What I’m Seeing – November 2020

Despite election uncertainties, our real estate market remained robust. Continuing inventory constraints have prompted buyers to be more creative, extending their search areas and considering presale and off-market new construction options. I have traveled from Quincy to Enumclaw to Auburn the past few weeks, successfully helping my buyers find new primary or secondary homes. Are you looking for a change? I’d love to help you, too!

 

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EASTSIDE

SEATTLE

KING COUNTY

SNOHOMISH COUNTY


Posted on November 11, 2020 at 10:52 pm
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What I’m Seeing – October 2020

Wow, what a market! With online schooling and more people working from home, I am seeing a real shift in housing needs. Many people now require multiple spaces to accommodate these lifestyle changes. Rural properties have never been hotter as buyers seek more space, both inside and outside. I had a record number of closings in September and multiple offers on my listings. My buyer activity this month indicates that trend will continue. If you would like to discuss your short or long term real estate plans, I’d love to help!

 

BY THE NUMBERS

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EASTSIDE

SEATTLE

KING COUNTY

SNOHOMISH COUNTY


Posted on October 12, 2020 at 6:55 pm
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What I’m Seeing – September 2020

Incredibly attractive interest rates continue to increase buying power. I anticipate some relief for buyers struggling with low inventory with more homes coming on the market as people settle into their post-summer routines. If you are considering a change this year, please reach out so we can discuss how I can help!

 

BY THE NUMBERS

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EASTSIDE

SE

ATTLE

KING COUNTY

SNOHOMISH COUNTY


Posted on September 12, 2020 at 6:20 am
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What I’m Seeing – August 2020

July stats reflect last month’s strong real estate market with increases in price and value and a decrease in the number of days on market.  So far August feels more like our traditional summer market. I’m starting to see signs of things calming down a bit, with fewer multiple offers bringing a welcome reprieve to fatigued buyers. Inventory remains tight so it’s still an excellent time to sell, but as always, pricing and “market-readiness” remain key for a successful sale.

I’m excited to be wrapping up sales of Toll Brother’s luxury townhomes at Crosswater. My new construction estate homes on acreage in Redmond are nearing completion. I have a gorgeous new view listing in Bellevue Towers and a well-priced 2 bedroom condo in Renton. Give me a call if you’d like additional information on any of these opportunities!

 

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EASTSIDE

SEATTLE

KING COUNTY

SNOHOMISH COUNTY


Posted on August 11, 2020 at 4:09 am
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What I’m Seeing – July 2020

The past few weeks I’ve had the pleasure of working with buyers across the price-spectrum – from investors looking for $300k condos to buyers in the $2M+ range. Inventory remains tight across the board. Sellers that have pre-inspected, prepped/staged their homes, and priced them appropriately, are getting a great response. However, if a property is overpriced or ill-prepared, it’s likely to sit. The good news is that savvy sellers can benefit from the critical inventory shortage and patient, well-prepared buyers have an opportunity to find hidden gems. Whether trying to determine the best price to sell your home or how to prevail as a buyer in a multiple offer situation, working with an experienced Realtor is key. I’d love to help.

On another note, if your mortgage is over 3.5% on your primary residence, you may benefit from refinancing as interest rates hit a new low this week. Please contact me if you need a referral to a trusted lender.

 

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EASTSIDE

SEATTLE

KING COUNTY

SNOHOMISH COUNTY


Posted on July 11, 2020 at 1:44 am
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What I’m Seeing – June 2020

 

As restrictions ease, real estate is normalizing, also. New sales in King County were the same last week as a year ago. Inventory remains limited so it’s an excellent time to sell. For buyers, competition is highly dependent on the area and price point. Being conditionally approved for a mortgage (rather than simply pre-approved) can greatly increase the odds of a successful outcome. Please contact me if you need a referral to a trusted lender or would like a complimentary market analysis. I’d be happy to help.

 

BY THE NUMBERS

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EASTSIDE

SEATTLE

KING COUNTY

SNOHOMISH COUNTY


Posted on June 12, 2020 at 8:27 pm
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What I’m Seeing – May 2020

The big news this month is that builders are back to work! With low-interest rates and some builders offering incentives, now is a great time to consider new construction.

The resale market is very price-sensitive with well-priced listings moving quickly. Bullish Sellers, on the other hand, are seeing extended market time even in our low-inventory environment.

There are some great opportunities for buyers, but due to safety concerns, many Sellers are requesting lender pre-approval before they allow their home to be shown. Please contact me for a referral to a trusted loan officer.

Finally, a word caution for Sellers considering forbearance: there is likely to be a negative impact on your credit for doing so that could prevent your ability to refinance for at least a year. Please be sure to read all documents thoroughly and check with a reliable resource before signing. Let me know if I can help.

