Which Homes Are Selling the Fastest and With the Least Discount? The Answer May Surprise You

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Allegiance, Managing Broker/Branch Vice President

Don't Believe the T.V.Whether you are in the market to buy a home or to sell your current home, it is important to keep abreast of market statistics (or at least to work with a knowledgeable REALTOR who does).  Newspapers, national magazines, and television news report on regional and national trends, but don't do a very good job of explaining the local real estate market.

The number of new housing starts nationwide or the percentage increase in foreclosures in the entire state have very little, if any, bearing on how quickly your Arlington condo will sell, or how much negotiating room there is with the seller of an Old Town Alexandria townhouse.

 

 

Two statistics that warrant close examination are:

  1. the average number of days a home stays on the market in a particular area before a contract is ratified between seller and purchaser.

  2. the average sales price as a percentage of original listing price -- this shows how willing sellers are to reduce their prices and how much negotiating room a buyer has in the current market.

If you are thinking about buying a home in Alexandria, Virginia,  or getting ready to sell one, pay close attention.  I prepared an analysis of all homes sold to date in 2008 divided up by price range.  This analysis for Alexandria looks at

  • the number of sales in each price range

  • the net sales price (final sales price minus any seller subsidies, or concessions towards closing costs)

  • the original sales price (not the final listing price at time of sale, but the price at which the home originally went on the market); and

  • the number of days on the market.

Survey Says...The results may surprise you. 

You might expect the most negotiating room in the higher price ranges.  Right?  WRONG.

The lower priced homes sell quicker than higher priced ones.  Right?  WRONG AGAIN.

Here goes:

This first chart shows the number of sales in each price range.

Alexandria VA Sales by Price Range

This next chart shows the average number of days on market for all sales in each price range in Alexandria.  The overall average days on market year-to-date in Alexandria is about 71 days.  The columns in red indicate an above average amount of days in that price range.  The black columns indicate a below average amount of days on market, or relatively fast sales.

Alexandria Virginia Days on Market

One thing you'll notice is that the fastest selling price range is the $700,000 to $800,000 homes.  Homes in the $200K and $200K-$300K price ranges are actually selling at a slower pace than homes in the $600K-$800K and even the $1 million plus price ranges!

 

The final chart shows the average final sales price as a percentage of the original listing price.

Alexandria Percentage of Listing Price Graph

Once again, the homes that are garnering the highest percentage of the listing price (or least discount) are in the $700,000 to $800,000 price range.  The least expensive homes -- those under $200,000 are actually selling for the largest discount from asking price.

Not what you expected?

To get started with your home search, click on Northern Virginia Home Search, and then enter your criteria and price range.  You'll get detailed information on available homes e-mailed to you on a daily basis.

If you're thinking about selling your home and want to know what it's worth, click on Value My Virginia Home for a preliminary comparative market analysis.

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Rainmaker
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Brian Block
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KAREN:  I am what you call a chart junkie.
May 04, 2008 06:34 AM
Rainmaker
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AJ:  Thanks for the support.
May 04, 2008 06:34 AM
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PATRICIA:  Thanks for continuing to read my market reports.
May 04, 2008 06:35 AM
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JUDY:  I really appreciate your great compliment and enjoy producing these market reports to educate my market.
May 04, 2008 06:37 AM
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MITCHELL:  Thanks for the gold star!
May 04, 2008 06:38 AM
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KATERINA:  Thanks a lot for your comment.  Are you suffering from graph envy?
May 04, 2008 06:38 AM
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TERRY:  That price range is practically non-existent here.
May 04, 2008 06:44 AM
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CHARLIE:  Thanks for stopping by to read.
May 04, 2008 06:44 AM
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KRISTINA: Why not compile the statistics yourself for your area and produce a similar report?
May 04, 2008 06:45 AM
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BILL:  Interesting... thanks for your comment.
May 04, 2008 06:46 AM
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SYLVIE:  Thanks for your comment.  I always try to do my homework when it comes to the market trends.
May 04, 2008 06:52 AM
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AMY:  Thanks for reading and commenting.
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Brian - great information! thanks!!!! I will be giving you a call this week about a web site that is using your name to advertise their product - want to see what YOU REALLY think of it - so expect my call -
May 05, 2008 07:06 AM
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BARBARA:  I look forward to your call and am interested to hear which website is using me to advertise their product.  I didn't even know!
May 05, 2008 09:35 AM
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That is a great idea Brian.  I think I will begin researching the right software to produce the easy to read graphs!  Keep up the good work. 
May 07, 2008 02:24 PM
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KRISTINA:  I made all the graphs on Microsoft Excel.  Thanks for your comment.
May 07, 2008 07:55 PM
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Brian - very surprising, wonder what makes that price point stand out?  Great graphical analysis of your market.
May 08, 2008 02:14 PM
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PENNY:  That's a good question!  Thanks for your comments.
May 08, 2008 10:31 PM
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Here is something wild for you, Gwinnett County GA has very similar numbers.  Now, the sale price/listing price persentages are higher here, but the DoM ranges are pretty close.

May 11, 2008 10:17 PM
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LANE:  Thanks for stopping by to comment.  Very interesting.

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