New home listings, sales increase in Historic Triangle

rarriaza@vagazette.com

Across Williamsburg, James City County and York County, new home listings and closed sales have increased over last year, according to the July home sales report from the Williamsburg Area Association of Realtors.

The group, which is comprised of more than 400 Realtors from the Greater Williamsburg area, covers and reports on home market trends in Williamsburg, James City County, York County, New Kent County, Charles City County, Newport News, Hampton, Surry and Gloucester.

The organization reports an increase in new listings across the three localities during July, with James City County seeing the largest increase of 33 new listings compared to this time last year. Closed sales have also increased marginally in all three markets, with 10 more closed sales in James City and York counties.

Across all the localities covered by the organization, the median amount of time that homes sat on the market before being sold was three weeks, compared to 41 days in July 2017.

“I think it’s interesting that York County was up as much as they were, but it’s a very small area that you look at, but they had a nearly 50 percent increase in new listings and a 43 and a half percent increase in closed sales, so that’s pretty significant,” said Lisa Noon, CEO of the area Realtors association. “When you look at the numbers, that’s only 10 more houses sold, but the 43 percent jump (from last year) is significant.”

Noon also said it was surprising to see sales increase in both Williamsburg and James City County, as one usually differs from the other.

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The Williamsburg Pottery, a James City County institution, celebrated its 80th anniversary at the Kingsmill Resort Aug. 16.

The party was hosted by Kim Maloney, president and CEO of the Pottery, and was attended by local and state officials including Gov. Ralph Northam. Also in attendance were former governors Bob McDonnell, Jim Gilmore and Doug Wilder, along with York County Board of Supervisors member Sheila Noll and Barry DuVal, president and CEO of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

“The whole main celebration was just going through the past of the Williamsburg Pottery. It was kind of like a birthday party for the business,” said Angela Ronk, marketing coordinator for the Williamsburg Pottery. “We had four governors there and many state and local officials did come to congratulate us.”

Much of the event was dedicated to the late Jimmy Maloney, who founded the then-Pottery Shop in 1938. Kim Maloney also highlighted the company’s annual donations to local groups like Meals on Wheels, Faith in Action, Red Cross, William and Mary Tribe Athletics and the James City County Fire Department and EMS.

Ronk said the 80th anniversary celebration will continue for the rest of the year with various in-house promotions and events. Next up is Sept. 8, where the Pottery will host a free wine festival and a classic car show fundraiser organized by James City County Fire and Rescue.

“There’ll be more throughout the entire year, and as it gets closer to the holidays, it’ll be about every weekend,” Ronk said. “We’ve just been a pillar in our community since 1938, we do believe in giving back in our community and it’s because of our community that we’ve survived this long.”

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