Despite Lower Inventories, Hampton Road’s Home Sales Continue to Rise

The continued decline in residential active inventory throughout the Hampton Roads VA region has not dampened sales activity. In February 2018, pending and settled sales once again rose year-over year.

The region’s residential active listings were down 7.55% year-over-year for the month of February, with 8,896 available homes. The area’s active inventory has declined year-over-year for 31 consecutive months. Each of the region’s seven major cities (Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Hampton and Newport News) experienced decreased inventory ranging from 0.59% (Virginia Beach) to 16.48% (Norfolk).

February’s supply of residential home inventory is currently 3.96 months, down 11.61% from the same period of time last year. This is the third consecutive month with the months’ supply below 4%. Real estate economists describe a balanced market as 6 months’ supply of inventory. In comparison, the Hampton Roads region has been below a six months’ supply since November 2015, and it has declined year-over-year since May 2015.

In contrast to the declining inventory, residential pending sales recorded healthy gains. The number of homes that went under contract in February 2018 rose 8.98% compared to February 2017, with 2,172 units. Portsmouth experienced a dramatic rise in pending sales, up 40.54% over last year. Virginia Beach was up 15.04%. Norfolk and Chesapeake were the only major cities with a decline in pending sales year-over-year, down 3.85% and 1.15% respectively.

Residential settled sales also experienced year-over-year growth. February 2018 recorded 1,518 sales, up 3.41% more than last year’s 1,468 sales. Of the region’s seven major cities, Portsmouth underwent the most significant increase, up 41.38%. Newport News, Norfolk and Hampton saw more modest advances at 7.0%, 2.7%, and 2.68% respectively. Chesapeake, Virginia Beach and Suffolk experience year-over-year declines in settled sales ranging from 1.93% – 12.5%.

The region’s residential median sales price rose a modest 4.65% in February 2018 to $225,000 (the same median sales price for January 2018), as compared to $215,000 in 2017. All of the major cities experienced gains in median sales price ranging from .58% (Suffolk) to 13.56% (Portsmouth), except for Norfolk, which was down 3.46% at $211,875.

REIN,  Real Estate Information Network, Inc. is the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) for the Hampton Roads region and the source for these statistics.

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This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of the Williamsburg/ Hampton Roads/ Richmond VA area and his expertise helping buyers and sellers in the local real estate market.

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