Arlington’s Mid-Year Real Estate Report Card

Arlington’s Mid-Year Real Estate Report Card

  • 07/25/16
Question: How’s the Arlington market doing halfway through the year?
Answer: The Arlington real estate market is very stable right now.

First half of 2016 vs first half of 2015:

Stable speed of sale: Average of 50 days on the market this year vs 49 days last year
Stable sold price: Median/Average sold price of $558,000/$638,166 this year vs. $556,750/$639,546 last year. That’s a change of just .22% and -.22%.
Stable sold price: Median/Average sold price of $558,000/$638,166 this year vs. $556,750/$639,546 last year. That’s a change of just .22% and -.22%.
Only nine more total sales: There were 1,412 closed sales in the first half of 2015. This year? 1,421.
Total sold value: Arlington has seen $906,833,434 in closed sales through June, only about $3.8M more than last year

Other interesting stats (first half of 2016):

An impressive 12.7% of sales were over $1,000,000
13.2% of homes were cash purchases and FHA loans continued to be an uncommon choice, representing only 3.7% of sales
34.2% of homes went under contract within 1-10 days of being listed and 6.2% were under contract the same day they were listed (a sign of pre-market sales). Only 19% of homes lasted more than three months on the market.

Compared to our neighbors (first half of 2016):

DC saw an average day on the market of 39 days and an 8.43% jump in the total value of sold homes due to a 6.89% growth in total units sold, largely due to new housing units hitting the market.
Fairfax County saw sales slow by 3 days to 53 days on the market but saw an increase in units sold of 5.96%, with a slight increase in median and average sold price.
Montgomery County maintained a pace of 57 days on the market and, like our other neighbors, saw a pop of 9.47% in several units sold, with an increased median sold price of 1.25%, leading to a total increase of 11.46% in the total value of units sold.

Looking Forward

While some areas with localized development plans like Rosslyn, Ballston, Columbia Pike, and Crystal/Pentagon City offer a potential boost to the neighborhood real estate values, I expect the county to remain stable in the coming years. Concerned about a housing bubble? I’ll defer to the greatest investor of all time, Warren Buffett, who recently said at his 2016 Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting that he doesn’t “see a nationwide bubble in real estate right now at all.” He also noted that now is still a great time to buy a home, but not as good as it was four years ago.
Readers: I’m hoping for some more questions! Please let me know if there’s anything you’d like me to address in a future column.


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