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How Many Homes Sold in 2008? How Many Will Sell in 2009?

Happy New Year 2009HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Before looking ahead, it's important to take a look back at real estate sales for 2008.  At the start of 2008, inventory of homes on the market was very high and it certainly looked like home sales were going to be tough.  What we ended up with is a mixed bag.  In a few jurisdictions (Alexandria, Arlington) the volume of home sales was down significantly.  Yet in other areas, like Loudoun County and especially Prince William County, sales of homes were brisk and far exceeded the number of homes sold in 2007.

Whether you are planning to sell your home in 2008 are are interested in purchasing a home this year (I know it's on some of your New Year's resolutions lists), it's necessary to understand some numbers -- the number of sales and the amount of inventory available.


How many homes sold in Northern Virginia in 2008?

                                                                                                                   % Change from 2007
ALEXANDRIA CITY                 1,784 Homes Sold in 2008                     -19.2%
ARLINGTON COUNTY              2,320 Homes Sold in 2008                     -22.0%
FAIRFAX COUNTY                 13,705 Homes Sold in 2008                    + 3.0%
FALLS CHURCH CITY                   130 Homes Sold in 2008                     - 7.8%
LOUDOUN COUNTY                   5,321 Homes Sold in 2008                    +7.2%
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY    8,869 Homes Sold in 2008                   +81.1%

Wow!  Are we talking about 2008?  The tough real estate market in 2008?  What explains the gargantuan 81% increase in sales in Prince William County?  It all comes down to price!  Foreclosures, short sales, and otherwise low and lower prices made Prince William County deals hard to resist for homebuyers in 2008.  Closer in to D.C., Alexandria, Arlington, and Falls Church were not hit as hard by the credit crunch/mortgage crisis and did not suffer the significant price drops of the further out suburbs.  As a result, sales were down significantly during the 2008 real estate market.

Pull out your crystal ball




How many Northern Virginia homes will sell in 2009?  Pull out your crystal balls.  There's a ton of variables this year and the experts and prognosticators vary widely on their predictions of a real estate recovery, the economy, and what effect low interest rates and the new presidential administration will have on the market.






As of the start of 2009, here are the inventories of resale homes listed for sale on the Multiple Listing Service:

                                                                                        % Change from 1/1/08
ALEXANDRIA CITY                    535 Homes Available                                 -19.5%
ARLINGTON COUNTY                 668 Homes Available                                 -  0.9%
FAIRFAX COUNTY                   4,466 Homes Available                                -23.9%
FALLS CHURCH CITY                     51 Homes Available                                 +6.3%
LOUDOUN COUNTY                  1,814 Homes Available                                -35.3%
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY   2,585 Homes Available                                -45.7%

Overall, inventory numbers are way down from what they were one year ago today.  This could be very good news if you are planning to sell your home this year.  If 2009 home sales continue at the 2008 pace, some jurisdictions currently have just around 3 months of inventory supply!  What a change from January 2008 when there were almost as many homes on the market in Prince William County as sold in the entire previous year!



You can't control the market.  You can't control the prices or the number of sales. 

The market is changing. 

2009 IS THE TIME to get expert advice, a skilled negotiator, and a savvy real estate broker who knows how to navigate this market to help you with your real estate goals.

Brian Block         RE/MAX Allegiance         703-626-0715



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Comment balloon 7 commentsBrian Block • January 01 2009 08:14AM


Brian-Great stats! Happy New Year.

Posted by Joseph D. Federico, Eastern Massachusetts Real Estate (Donahue Real Estate Co.) over 9 years ago

I suppose how many will sell depends on how the loan approval process goes.  It they tighten more, . . . . . .

Banks are getting their "stuff" together.  That's one thing. 

More short sales and foreclosures.


Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Brian, good analysis there!  I think the inventory numbers will probably start picking up in a couple of months, just because they usually do in the spring.  And like Lenn said, the banks may start to make it easier for us to sell short sales and foreclosures. 

And Happy New Year, You!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Brian, Very nice recap.

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) over 9 years ago


I like seeing inventories go down...I think that is a good indicator of the current market condition! On another note, Many look back at 2008 and are glad to see it go, when actually, with the exception of about three lousy months, it was actually not a bad year!!! Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) over 9 years ago

We will see what happens.  Decreased inventory usually proceeds a increase in price according to the laws of supply and demand.  

Posted by James Lockard, Realtor, Allendale, NJ (RE/MAX Properties - Saddle River) over 9 years ago

The statistic I am most interested in over-heated markets like D.C. are for the folks that bought at the top of the market a few years back and now need to re-sell.  Specifically, for submarkets that have experienced a downturn.

Posted by Chris Olsen, Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) over 9 years ago