Hot off the press, here are some highlights of the May housing market:
- The median sales price for a single family home in Seattle in May was $802,000. For condos it was $529,500. Combined, we saw a 17.3% increase in the median sales price from May 2017.
- Inventory improved in May and for the first time in a long time, we have more than 1 months supply of housing (1.1 at the end of May). There’s still a long way to go to get this to the 4-6 months necessary for a balanced market.
The most impressive statistic for May is this one – 84% of properties sold at or above list price! (26% sold at list, 58% above.) That tells us that it is likely that 6 out of 10 listings received multiple offers.
If you’re a seller, it’s the time to sell. If inventory continues to increase, we may start seeing smaller increases in sales prices and less competition. If you’re a buyer, let’s get you into a home.
Give me a call/text at 206-790-0081 or email Jamie@JamieFlaxman.com and let’s talk about your real estate needs.
It’s a tough market out there for buyers. With demand for housing seriously outweighing supply, buyers are competing on most listings, and losing out on many.
The most offers I’ve had to write for a client was 2 years ago, when it took 8. I’ve heard of buyers who have submitted in the double digits.
Right now I have 2 sets of buyers who are on the offer roller coaster. One set has submitted 4. The other 2 (and we’re waiting to hear on the 2nd). It’s frustrating. You find a house you love and want to buy, but end up competing with 26 other offers (yes, last week buyer set 1 was one of 27 offers). You move on, but then you go through it again. What to do? Here are some tips I offer to buyers:
- Know the numbers. You know what your maximum you can spend is. But also know the market numbers. If homes are selling 10-20% above list price, you should be looking at properties listed 10-20% below your maximum.
- Have your financing lined up, and make sure your lender has taken you all the way through underwriting (except for a property address). Have a local lender who is available on the weekends.
- Look at homes that have been on the market for more than 10 days. These are less likely to receive multiple offers. In this case, you might be able to look at homes at or slightly above your maximum as you might be able to get an offer accepted below list price.
- Think about what you can compromise on. Could you go a few miles farther out? Is having a garage more important than getting a house? Don’t restrict yourself to fenced yards, you could put a fence in yourself.
For more ideas on how to compete or to talk about the real estate market, please call/text me at 206-790-0081 or email me.
Spring is here and there are more homes coming on the market!!! While we did see an increase in listings in April over April 2017, we still have a severe shortage of properties for sale. If you’re considering selling, now is the time to talk. Give me a call/text at 206-790-0081 or email and find out what your home is worth today.
I’m going to be putting together a handout on moving tips. There are so many steps to moving besides packing the boxes, from changes of address to preparing your new home for your pets.
This week I’m going to share the experience of a friend who moved recently. Don’t pack your important documents in a box – instead carry them with you!
This friend finished her move on a Saturday and then realized she was missing some boxes. She looked everywhere including driving back to her old place and could not find those boxes anywhere. The missing boxes included copies of her tax returns and boxes of checks, among other things. She was freaking out because if someone took her boxes, they might be able to steal her identity. Important documents such as credit cards, checks, financial records, passports, wills, etc. should be carried with you for the move, not placed in the truck.
My friend got lucky, someone found her boxes and put them in a safe place. She got them back unopened, after having a sleepless Saturday night.
Moral of the Story: Important documents such as credit cards, checks, financial records, passports, wills, etc. should be carried with you for the move, not placed in the truck. Also, inventory your boxes so you know how many went into the truck and how many came out.
Do you have a moving tip or story to share? Email it to Jamie@JamieFlaxman.com and it might make the Moving Tips Handout or show up on the Blog.
March statistics from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service were released last week and showed that we are continuing to see substantial price increases.
Prices overall are up about 13.2 percent from a year ago, and even more so in the four-county Puget Sound region. Among these four counties, Kitsap had the largest year-over-year increase at 19 percent, but King County homes are still the priciest. The median price for last month’s sales of single family homes and condos combined in King County is $625,000, up 17.9 percent from a year ago. For single family homes, excluding condos, the median price for last month’s sales was $689,950. Year-over-year prices are up more than 18 percent in Pierce County and about 14.3 percent in Snohomish County.