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EASTSIDE

SEATTLE

KING COUNTY

SNOHOMISH COUNTY


Posted on May 12, 2020 at 9:54 pm
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The Gardner Report – First Quarter 2020

The following analysis of the Western Washington real estate market is provided by Windermere Real Estate Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner. I hope that this information may assist you in making better-informed real estate decisions. For further information about the housing market in your area, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

A MESSAGE FROM MATTHEW GARDNER

Needless to say, any discussion about the U.S. economy, state economy, or housing markets in the first quarter of this year is almost meaningless given events surrounding the COVID-19 virus.

Although you will see below data regarding housing activity in the region, many markets came close to halting transactions in March and many remain in some level of paralysis. As such, drawing conclusions from the data is almost a futile effort. I would say, though, it is my belief that the national and state housing markets were in good shape before the virus hit and will be in good shape again, once we come out on the other side. In a similar fashion, I anticipate the national and regional economies will start to thaw, and that many of the jobs lost will return with relative speed. Of course, all of these statements are wholly dependent on the country seeing a peak in new infections in the relatively near future. I stand by my contention that the housing market will survive the current economic crisis and it is likely we will resume a more normalized pattern of home sales in the second half of the year.

 

HOME SALES

  • There were 13,378 home sales during the first quarter of 2020, a drop of only 0.2% from the same period in 2019, but 27% lower than in the final quarter of 2019.
  • The number of homes for sale was 32% lower than a year ago and was also 32% lower than in the fourth quarter of 2019.
  • When compared to the first quarter of 2019 sales rose in eight counties and dropped in seven. The greatest growth was in Cowlitz and Lewis counties. The largest declines were in Island and Snohomish counties.
  • Pending sales — a good gauge of future closings — rose 0.7% compared to the final quarter of 2019. We can be assured that closed sales in the second quarter of this year will be lower due to COVID-19.

 

 

HOME PRICES

  • Home-price growth in Western Washington rose compared to a year ago, with average prices up 8.7%. The average sale price in Western Washington was $524,392, and prices were 0.4% higher than in the fourth quarter of 2019.
  • Home prices were higher in every county except San Juan, which is prone to significant swings in average sale prices because of its size.
  • When compared to the same period a year ago, price growth was strongest in Clallam County, where home prices were up 21.7%. Double-digit price increases were also seen in Kitsap, Skagit, Mason, Thurston, and Snohomish counties.
  • Affordability issues remain and, even given the current uncertain environment, I believe it is highly unlikely we will see any form of downward price pressures once the region reopens.

 

 

 

DAYS ON MARKET

  • The average number of days it took to sell a home in the first quarter of this year dropped seven days compared to the first quarter of 2019.
  • Pierce County was the tightest market in Western Washington, with homes taking an average of only 29 days to sell. All but two counties — San Juan and Clallam — saw the length of time it took to sell a home drop compared to the same period a year ago.
  • Across the entire region, it took an average of 54 days to sell a home in the first quarter of the year — up 8 days compared to the fourth quarter of 2019.
  • Market time remains below the long-term average across the region. This is likely to change, albeit temporarily, in the second quarter due to COVID-19.

 

CONCLUSIONS

This speedometer reflects the state of the region’s real estate market using housing inventory, price gains, home sales, interest rates, and larger economic factors.

Given the current economic environment, I have decided to freeze the needle in place until we see a restart in the economy. Once we have resumed “normal” economic activity, there will be a period of adjustment with regard to housing. Therefore, it is appropriate to wait until later in the year to offer my opinions about any quantitative impact the pandemic will have on the housing market.

 

ABOUT MATTHEW GARDNER

As Chief Economist for Windermere Real Estate, Matthew Gardner is responsible for analyzing and interpreting economic data and its impact on the real estate market on both a local and national level. Matthew has over 30 years of professional experience both in the U.S. and U.K.

In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities, Matthew sits on the Washington State Governors Council of Economic Advisors; chairs the Board of Trustees at the Washington Center for Real Estate Research at the University of Washington; and is an Advisory Board Member at the Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies at the University of Washington where he also lectures in real estate economics.

 

 


 

This post originally appeared on the Windermere.com Blog.


Posted on May 8, 2020 at 6:26 pm
Sheri Putzke | Posted in Local Market News, Real Estate Trends | Tagged , , , , ,

What I’m Seeing – April 2020

I hope everyone is well and making the best of staying home. As with everything during this time, real estate is changing and evolving as we go. Governor Inslee recently deemed real estate as an essential service, so long as required precautions are followed. Showings are by appointment only and with a total of 2 people in the home at a time, including the agent. I feel fortunate to be able to work and I take the protection of my clients and the public very seriously.

