The annual Seattle Met breakdown of Seattle neighborhoods is out, check out this at-a-glance chart comparing 2020 YTD, to 2019 and 2018 data:
Full chart here: https://www.seattlemet.com/home-and-real-estate/seattle-area-neighborhoods-by-real-estate-numbers
Last week’s pending home sales in King County were up 28% over the same week last year, as my video shows. Buyers are still very active in the market, which is continued good news for sellers. With the supply of available homes down 46% from the same point last year, sellers should see their properties stand out that much more. Connect with me for more insights about our July real estate market and how it aligns with your real estate goals.
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In order to capture the full picture of how the market is faring week-to-week during COVID-19, Windermere has closely tracked residential sales activity in King County. An analysis of weekly pending home sales tells a tale of three markets: Before the shutdown, the first weeks of the shutdown, and everything since.
A pre-shutdown recap shows that the market was flat in January compared to the same month last year, while February saw a spike as pending units significantly outpaced those of 2019. And the first half of March – the weeks immediately before the statewide shutdown – showed slightly higher activity than March 2019. Then the Stay Home order kicked in, real estate brokers and their buyers were forced to the sidelines, and the market stalled. As a result, the last two weeks of March and each week of April saw pending sales well below those from last year.
Since the first week of April, however, pending sales have been on the rise, revealing a market that is gaining steam once again. Home sales are still trending behind last year’s but catching up remarkably fast. Whereas April began with weekly pending sales at only 40% of 2019 levels, by mid-May that figure had climbed to 79%.
Though the shutdown initially slowed King County’s spring market to a trickle, home purchase activity is now strengthening each week as the pace quickens for both buyers and their brokers.
Full report via PDF:
Hear what our Windermere Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner, has to say about the effects of the Covid19 Virus and the Housing Market
Seattle Metro 2019 Housing Market Overview
After years of declining inventory and aggressive price appreciation, 2019 brought a sense of balance to the Metro Seattle real estate market. Affordability issues led to moderation in prices as buyers pulled back to assess market conditions.
In celebration of the 28 homes I had the opportunity to sell this year, I have donated to the following charities to celebrate these closings. My 2019 Charitable Giving included donations to:
American Heart Association
UW Alumni Association
NW Sarcoma Foundation
Standup For The Cure
Spin 4 Crohns/Colitis
Evergreen Treatment Center
Climate Strike Solidarity Fund
Vietnamese Friendship Society
Chief Sealth Intl HS
White Center Food Bank
WS Co-op Preschools
Social Justice Fund NW
American Red Cross
Rainier Valley Corps
Rebuilding Together Seattle
Please tell me, What is your favorite charity? I’ll be sure to include them in my giving plan for next year!
August 2019 statistics with % change from July 2019
Sold Listings: 726 down -6%
Total Inventory: 1,203 down -7%
Average Sales Price: $864,000 down -3%
Average Days on Market: 35 up +35%
Knowledge, communication, and partnership are key factors to a successful negotiation in Seattle’s market. In general, sellers have endured significantly different market conditions in the past, so their experiences are heavily influencing how they approach their real estate decisions today. Many buyers, on the other hand, have specific objectives in achieving their real estate dream, not motivated by past experiences. Your goals are the priority. Let’s get to work.
Source: Northwest Multiple Listing Service – METRO SEATTLE RESIDENTIAL