We have returned to an extremely intense market for each new listing due to extremely strong job growth and eager buyers who want to purchase before interest rates go higher. We are witnessing high levels of sales activity intensity for each new listing coming on the market.
Until we see more inventory on the market, expect home prices to continue to increase. For more information on the market, contact me at 206-790-0081 or Jamie@JamieFlaxman.com.
In Seattle and King County, we saw a slight increase in inventory over March of last year for single family homes, 3.1% in King County and 6.6% in Seattle. For condos, the number for sale in King County decreased 4.5% but increased 21% in Seattle. The Seattle increase may be because of pre-sales at buildings under construction.
Snohomish County saw a significant decrease in the number of single family homes for sale, with an 11.9% decrease. Condos for sale stayed at the same level as 2017.Lack of inventory is still driving the region’s housing market. The chart below shows 3 year inventory levels for King (green) and Snohomish (orange) Counties as well as for Seattle. The biggest decrease has been in Snohomish County as King County buyers are being priced out their market.
Please give me a call/text at (206) 790-0081 or email to learn more or discuss your options for buying or selling a property.
Next week, on Wednesday, April 4th, I will be teaching my popular class, “Getting to Sold,” at the Greenwood Senior Center. The class is open to everyone and is not targeted to any one age group.
Getting to Sold is for anyone who is thinking about selling a home or condo. It’s a great opportunity to learn what’s going on with the real estate market and why now might be the right time to sell. I also provide tips on preparing your home for market. And we also talk about how to purchase a new property while selling your current one.
Class is April 4th, 6:00-7:30pm. Please reserve your spot by emailing me at Jamie@JamieFlaxman.com or calling/texting 206-790-0081.
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This April I will be hosting two “Getting to Sold” classes for those considering selling a home. In Getting to Sold you will learn valuable insights about the current home selling market including:
- key steps to prepare your home for market and receive top dollar
- options for buying a new home while selling your current one
- why it might be in your best interest to sell sooner rather than later.
The two classes are open to anyone interested and there is no fee to attend.
Wednesday, April 4th, 6:00-7:30 pm will be at the Greenwood Senior Center
Friday, April 13th, 1:30-2:30 pm will be at the Wallingford Senior Center.
Questions and reserve your spot by calling/texting Jamie at 206-790-0081 or by email: Jamie@JamieFlaxman.com.
Inventory (or lack of) is still the story of the greater Seattle real estate market. We did see increases in some areas but not nearly enough to address the demand. In King County the number of single family homes coming on the market increased 6.6% over February 2017 but is still down 7% from 2016; condo inventory increased 13.2% from 2017 but is down 16.9% from 2016.Seattle continued to see a decrease in inventory for single family homes compared to the two past years – down 4.7% from 2017 and 6.9% from 2016. Condos on the other hand increased significantly, a 34.2% increase from 2017 although from 2016 the number was down 15.1%. The increase in condos may be from pre-sales of a few new buildings that are in the development stages.
Moving on to Snohomish County, the number of single family homes showed an increase of 1.3% from 2017 but that is still a 16.8% decrease from February 2016. New condo listings also increased 12.7% from 2017 and also showed a 12.1% increase from 2016.
Are you thinking of selling your home this year? We’re moving into the spring real estate frenzy so let’s talk now about your plans. Give me a call/text at 206-790-0081 or email at Jamie@JamieFlaxman.com.
In both Snohomish and King Counties we saw an increase in inventory in January, but not nearly enough to meet the demand. I know of a home in Everett that received 27 offers and one in Seattle (Fremont) that had 18. Looking at January 2018 inventory you can see that the numbers are continuing to decrease, year over year. In King County the number of active listings at month end is down 50% since 2016, 21% from 2017; in Snohomish County it is down 81% since 2016, 30% from last year.
This is the time to sell – let’s talk about your needs. Give me a call/text at 206-790-0081 or email Jamie@JamieFlaxman.com.