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Arlington home values expected to keep rising in 2022

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Year-over-year home prices are likely to rise, if relatively modestly, in the coming 12 months, according to projections released by the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors (NVAR) on Dec. 16.

The trade organization projects that, by next December, the typical single-family home in the county will sell for $1,072,153, up 3.5 percent, while the typical townhome will go for $879,198, up 3.1 percent; and a typical condominium will rise 1.7 percent to $450,927.

“A whole lot of people like the urban environment – Arlington is going to do well,” said Terry Clower, director of George Mason University’s Center for Regional Analysis, in the annual forum, held online.

Those projected appreciation rates, generally in line with those of other Northern Virginia localities, are lower than those of the past two years.
“A lot of it is just a matter of affordability,” Clower said. “Our prices are already high.”

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Across the region, NVAR anticipates the median price of all homes that sell in 2022 to be up 3.2 percent compared to 2021, with home sales down slightly from the strong 2021 market.

“Moderation will be the theme,” said NVAR CEO Ryan McLaughlin, who nonetheless wasn’t expecting a signficant downturn.

“Northern Virginia has built-in economic competitive advantages,” he said.
Clower suggested a lack of inventory would keep the scales tilted toward sellers for the foreseeable future.

“If you want to sell a home, you’re going to get what you ask for, probably,” he said. “There’s going to be healthy competition.”

But there remain a host of unknowns: COVID, the future of interest rates, COVID, work-from-home decision-making, COVID, the region’s economic health, COVID, and the ever-present specter of inflation running out of control.

“We haven’t seen that in a while,” Derrick Swaak, who is wrapping up a year as NVAR’s chair, said of that latter unwelcome arrival on the 2021 scene.

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