In terms of the market, although the pace has slowed a bit, well-presented and appropriately priced homes continue to sell quickly, sometimes with more than one offer. That said, the buyer pool has understandably shrunk, decreasing the previously intense demand and creating an opportunity for serious buyers looking to take advantage of less competition and favorable interest rates.

As always, I’m here to help, please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions. In the meantime, stay safe and be well. Home has never been a more meaningful place to be.

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EASTSIDE

SEATTLE

KING COUNTY

SNOHOMISH COUNTY


Posted on April 13, 2020 at 6:15 pm
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Amid coronavirus concerns, Seattle homebuying frenzy continues

The condo a quarter-mile away from the Life Care Center of Kirkland — the long-term care facility at the epicenter of the U.S. novel coronavirus outbreak — hit the market at $365,000 last week, one day after the first resident of the nearby facility died of the flulike illness.

By Monday, roughly 34 groups of home shoppers and looky-loos had toured the property, not one expressing concern about the viral disease, according to the listing agent.

The condo sold five days after it was listed, with the winning offer of nearly $400,000 waiving all contingencies.

Even as concern over the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus mounts, the most recent data on area home sales from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS) shows the market for Seattle-area residential realty remains hot.

It’s too early to tell just what the impact of the novel coronavirus will be in the coming weeks, but all else being equal, low inventory and price increases are expected to continue into the spring, brokers said.

An emergency interest-rate cut Tuesday — the first time the Federal Reserve has used emergency powers since the depths of the 2008 financial crisis — could add further fuel to property markets around Puget Sound, brokers said.

“Our agents aren’t yet seeing any impact on open house attendance due to the COVID-19 outbreak,” said Mike Grady, president and COO of Coldwell Banker Bain in Bellevue, in a statement. “We continue to be bullish on the Puget Sound economy and real estate market.”

In February, median home prices in King County spiked 7% over the previous month, to $675,000, representing a 3% gain year-over-year. There were also more new listings in King County, 2,271, than any time since September.

Meanwhile, inventory plunged even lower than January’s already-tight market, by one metric. There were 40% fewer homes on the market in King County in February than there were in January, the NWMLS data shows.

But months of inventory — a measure of how long it would take to sell all the homes currently on the market — stayed constant at 1.2 between January and February, indicating that homes weren’t moving quite at January’s greased-lightning pace.

Prices rose more slowly in Seattle than anywhere else in King County, to $730,500, a less-than-1% bump over this time last year. Elsewhere in the county, from the tonier neighborhoods of the Eastside to less-expensive parts of Southwest King, price growth saw an increase of roughly 10% compared to last year.

Elsewhere in Puget Sound, home prices continued a meteoric rise, especially in Kitsap County, where they rose by an eyeball-popping 18% year-over-year. Growth in Pierce and Snohomish counties hovered around 10% compared to last year, with median prices hitting $395,000 and $515,000, respectively.

Seattle’s condo market saw rocket-powered growth in sales compared to last year, with a 47% increase in closed sales and a corresponding 8.4% rise in median sale price, to $481,225.

It was joined by the Eastside condo market, with a 25% rise in closed sales and a 6.7% jump in prices, to $475,000. Together, those two markets account for one-third of condo sales in Western Washington.

Brokers said they planned to wait and see how the spread of the coronavirus impacts Puget Sound’s sweltering home markets, with most predicting it would have little to no effect on home sales.

At the condo down the road from Life Care, “people were coming and going” at open houses last weekend, said listing agent Alena Pushkina, of Skyline Properties.

At least nine people associated with the center have died of the new coronavirus, and more than a dozen other cases have been linked to the nursing home.

Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty broker Mei Yang said foot traffic at open houses during the upcoming weekend would show whether area home shoppers are caught up in the worries over the virus.

She’s preparing to list a house next week, she said, and out of an abundance of caution asked colleagues whether they thought she should postpone the open house until after the progress of the disease had slowed.

“Their sentiment was to just go ahead,” she said. “So I plan to go ahead.”

Some brokers, though, are taking precautionary measures to protect themselves and their clients from disease.

The National Association of Realtors issued novel coronavirus guidance Thursday advising brokers to require all visitors to open houses to disinfect their hands and inquire about their clients’ travel histories before meeting in person.

Engel & Völkers agent Freddy Delgadillo, who toured the Kirkland condo near Life Care with a client, said they wore masks while in the unit.

Delgadillo said he also wore a pair of black leather gloves while in the condo. As for his client, “I didn’t have her touch anything,” he said, “just in case.”

 


This article was written by reporter and originally appear on SeattleTimes.com


Posted on March 13, 2020 at 4:35 am
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