N.Va. home sales to end year with strongest sales since recession hit

(RECAP: Final figures won’t be released until Jan. 10, but the Northern Virginia real estate market appears likely to report its best sales year since before the recession hit. Average sales prices, however, could post their first decline – albeit a small one – for the first time in six years. With 11 of 12 months reported and just the December figures to go, a total of 20,070 properties have gone to closing across the local area, according to figures reported by the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors (NVAR). That’s up 5.3 percent from the 19,063 transactions during the first 11 months of 2015, and is just 239 sales below the overall total for the last calendar year. For the first 11 months of the year, the average sales price was reported at $555,389.)