Wakeland Manor, Stephens City, VA – 2016 Real Estate Market Review

Wakeland Manor, Stephens City, VA – 2016 Real Estate Market Review

Wakeland Manor in Stephens City, VA, is one of the oldest and newest subdivisions in Wakeland Manor, Stephens City, VA - 2016 Real Estate Market Reviewthe Frederick County. Some homes date back to the 1970s and there is new construction going on today.

The community is made up of older ranch style houses, split foyers and newer two-story colonials and contemporary homes. There is also wonderful townhouse complex in the neighborhood. Wakeland Manor has a community center with a pool for residents. It is on the east side of Stephens City, which is a great place for commuters. Residents who live in Wakeland Manor have quick access to multiple highways leading in the DC Metro area and north and south into West Virginia and Maryland and the southern Shenandoah Valley.

Wakeland Manor by the numbers 2016

Wakeland Manor had a small pullback on home sales in 2016 as compared to 2015. There were 40 homes sold compared to 50 in 2015. Of those homes sold, the townhouse complex made up 13 of those homes. Those townhouses are large homes with spacious rooms and a contemporary style. The townhouse complex also has tennis courts and a basketball court for residents.

The average days on the market was up slightly from 2015. The average days on the market was 53 in 2016 and 43 in 2015. That’s not a major change. There is new construction at all corners of Stephens City, VA. That may have contributed to the days on the market. More options give buyers more time to make a decision.

The best numbers

The best numbers came in the average sale price of homes sold. In 2015, the average sale price was $269,692 and it was $272,037 in 2016. That’s not a huge number, but it is a number that is moving in the right direction. Wakeland Manor has something for every housing taste.

If you’re in the market to buy or sell in the Wakeland Manor area, give Mike Cooper a call. Mike is your local real estate sales pro.

 

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Canter Estates, Stephens City, VA Real Estate Year in Review – 2016

Canter Estates, Stephens City, VA Real Estate Year in Review – 2016

Canter Estates is on the east side of Stephens City, VA. It’s a highly desirable Canter Estates, Stephens City, VA Real Estate Year in Review - 2016neighborhood with a variety of housing styles. Custom builders, such as, KHovnanian and Ashbrooke Homes have shared in the construction of many, if not most of the homes built there.

The neighborhood boarders Rt 522 which is a connecting highway between Rt 66, Rt 50, I81, Rt 55 and Rt 340 which makes Canter Estates a commuter’s dream. Within a few minutes, a homeowner who commutes into the DC Metro area can be on a highway leading to their destination. It also gives southern and northern commuters the same advantage.

Canter Estates by the numbers

Canter Estates saw an incredible jump in home sales in 2016. Homes sales were up 142% from 2015 with 29. The previous year saw 12. Distressed properties have not had a major market impact over the 2015-2016 market years.

In a unique phenomenon, 18 of the 29 homes sold in the first 6 months. Eleven homes were sold from July through December. March and November saw no home sales. There is no simple explanation for those stats.

More good numbers

Canter Estates real estate did see some similarities with 2015. The average days on the market were 28 in 2016 and 32 in 2015. Also, the average sale price for 2016 was $304,732, and the average for 2015 was $302,383. These numbers show no real change.

The average sale in 2016 was a 4 bedroom – 2.5 baths home. Two of the 29 sales were homes constructed in 2016, but the average year of construction was 2004. New construction continues to appear on the Canter Estates landscape. Canter Estates gives buyers the advantage of feeling like they are living in a quiet comfortable rural area while having access to all city amenities within minutes.

If you’re in the market to buy or sell in this great neighborhood, give Mike Cooper a call. Mike is your local real estate sales pro.

Winchester – Frederick County, VA Real Estate Sales – December 2016

Winchester – Frederick County, VA Real Estate Sales – December 2016

The Winchester – Frederick County, VA real estate market showed continued growth Winchester - Frederick County, VA Real Estate Sales - December 2016
and stability in December 2016. Real estate sales were up 13.75% over the same period in 2015. Total sales for December 2016 were 155.

Of that number, Frederick County had 124, or 80%, of the sales and Winchester City had 31. During the same period in 2015, sales were at 135. Frederick County had 120, or 89%, and Winchester City had 15.

