Real Estate Market Strong First Half 2017

by Karen Briscoe
July 3, 2017
The real estate market in McLean and Great Falls remains strong in the first half of 2017 over 2016 in every segment except one. The number of transactions was up 12% over the first half of 2017 for the same time period in 2016. Going back to compare to the 2007 market over one decade ago, the number is up 29%. This is good news as the market closes out the spring selling season and we enter into the summertime. The last peak year in Northern Virginia was 2007. All price segments performed better or remained steady in the first half of the year 2017 compared to that benchmark year of 2007.
Sellers in the area are experiencing in many cases the “best of times” market conditions to date for the year. As we move into the second half of the year, there are strong indications that homes priced well and in good condition will sell for solid prices. There are some market segments that may experience price appreciation, should demand continue to remain strong relative to supply.
Not surprising, the most significant increases in number of transactions took place in the lower brackets. Homes priced under $1.25 m for the zip codes 22101, 22102 and 22066 comprised the majority of the gains. The under $750,000 is predominately condos, townhomes, smaller single-family homes or lot/land where the existing home is torn down and a new home is constructed. The lower brackets represent three price ranges: under $750,000; $750,000 to $1 m and $1 m to $1.25 m. Total sales in the combined lower brackets were up by 17% year over year for the first half.
The move-up buyer falls into the next three price brackets which includes these price ranges: $1.25 m to $2 m; $2 m to $3 m and $3 m plus. The market was essentially flat year over year in this segment from 2017 to 2016, although it improved over 2007 by 15%. There are considerably fewer buyers who qualify to purchase homes in the upper bracket price ranges and thus overall numbers tend to stay fairly consistent or flat.
Karen Briscoe with HBC Group at Keller Williams is an active and experienced Realtor® in the Northern Virginia market place. She works with sellers, buyers, investors and builders in all price ranges., 703-734-0192,
Karen Briscoe is Principal of the Huckaby Briscoe Conroy Group (HBC) and author of "Real Estate Success in 5 Minutes a Day". She is an Associate Broker in Virginia, a Certified Luxury Home Market Specialist, and a member of the Women’s Council of Realtors. Karen began her real estate career developing residential lots with the Trammel Crow Company in Dallas, and in commercial real estate with The Staubach Company in the Washington, DC Metro area. Karen has a Masters Degree from Southern Methodist University and her BA from Stephens College in Columbia, Missouri – her hometown.
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