Buy Alexandria Real Estate: Au Contraire, Mon Frère: Housing Prices Rise in D.C. Area

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Au Contraire, Mon Frère: Housing Prices Rise in D.C. Area

AfghanistanIf you're only a casual follower of the real estate market, you've probably caught tidbits here and there on the news.  There's lots of scare stories out there: foreclosures, short sales, resetting ARMs, banks going out of business, plummeting prices, etc.


It's enough to transform you from a ready, willing and able homebuyer into a cowering, spineless, anonymous creature who'd rather hole up in a cave somewhere in the mountains of Afghanistan than take your chances at entering into the tumultuous real estate market.



Don't HideHad you been planning to sell your house you may have decided to stay still or rather pull your turtleneck over your head and hide for a few years until things get sorted out.


You hear it screaming from the television, the internet sites, and the newspapers: stay away from the housing market, it's scary out there.  Yikes!  Watch out! Prices are still going down.  It could be a double dip.




Casual observers, I'm happy to report that in the D.C. area, it's not a disaster.

Au Contraire, Mon Frère!

That's French for "on the contrary, my brother!"  While I don't get to use my high school French language skills often (Spanish would have probably been a much better and more useful choice), this cute rhyming phrase works perfectly here.

According to the Washington Business Journal (WBJ) and a report by the National Association of REALTORS, housing prices in the D.C. area ROSE 3.8% from the end of 2008 to the end of 2009

Not what you expected or what you've been lead to believe!

The WBJ article states that in the Washington region, single-family home sales averaged prices of $306,200 compared to a price of $295,100 in the final quarter of 2008. Area condominium prices were down just 1.3 percent from a year ago to a price of $239,000.

Moreover, on a national level, in the fourth quarter, 67 of the nation's largest 151 metro areas had higher median single-family home prices.  While, it's less than half of these metro area, it does bode well for many more regions than you might have thought.

Mortgage interest rates are still very low.  The Federal Homebuyer Tax Credit is still available (though time is running out). 

For analysis and a consultation regarding your options in today's Northern Virginia and D.C. real estate market, make sure to contact a seasoned real estate professional.  That's me!


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Comment balloon 9 commentsBrian Block • February 15 2010 03:54PM


Way to be the local expert!

Posted by Katie Evans (Keller Williams) about 8 years ago

Brian:  I minored in French in college... and I am in Fort Worth, Texas now.  You think YOU should know Spanish instead of French.  Just think how useful French would be if you lived in the Peoples Republic of Texas instead of me.

Hey... what a great thought for me.  Want to trade places... LOL.

And... what great news about the rising home values.  A little more of that should be a great help to everyone.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 8 years ago

More and more bloggers are reporting increases  in their real estate markets which should make people happy and optimistic.

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) about 8 years ago

Brian, this doesn't surprise me a bit.  I haven't looked at numbers DC-wide, but there are few enough short sales and foreclosures that I have yet to do one.

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 8 years ago

Brian...great news for the DC market!

We are getting slammed with foreclosures and short sales in our condo market....hopefully it will 'right itself' soon and we will see improvement.

January's numbers are not out yet, but should be in the next couple we shall see!

Again, great post and love your "angle" with it!

Posted by Thom Abbott, Midtown Atlanta GA Condos For Sale ( |770.713.1505 | Intown Atlanta GA Condo Living) about 8 years ago

The house across the street from us just sold for more than I thought it would, and it is a mess!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

Brian it is good to here you market is back on the road to recovery. I hope the trend continues.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) about 8 years ago

Indeed, glad to hear the market is turning around up there!

Posted by Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional, Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor (Charles Rutenberg Realty) about 8 years ago

Que dices hermano?

In our area prices droped about under 5% this past year, and with spring coming prices will level out.  The question is, if it bottomed out or not for us.  We will find out by the end of this year.  My guess is we are at the bottom.  Good to hear your area is out of the decline.


Posted by Tere Rottink (CoastalVa Realty Inc) about 8 years ago