SALEM, Va. -

More than half of Virginians believe that the condition of the real estate market has improved since last year, according to a Roanoke College poll released Tuesday.

But that sentiment is down from a poll conducted in August.

The poll found that 57 percent of Virginians believe that the condition of the real estate market has improved since last year, while 49 percent believe that conditions will improve in the next year.

The poll also found that optimism about the real estate market in Northern Virginia is in contrast to the pessimism in Southwestern Virginia. Only 26 percent of the respondents believe that selling conditions are better today than a year ago in Southwestern Virginia. In Northern Virginia, 63 percent of the people who took the poll report that today is a better time to sell than a year ago.

The Roanoke College poll pointed to several positive reports, including the national unemployment rate, for the overall optimism.

Click here to see the Roanoke College poll:http://roanoke.edu/News_and_Events/News_Archive/RC_Poll_Nov_2013_Real_Estate_Index.htm