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Hampton Roads Real Estate Remains Healthy Despite Challenges

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The world of real estate has been hit with many challenges while adjusting to our new normal, but the Hampton Roads real estate market continues to hold strong during these uncertain times. Real Estate Information Network Inc. (REIN), the regional Multiple Listing Service, reports a year-over-year rise in the region’s home price for April 2020. The median sales price was $255,000, up 5.81% from $241,000 in April 2019. If you’ve been contemplating putting your home on the market, you could get more than you planned on compared to last year.

Residential pending sales dipped slightly year-over-year for April. 2,806 homes went under contract in April 2020, down just 5.14% from the same period of time last year. Settled sales rose for the 12th consecutive month, up 4.33% year-over-year with 2,482 homes closed in April. Despite the dip in pending sales, our market is still healthy.

“Considering the restrictions we have all faced in this environment, I am pleased that over 2,800 homes went under contract in April, which is a very small decline year-over-year as we tackle this pandemic. The market is extremely strong with the biggest obstacles being that we are in a 57th consecutive month of reduced inventory,” stated Barry Nachman, President of REIN. “The brokerage community anticipates a strong summer sales season as we slowly ease restrictions in our market and across the country, especially once the military lifts their hold on PCS moves, resulting in more available properties.”

April’s residential active listings dropped 25.40% year-over-year, with 6,695 homes on the market as compared to 8,974 in April 2019. This decline in inventory is a trend that has been ongoing for over four years. This dip puts Hampton Roads in a seller’s market.

In April 2020, distressed homes (foreclosures and short sales) in the Hampton Roads region accounted for 5.25% of all residential settled sales, down 3.19% year-over-year.

The market is ever-changing but the health of the Hampton Roads region looks promising. We encourage you to connect with one of our 8,000 agents to help you navigate current market conditions. If it’s a question of what you can afford, check out our mortgage calculator to help estimate your monthly payments. For local listings you can trust, start with REIN.com.

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