Virginia’s inventory of homes expands for fifth consecutive month
Housing supply has been expanding across Virginia, bringing more options to prospective homebuyers, according to the July 2021 Home Sales Report released by Virginia REALTORS®.
While the increases in inventory have been modest, they reflect a significant change from the long-term declines in inventory experienced across the commonwealth.
A total of 17,732 new listings came onto the market in Virginia in July, which is 10 percent higher than last July. With the increase in new listings, the overall inventory has been expanding month-to-month.
Statewide, there were 20,910 active listings at the end of July, about 1,500 more listings than there were at the end of June, an 8.1 percent increase. Inventory levels have increased for the past five months.
Despite the uptick in inventory, homes are still selling quickly across Virginia. In July 2021, homes that sold were on the market an average of just 20 days. Homes sold in less than half the time compared to a year ago.
In July, the statewide median home sales price was $361,000, an 8.7 percent increase over the July 2020 median price, a gain of $29,000. While prices continue to climb, July’s increase reflects a slight slowdown in price growth, as the statewide median home price has been rising at a double-digit rate for 11 out of the past 12 months.
There were 15,081 home sales in Virginia in July 2021, a 3.4 percent increase over July 2020. Sales were down 8.0 percent between June and July, which reflects typical seasonality in the market.
“Last year, housing market seasonality was upended as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is expected that we will see a return to housing market seasonality throughout the rest of 2021 and into 2022, making housing market conditions more predictable,” said Virginia REALTORS® Chief Economist Lisa Sturtevant, PhD.
The Virginia Home Sales Report is published by Virginia REALTORS®. Click here to view the full July 2021 Home Sales Report. Current and past reports are available to members, media, and real estate-related industries through the organization’s website.