Why do we need to consider unprecedented growth of housing stock when the existing supply is greater than the current demand? Could it be that the monied interests of large-scale developers is driving this development steamroller?
As of Nov. 20, the Multiple Listing Service [a database of properties for sale by participating real estate agents] indicated that there is approximately $125 million worth of residential homes for sale in Charlottesville and Albemarle County.
This number doesn’t include big farms and estates, properties for sale by owner or other properties not listed in the MLS by discount brokers.
Another interesting statistic the MLS revealed is that approximately 350 homes for sale in our area are vacant. The lock box is on the door and nobody’s home.
If we are to maintain what positive qualities of life that still remain in our community, then certainly we must examine why growth must continue at unbridled levels. We have plenty of housing stock available for those wanting to locate to this area.
Really, we have “plenty of housing”? What is a definition of “sufficient housing” upon which government can base their regulations?
In Charlottesville/Albemarle – There are currently 190 active properties on the market under $200k. This may seem like a large number until one starts digging in and looks at the respective locations, sizes, etc. 108 of these are condos. Between $200k and $250k, 95 homes for sale - 25 of which are condos.
Between $250k and $450k, there are 488 properties on the market, only 67 of which are condos. 153 of these 488 are flagged as new construction.
Yes, we have lots of inventory. Yes, a lot of these are vacant (see my stories in October and July) But should we allow some outside force – I assume that your intent is to have the government step in and further regulate the market – to control the nuances of the real estate (or any, for that matter) market?
What program/market/system has benefited from governmental intervention? Local governments tend to enjoy the rising market – note how they always find a way to spend the windfalls they have received from rising property assessments. (More on this later)