Comparing 2012 and 2013 – When Do Homes Come on the Market in Charlottesville?

I hadn’t updated this chart in about 18 months, and I was curious … one of the most common questions I get is “when do homes come on the market in Charlottesville?” Typically this question comes in one of three conversations: (I’m going to do a series answering these questions – to be published the next two Wednesdays) –

I’m thinking about putting my house on the market – when does the Charlottesville market start? (short answer: Take pictures now)

I’m thinking abut buying a home in the spring – when do most homes come on the market? (short answer: Fall/Winter is the best time to begin your home search. And an even better time to hire buyer representation so your search process is less frustrating, more efficient and better.)

– I’m curious. What’s the market like? (note the third chart to see what my curiosity led me to)

A few differences between the following charts and the one from January 2011:

– “Charlottesville” = Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Nelson (in 2011 I didn’t include Louisa)

– Only Single Family, Attached and Condos results are included – not “proposed” – meaning not new construction, paper lots, aren’t included

That said –

Let’s look at some numbers. 2011 was interesting, with the new listing bump breaking the traditional mid-year inventory decline right after the start of the autumn school year – a trend that occurs every year.

And 2012?

list-contract-closed-Charlottesville MSA 2012

So … how’s 2013 looking?

– The contract peak was in May of this year versus April of 2012 – As I said in my monthly note recently, the frenzy of the early spring filled with hope and confidence was tempered early.

– Inventory levels for 2013 are pretty much on track – across the MSA – with 2012.

Updated 27 November 2013

The differentials between 2013 and 2012 are fascinating. Look at the peak in Contracts.

– I’m speculating that the increase in inventory in July/August is due in part because some sellers saw the hope in the market and success their neighbors were having in selling and thought that now would be the right time for them to try to (finally) sell.

Updated - 27 November 2013

Interest rates?

I don’t care what you might read – interest rates rising have impacted consumer psychology, home sales and home prices. I can’t yet quantify any of these three, but I will.

Mortgage Rates - Today_s Home Loan Rates and Trends | Zillow.jpg


list-contract-closed-Charlottesville MSA

If you want to see the raw data, ask me.

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  2. Simon Campbell September 21, 2013 at 18:34

    These charts confirm what I always believed that the vast majority of homes come on the market in the spring. So that means that if a buyer can find a home they like and are willing to move in the winter, they will most likely get the best prices since these homes have been on the market the longest.

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