Dollars and cents

The Winchester City sales ranged from a low of $37,500 to a high of $789,900. The overall average for the city was $265,855. The county fared a little better with a low of $79,900 to a high of $720,000. The average was $278,609. The Winchester City average home was a 3 bedroom 2 bath home. The Frederick County average was 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms.

Days on the market

The average days on the market for the city was 64, while the county was 82. The city always has fewer home available. The limited number encourages a more robust turnover of turnaround time on listings. The county is the larger of the two market areas, and it also has a longer turnaround time due to the volume of available properties.

In the Winchester – Frederick County, VA real estate market, a market of 500 – 550 available homes is a rapid moving market with more competitive home pricing. When the number of available homes climbs higher, such as in July of 2014 where the market reached 780+ homes, the market tends to slow down and competitive bidding and multi-contract offers decline. Days on the market will increase under those condition where it will decline when there is limited available properties.

Distressed properties continue to decline in the Winchester – Frederick County, VA real estate market

The number of distressed properties declined in December 2016. The yearly average had stayed steady at 9% throughout much of 2016, but the December number fell to 5%. There were only 3 short sales over both markets, and there were 5 foreclosures. That number is significant when you look at it in light of 2015. Distressed properties made up 18% of the December market in 2015. Foreclosures and short sales were three times that of December 2016.

The overall health and stability of the real estate market continues to show solid improvements as the market enters 2017. When you’re ready to buy or sell in the Winchester – Frederick County, VA real estate market, make sure to call Mike Cooper at Cornerstone Business Group, Inc. Cornerstone is your local real estate sales pros.

 

Winchester – Frederick County, VA Real Estate Market Report – 11/2016

Winchester – Frederick County, VA Real Estate Market Report – November 2016

Well, there are 11 down and 1 to go. Months, that is. The Winchester – Frederick County, VA real estate market is back in stride after the election slowdown. November still had signs of an election hangover, but like an Alka Seltzer and a good nights sleep, time will cause that hangover  to fad away over the next weeks.

Winchester – Frederick County, VA Real Estate Market: By the numbers

The overall sales for November 2016 (this would be homes contracted in late September, October and early November) were 140. That’s a 10% increase from the same period in 2015. Of that number, Stephens City carried 20% of those sales. Frederick County had 114 sales, and the city of Winchester had 26.

The only lagging number in local real estate sales was the total days on the market. November 2016 showed 109 Winchester - Frederick County, VA Real Estate Market Report - 11/2016average days on the market compared to 64 in 2015. Here again, an election year affects how the market responds to the uncertainty of an election cycle. Mid-term elections have a very small impact on the Winchester – Frederick County, VA real estate market, but presidential elections can have a large impact on the market.

Winchester – Frederick County, VA Real Estate Market: What’s in the numbers?

There were a number of very positive changes in the numbers this November. The average sale price is up $23,008 from 2015. The November average sales price was $268,024, compared to $245,016. Home prices have been steadily climbing in 2016. A recent Real Estate News article on Realtor.com revealed that home prices have surpassed 2006 numbers.

One of the most encouraging numbers is the distressed properties. Distressed properties are short sales and foreclosures (or REOs). The distressed properties in the 2015 November market were 19% of total sales. In the November 2016 market, that number fell to 8%. Eight to nine percent have been an average for most of 2016. The large decline year to year is another great sign that the market is back on track. Mortgage Daily News reports that negative equity is down 24% year to year.

That is a good sign for home sellers. Buyers will pay a little more for homes in 2017, but home sellers who have been treading water for the past 6-8 years are finally going to get a little relief in their ability to sell at a profit.

As noted above, the only negative numbers for November relate to the days on the market, and it is reasonable based on historical facts to pin that increase in days on the market to the election uncertainty. Peering into 2017, the Winchester – Frederick County, VA real estate market looks poised to have a great year.

Winchester – Frederick County, VA Real Estate Market: Get a home-buying-selling advantage in 2017

If you’re a buyer or seller in the in the Winchester – Frederick County, VA real estate market, make sure to call Cornerstone Business Group, Inc. We are your local real estate sales pros.