The Lynchburg, VA market saw an increase in closings of new homes in October year-over-year, and the increase was greater than September 2015. New home closings moved from 3 a year earlier to 9 after the figure moved from 5 in September 2014 to 7 in September 2015.

A total of 98 new homes were sold during the 12 months that ended in October, up from 92 for the year that ended in September.

New home closings were 9 of the 304 total closings, up on a percentage basis from 3 of 210 a year earlier. Closings of new and existing homes increased year-over-year in October after also rising in September year-over-year.

Pricing and Mortgage Trends

The average value of newly sold homes in October 2015 was $253,604, down from last year's $274,933. This followed a 31.5% fall in September from a year earlier.

There was a decline in average mortgage size on new homes, going from $254,768 last year to $237,254 in October 2015. Average mortgage size on new homes went from $291,307 in September 2014 to $226,484 in September 2015.

Other Market Trends

There was no change in the composition of the new home market with regard to the types of properties sold in October 2015.

Foreclosures and real estate owned (REO) closings continued to decline from a year earlier in October, but did not appear to be dragging the market. Out of all existing home closings, foreclosures combined with REO closings made up 22.7% of closings, below 25.6% a year earlier. The percentage of existing home closings involving foreclosures dropped to 12.2% in October from 19.3% a year earlier while REO closings as a percentage of existing home closings grew to 10.5% from 6.3%.

Please refer to the ABOUT THIS MSA tab to learn more about geographic coverage and data availability in the Lynchburg, VA area.