Berkeley-Jefferson County, WV Real Estate Market Review - 2017
The Berkeley-Jefferson County, WV real estate market had a great 2017. Both markets saw increased numbers at all levels, and they outperformed their immediate southern neighbors of Winchester City, Frederick County, and Clarke County, VA by 31%.
Berkeley-Jefferson County, WV Real Estate Market Review: Positive Numbers
The Berkeley-Jefferson County, WV real estate market increased sales 7% over the same period in 2016. The markets have grown 19% over the past five years. Property values have also increased 4% year to year and 18% over the past five years.
More bang for the buck
The 2017 market saw an average sales price of $209,988 for a single family home with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Just across the border in Virginia, that same house would have cost a buyer $277,755.
The Berkeley-Jefferson County, WV real estate markets are geographically positioned to give commuters into the D.C. - Northern Virginia area more home for the money and an equal or better commute to work. The Amtrak Caperton Station in Martinsburg, WV adds value to living in the area.
Home values have increased steadily for the past five years. The 2016 average sales price was $201,341, with 2015 being $192,578, and 2014 and 2013 at $190,586 and $173,226 respectively. That 2013-2017 change in sales price is 19%. The steady increase in home values shows a market that has not only healed from the 2008 recession, but it one that is thriving.
Berkeley-Jefferson County, WV Real Estate Market Review: A Critical Indicator
One of the more critical indicators of market health is the volume of distressed property sales. This an area where the numbers show the biggest improvement. The number of distressed property sales in 2013 was 29% of the market.
Distressed properties are made up of short sales and foreclosures. Foreclosures dominated the market as the recession of 2008 became the dominate factor in home sales. By 2010, short sales entered the market in volume and created a second wave of bad news for local residents. The change from 2013 to 2017 has been dramatic. Current distressed property sales are down 24% since 2013. The local market has settled into a pre-recession norm of about 5.5% across both markets.
Another positive indicator of market health is days on the market. The days on the market have not changed a single digit in 5 years. Days on the market were 76 in 2017 and they were also 76 in 2013. The middles years drifted back and forth between 93 DOM in 2015 to 89 in 2016, but those changes are small. As long as inventory doesn't become a challenge for the local market, the Berkeley-Jefferson County, WV real estate markets are set for a banner year in 2018.
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