Albemarle ranked No. 1 among Virginia counties for the percentage of its homeowners planning to pull up stakes in the coming months, according to an analysis of mortgage data by ATTOM Data Solutions.
The ATTOM Data second-quarter pre-mover housing index is based on information from loan applications involving single-family homes and condominiums in the state. An index exceeding 100 means the county will likely see a higher rate of home sales within its borders in the third quarter than the national average.
In Albemarle County, whose residents own 29,873 homes, the pre-mover index went from 307 in the second quarter of 2017 to 337 in Q2 of this year, an increase of 10 percent.
Loudoun County (319) had the second-highest Q2 2018 pre-mover index in Virginia, followed by Alexandria City (307).
The data doesn't necessarily mean that those planning to relocate are leaving the county or state, according to ATTOM Data. The counties that were analyzed had at least 10,000 homes and at least 50 pre-mover properties during Q2 2018.
Virginia counties ranked on anticipated home sales
|County||MSA||Single Family Homes & Condos||Q2 2017||Q2 2018||YoY|
|Alexandria City||Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV||42,681||294||307||4%|
|Prince William||Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV||132,791||354||286||-19%|
|Richmond City||Richmond, VA||56,691||155||129||-17%|
|Norfolk City||Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC||54,867||134||114||-15%|
|Chesapeake City||Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC||74,587||76||111||47%|
|Virginia Beach City||Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC||147,390||92||90||-2%|
Source: ATTOM Data Solutions