A little cooling off can been seen in the market this week as we bring the latter part of August, and summer break, to a close and begin planning for back-to-school.
This week will likely mark the last active listing week of August as buyers, sellers and agents enjoy the last bit of summer vacations and prep for back to school. The second half of August is a great time for buyers to find the tables turned in their favor.
Look for a rush of new listings to come to market in the week following Labor Day as we enter the second most active season of the year.
The week’s record heat dried up the Seattle region’s inventory of homes for sale right along with everything else. We can’t remember an August where the number of homes for sale was this low!
Followed by last week’s record sales, and fewer new listings to market, this week marked an even more extreme shortage of homes for sale-with most areas having far less than one month of inventory at their mainstream price points. What is left on the market is often tired or lacking desirable features. Turn-key homes are golden right now and we need more of them!
This week strongly favored sellers as fewer new listings came to market and more listings sold pending.
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We’ve seen an eclectic week this week in the greater Seattle region with more affordable price points strongly favoring a seller’s market while upper price points have slowed a bit.
As anticipated, many new listings entered the market this week. Coupled with fewer holiday week sales, Seattle area real estate is slightly leaning in buyer’s favor this week…at least in upper price points. This is especially true with Downtown Seattle condos where all but the lowest price points are either balanced or buyer-friendly.
Whoa Betsy! What’s happening in Ballard this week? Virtually zero month’s supply of inventory on the market for sale below $1.5 million!! Other areas fare better for buyers this week…but a low supply of homes for sale is prevalent throughout the region as we head into this holiday weekend. Look for some relief in the form of new listings by next weekend as homes come to market after the holiday lull.
We’ve seen more listings come to market in the past week than during most weeks in April. That equates to more choices for buyers and possibly, just possibly, a little more balance (between buyers and sellers) in the market.
The frenzied market of last week has certainly cooled to a more moderate pace. Sellers: not to worry-you’ll likely still have multiple offers-maybe just not 10 of them. Buyers: the second half of the year is your opportunity to shine with more homes for sale and fewer competing buyers than in the spring.
The big winners this week were the Central and West Seattle neighborhoods and Downtown Bellevue condos-if you are a seller that is. For buyers-South Seattle, East Bellevue and Kirkland all had a nice jump in new listings to choose from.
This week feels a bit like watching a ping pong match in in the real estate market. On the tails of strong seller sentiment last week we find buyers more in the driver’s seat this week with more new listings on the market and fewer pending sales. A little more of this kind of balance does a market good!
Sellers had the upper hand this week with fewer new listings on the market and pending sales depleting much of the existing inventory. This was especially so in Ballard and North Seattle. Several Eastside neighborhoods showed some balance in the $1.5 million range but were otherwise right in tune with Seattle. Expect many new listings to come to market in the two weeks following Memorial Day weekend.
Pending sales ruled the roost this week as buyers enjoyed the many new listings on the market. Some price points stagnated but all-around a very good week for both buyers and sellers.
Market activity was solid this week as buyers had many new listings to choose from. The result was a marked increase in pending sales in this peak market week.
This week’s activity cooled somewhat compared to last week’s marathon. The market is still active to be sure, but more buyers are taking their time to check out their options. Our 1.75 days of gorgeous weather possibly played a role…
Wow, just WOW! Buyers embraced the market in force following last week’s flood of new listings. Prepared to waive everything and give sellers added perks as icing on the cake in hopes of being the lucky bid winner of the home of their dreams, buyers are making some incredulous choices.
Good news for sellers as it pushes the real estate market to new highs. Not so good news for buyers who aren’t willing to give their blood to compete. As for Realtors, we prefer a more balanced market where everyone wins.
We saw an incredible uptick in homes for sale this week and some slowing in the volume of pending sales. That said, we are hearing crazy stories of hot Seattle listings being bid up 20-25%. Be careful out there! Know your limit before you get emotionally attached. Having a savvy Realtor can help you make smart decisions even when the market is bonkers.
Listing supply dwindled with little new listing activity in the Seattle area this Spring Break week. The rain dance worked though! Look for many new listings to come on beginning next week as we enter the peak of the listing season. Photographers, home stagers and other pros tell us they are helping prepare more listings for market in the next two weeks than they’ve seen all year. This will be most welcome news for home buyers everywhere.
Many neighborhoods saw a slight cooling off this week with pending sales lower than the craze of last week. More new listings promised to come to market could ease the pain felt by buyers in this extreme seller’s market. Check out this week’s report neighborhood by neighborhood for details!
This week was beyond eclectic as every neighborhood seemed to beat to its own drum completely oblivious to what was happening next door.
Sales increased this week at many price points in nearly every neighborhood throughout the Seattle-Eastside region. The $2 million and above price point continues to have more supply than demand, but otherwise the market very much favors home sellers.
News of substantial expected mortgage interest rate increases in 2017 may motivate buyers further to purchase while rates are low. Every 1% increase in interest rates equates to about a 10% reduction in purchasing price for the same monthly payment. So if you purchased a $600,000 home at 3.5% interest it would be about the same monthly payment as a $540,000 home at 4.5% interest.
This week saw the market shift even more extremely to the seller’s favor as inventory diminished even further (as if that were even possible). Our market continues to lavish sellers with a dream list of terms as buyers scramble to compete for the limited supply of homes for sale.