May Numbers for Culpeper, Fauquier, Rappahannock & Prince William

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 New Millennium

There's a constant refrain here. And, I know I sound like a record stuck in a groove. But May numbers continue to reinforce that we've still got too much inventory.

Culpeper County shows we're only eight units off where we were last year at this time. The good news is that sales jumped substantially this month. And, I'm not using month over month comparisons, but year over year. Both new contracts and closed sales took a big jump. But that pace is going to need to continue for months in order to start to see the reduction in inventory we need in order to stabilize prices.

In Fauquier County last year at this point in time we hit our highest number ever for inventory. Unlike Culpeper, we've come down substantially. A year ago there were 867 homes for sale and now it's only 764. The contracts written and the sales closed are both also up, if not quite as much as in Culpeper.

Prince William County actually has a large increase in inventory. While contracts and sales are up, the increase in inventory means no firming up of prices there any time soon. Since Prince William County is one of the hardest hit counties in Virginia for foreclosures, this will likely take some time to resolve itself. But bargain hunters are out there.

Rappahannock County remains a place apart. The market is almost exactly where it was a year ago. Days on market are longer there as well, inventory is higher than it was several years ago. But it's a very different market than what we're seeing in the other three counties.

Our numbers reflect the national numbers pretty well. New contracts are up across the nation. The numbers you hear from NAR and from most of the national media are primarily comparing May, 2008 to April, 2008 and of course the numbers are going to go up. The more meaningful number is always year over year.

We've got some good signs out there. There are buyers out there. They're looking for bargains. They've got the right market for it.

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