Market Report February 2008 Lynchburg Virginia

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Real Estate Agent with Associate Broker Keller Williams Realty

The Lynchburg Area Estate is very appealing to the Buyer. There are plenty of deals to be made.

From February 1, 2008 to February 29, 2008, there were 55 Single Home Residential Units Sold in Lynchburg City!

The Average home in Lynchburg City

List Price

Sold Price

SP/LP

DOM

Square Ft.

$154.706

$150,126

83.33%-101.98%

92

1868

House prices are down in many parts of the country - in our area we have seen some price reductions as sellers are not getting the prices they were getting a few years ago and the market seems to be adjusting to normal.  Our area has seen a consistent increase of 3-4% annually and this seems to be the case now.  Price declines that had been confined to the East and West coasts.

332 houses are listed for sale now, and what is out there represents a 6-month inventory.

However, are all these statistics as uniformly bad as they are sound?

Not necessarily. Take existing housing sales for one: From all the gloom and doom perpetuated by headlines suggesting that home sales are at their "lowest on record," the fact is that the current rate of resale single-family properties is up from last month in this area.

Now it is not what we saw during the boom years. Nevertheless, it is not chicken feed either. There are a whole lot of houses changing hands, a lot of real estate activity. The market is not dead.  

Do not believe everything you read.

What about interest rates? Sure, they jumped by a half a point in recent weeks, but look where they are: 6.27 percent for a 30-year fixed rate loan is lower than it was last year at this time, and by any historical standard, mortgage financing is extremely affordable.

Looking ahead, Freddie Mac chief economist Dr. Frank Nothaft is forecasting a return to even lower rates -- 5.5 percent rates in the months ahead. Combine that with Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's promise to keep cutting short term rates -- probably another half point at the Fed's next meeting in two weeks -- and you have the financial fuel for a potential bottoming out and turnaround.

This area's low taxes and stable economy provides excellent job growth and stability, making a home purchase here a wise investment.

Posted by

Nannette Turner Saunders, Associate Broker

Short Sales Coordinator

Keller Williams Realty

1709 Laskin Road

Virginia Beach Va

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