The Hampton Roads real estate market steadily approaches stabilization.
Homes sales and properties under contract both maintained positive trends for February 2013, while the number of residential active listings for sale has continued to drop lowering the month’s supply of inventory.
The number of homes for sale in February 2013 was down 8.83% when compared to February 2012, dropping the region’s month’s supply of inventory to 6.34 months. This time last year the month’s supply of inventory was 7.46
Of the region’s seven major cities (Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach) Chesapeake and Newport News experienced the largest year-over-year declines in residential active listings at 19.44% and 16.70% respectively.
Pending sales ( homes under contract) saw a spike in February 2013. When compared to February 2012 pending home sales were up 17.63%. Chesapeake and Portsmouth recorded the largest year over-year gains at 44.44% and 44.05% respectively.
Continuing the month’s positive trend closed residential sales, which are up 4.63% over February of last year. Suffolk and Newport News experienced the largest year-over-year gains in residential closed sales at 43.75% and 30.68% respectively, while Portsmouth and Norfolk were the only two cities not to experience an increase with year-over-year declines of 25% and 5.17%. Hampton Roads residential median sales price is $189,000, up 2.22% from February 2012’s $184,900. The new construction segment of the market followed suit and experienced an 8.70% increase in closed sales when compared to February 2012.
Distressed Homes (short sales or foreclosures), continue to their large share of the the region’s real estate market. Distressed homes accounted for 26.37% of residential listing for sale in February 2013. They have accounted for as little as 23.61% (September 2011) and as much as 28.05% (December 2012) of residential active listings over the past 18 months.
Distressed homes accounted for 34.20% of residential homes sold in February 2013. Distressed homes have accounted for as little as 24.4% (August 2012) and as much as 37.18% (January 2012) of residential settled sales over the past 18 months.
These statistics are based solely on on listings entered into the Real Estate Information Network by REIN broker members. The geographical area includes southeastern Virginia (Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Franklin, Smithfield, Isle of Wight, Hampton, Newport News, York County and Poquoson) to Williamsburg, James City County, Gloucester, Middlesex, Virginia’s Eastern Shore and northeastern North Carolina. Reports include all property types: Attached and Detached Residential, Duplex, Apartments, Commercial, and Land & Farms.
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