pumpkin for carving Jack-o-lanterns, to find your way through our 10-acre corn maze, or to take in the scenery of our grounds while the kids enjoy all of our activities, our fun farm has something for everyone!” General admission information on their website.

Hours: Thursday – Sunday & Columbus Day (Oct 10)

Great Country Farms Fall Pumpkin Harvest Festival, 34345 Snickersville Turnpike, Bluemont, VA

Open October 1st -October 31st. Many activities to choose from! Including…picking pumpkins, corn maze, pig races, cider pressing demonstrations, roasting marshmallows, barn animals, wagon rides and more! Visit their website for all activities (some offered on weekends only) and tickets information.

Hours: Daily 10am-5pm, weekends 9am-5pm (last entry to pick your own at 4pm)

Home Sale Statistics in Northern Virginia – August 2022

While the Northern Virginia Region remains in a Seller’s Market, we did see some slowing at the end of the summer.  Possible factors contributing to this include rising mortgage rates, inflation and economic uncertainty.  Low inventory remains an issue across our area and continues to be down year-over-year.  Also down more significantly at the end of August (compared to the same time last year) were the number of new homes coming on the market as well as the number going under contract.  However, sales prices are still up.   

Northern Virginia August 2022 home sales:

2,840 homes went under contract in the region. This is down 30% from the same time period in 2021.

47% of the homes that went to settlement in August 2022, sold in 10 days or less from when they hit the market.

• Average sold price was $676,011 (up 4.7% from the same time period in 2021).

3,300 homes came on the market. That’s down 29% from August 2021.

• Homes that sold (closed) averaged 18 days on market, 3 days slower than in August of 2021.

• There is currently a 1.1 month supply of homes (remember, in a balanced market – the demand from buyers equals the supply from sellers – there is a 5-6 months supply) in the Northern Virginia – and 3,750 homes for sale (townhouse, condo and single-family).

OVERALL: Northern Virginia remained in a Seller’s Market. Inventory decreased from the prior month and was down 4.6% year-over-year.  The number of homes going under contract and new homes coming on the market decreased as well…and both of these numbers continue to be down significantly from this time last year.  Average sold price was down from July but was up slightly compared to August last year.

If you are thinking of buying or selling, please reach out to The Belt Team and let us help you navigate this unprecedented market.

(703) 242-3975 | Info@TheBeltTeam.com | or fill out our Contact Us form

To see what the conditions are like in your community, click on the link to your desired city below! 

Vienna: August 2022 Home Sales

Oakton: August 2022 Home Sales 

McLean: August 2022 Home Sales 

Great Falls: August 2022 Home Sales 

Reston: August 2022 Home Sales 

Falls Church: August 2022 Home Sales 

Arlington: August 2022 Home Sales

Alexandria: August 2022 Home Sales  

*Data compiled from SmartCharts, MarketStats by ShowingTime, whose data comes directly from the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

2022 Fall Foliage Prediction Map

It’s that time of year again…time to start planning your leaf-peeping for the fall! If you are a fan of fall like we are, you’ll be excited to know that SmokyMountains.com has released it’s annual interactive fall foliage prediction map!

The 2022 Fall Foliage Map is the ultimate visual planning guide to the annual progressive changing of the leaves. While no tool can be 100% accurate, this tool is meant to help travelers better time their trips to have the best opportunity of catching peak color each year.

SmokyMountains.com

“What started as a fun side-project quickly became the most respected nationwide fall leaf map and one of the best fall resources in the country,” says David Angotti, the map’s creator, to Travel + Leisure’s Stacey Leasca. “Now, tens of millions of people use our map each year to plan vacations, weddings and photography trips.”

According to the Virginia Department of Forestry, Virginia generally peaks between October 10th and 31st but can vary year to year based on things like temperatures, rain, wind, etc. As seen on the map below, between October 24th and the 31st is predicted to be peak for much of Virginia this year.

Some top spots to view fall colors in Virginia include:

Shenandoah National Park

Whitetop Mountain

Potomac Heritage Trail

And…head over to the Virginia.org’s travel blog to see many more options for leaf viewing throughout the state!

Some fun facts about autumn leaves:

  1. Why do leaves change their color? Both chlorophyll and carotenoids are present in the chloroplasts of leaf cells throughout the growing season. During this time, chlorophyll is produced and broken down, and leaves appear green. As days get shorter, chlorophyll production slows down until it stops. The green color is no longer visible, and other pigments present (carotenoids) with the chlorophyll are then revealed. During autumn, bright light and excess plant sugars produce anthocyanins within leaf cells.
  2. Why do leaves fall? In order to cope with the harsh winter temperatures, trees slowly close off the veins that carry water and nutrients to and from the leaves with a layer of new cells that form at the base of the leaf stem, protecting the limbs and body of the tree. Once this process is done, water and nutrients no longer flow to and from the leaf enabling the leaf to die and weaken at the stem, eventually falling gracefully to the ground.
  3. What happens to fallen leaves? When leaves fall to the ground, they begin to break down and eventually create a rich humus on the forest floor that absorbs dew and rainfall. This nutrient rich ‘sponge’ acts as a continual source of nutrients and water for trees and plants, helping to promote life and plant health in the next spring season.

Additional resources:

So get your calendars out and start planning this year’s fall foliage trip! And let us know your favorite place to view the autumn colors!

Sources: SmokyMountains.com; VA Department of Forestry; TravelandLeisure.com; Virginia.org

Home Sale Statistics in Northern Virginia – July 2022

We didn’t see many changes in the Northern Virginia housing market from June to July but overall our market is changing.  

Watch Terry Belt briefly describe what he is seeing in the following video.  Then be sure to take a look at all the regional stats for July 2022 below along with links to some of our hyper local areas.

Northern Virginia July 2022 home sales:

2,902 homes went under contract in the region. This is down 29% from the same time period in 2021.

59% of the homes that went to settlement in July 2022, sold in 10 days or less from when they hit the market.

• Average sold price was $715,510 (up 8% from the same time period in 2021).

4,114 homes came on the market. That’s down 18% from July 2021.

• Homes that sold (closed) averaged 14 days on market, 2 days slower than in July of 2021.

• There is currently a 1.2 month supply of homes (remember, in a balanced market – the demand from buyers equals the supply from sellers – there is a 5-6 months supply) in the Northern Virginia – and 4,154 homes for sale (townhouse, condo and single-family).

OVERALL: Northern Virginia remained in a Seller’s Market. Inventory increased again from last month and was up 12% year-over-year.  However the number of homes going under contract and new homes coming on the market decreased…and both of these numbers continue to be down from this time last year.  Average sold price was down a bit from June but was up compared to July last year.

If you are thinking of buying or selling, please reach out to The Belt Team and let us help you navigate this unprecedented market.

(703) 242-3975 | Info@TheBeltTeam.com | or fill out our Contact Us form

To see what the conditions are like in your community, click on the link to your desired city below! 

Vienna: July 2022 Home Sales

Oakton: July 2022 Home Sales 

McLean: July 2022 Home Sales 

Great Falls: July 2022 Home Sales 

Reston: July 2022 Home Sales 

Falls Church: July 2022 Home Sales 

Arlington: July 2022 Home Sales

Alexandria: July 2022 Home Sales  

*Data compiled from SmartCharts, MarketStats by ShowingTime, whose data comes directly from the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).