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.
Seattle area condos saw the Q1 median sale price increase by 14.5% over Q1 2016, while Eastside condos rose 17.3%. Both regions continue to experience stronger appreciation in condos than in single-family homes—a clear sign that affordability and in-city living are strong drivers in the local housing market.
The communities of Richmond Beach-Shoreline and Lake Forest Park-Kenmore were on fire in Q1. Their Median Sale Prices were up 18.9% and 24.7%, respectively, over Q1 2016. Representing an affordable region north of Seattle with many local amenities and a reasonable commute, it’s no wonder this area has been favored by local home buyers. Accessible to downtown without tolls, these neighborhoods are also an attractive alternative to communities located further out on the Eastside. North Seattle, while still a very popular region, showed the smallest gain—but of note is that it falls on the heels of exponential growth in 2016 and some moderation in its gains are a good sign of a healthy real estate market.
Northwest Multiple Listing Service brokers expected an uptick in the number of new listings during March, and that expectation was met with a significant gain – up more than 50 percent from February. Members added 10,321 new listings last month, but they also reported an even greater number of pending sales (10,447), leaving inventory near historic lows.
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.
Home buyers are in a spring mood, but sellers are still hibernating, suggested one broker while commenting about the latest statistics from Northwest Multiple Listing Service. Figures for February and feedback from brokers indicate record-low inventory is spurring multiple offers, rising prices, fewer sales, and frustrated house-hunters.
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.
This week saw a significant uptick in new listing activity in many areas and price points. A sign of things to come? We can only hope!
The market is beginning to wake up from a long winter’s slumber. Will it bring new listings and more balance between buyers and sellers??
Increased pending sales have further diminished the supply of homes for sale-leaving slim pickings for buyers-especially at price points below $1 million in core metro neighborhoods of Seattle and all of Bellevue. Word on the street among local realtors is that many new listings are coming to market next week. While very welcome news to the ravished home shoppers out there, it falls desperately short of the inventory needed in the market to keep us from teetering into the abyss of an unsustainable seller’s market.
Pending sales were up in more than half of the region’s neighborhoods. Diminished inventory of available homes for sale continues to be a huge obstacle for home buyers. With local employers such as Amazon adding more than 110,000 workers, regionally and across the globe, and a shortage of buildable land, it’s no wonder housing supply is so tight.
Western Washington’s “high velocity” market continued during January with the number of pending sales (7,745) outgaining the number of new listings (6,507), according to new figures from Northwest Multiple Listing Service.
Opportunity exists for buyers who get to the game early. We are seeing some properties go under contract with few or no competing offers.
Pondering a remodel? Did you know some projects actually pay for themselves when it’s time to sell? Remodeling Magazine just released its 30th annual Cost vs. Value report, which provides a detailed analysis into how much popular remodeling projects cost—and the value they add to your home—in various regions across the county. Thanks to our robust housing market, the Pacific Region beat the national average for recoup on every single project.
This week marked slower sales activity in many areas as many new listings trickle onto the market. Perhaps buyers are playing the wait and see game? With prices expected to rise further this spring, buyers may not want to sit on the sidelines too long.
Fewer new listings this week. Solid sales activity decreases the supply of available homes in most areas. Even the $2 million+ market looks favorable to seller this week.
Seattle area condos saw the annual median sale price increase by 13.3% over 2015, while Eastside condos rose 16.0%. Both regions experienced stronger appreciation in condos than in single-family homes—an early indicator that affordability is becoming a factor for local home buyers and evidence that millennials have entered the market in force.
A lot of new listings this week with pending sales nipping on their heels. Much to the dismay of many potential home buyers, this looks to be an early start to strong seller’s market in 2017.
The Seattle real estate market saw the median sale price of single-family homes increase by 12.7% in 2016. The average cost per square foot of Seattle homes increased 13.4% to $353. Five years into a strong seller’s market, with demand unabated, it appears we will see much of the same in 2017.
Like many other months of 2016, December was frustrating for buyers across Washington state as they encountered depleted inventory and rising prices. Post-election hikes in interest rates – with more on the horizon — added to would-be homeowners’ worries.
A frozen start to our new year didn’t seem to dampen home sales.