December Real Estate Report

Seattle has been ranked the hottest housing market of the year 2017, after 16 months in a row at the top of the S&P CoreLogic Case Shiller Home Price 20-City Composite Index. Home prices continue to stay at peak levels, and since inventory is quite low, the market for buying a home is incredibly competitive.

According to Redfin, over 50 percent of the homes sold by the company last year resulted in bidding wars, showing just how deeply competitive 2017 was for local real estate. And the competition isn’t just between local buyers; international investors, particularly from China, are very attracted to Seattle real estate opportunities. However, foreign investment in the Seattle real estate market has dwindled since late last summer.

Residential home prices in 2017 were significantly higher than in 2016, although listings were down. This December, there were 349 homes listed, from 423 in 2016. The average sale price last month was $892,411, which was an increase of slightly more than $100,000 from the 2016 average sale price of $791,526. The top sale price in December was $5,825,000, an increase of $2,075,000 over the top sale price in December 2016.

Sales of condominiums in Seattle last month was relatively the same as those in December 2016, with the greatest difference being in the top sale price. In 2016, the top price of December was $4,250,000 and last month featured a top price of $2,850,000. There were only two fewer Seattle condos listed last month as compared with the 186 condos listed in December 2016. Average condo sales prices varied less than $50,000; the average price in December of the previous year was $530,123, while the average in December 2017 was $573,870.

Seattle offers a total of 248 active listings and 367 listings pending sale.

With such a highly competitive market, professional knowledge and guidance is crucial when you’re looking for your new home in Seattle. Our team of experienced, customer-focused brokers and leasing agents can help you navigate the process and find your next dream home. Contact us to get started!

This data is pulled from the NWMLS including neighborhoods Arboretum, Ballard, Beacon Hill, Belltown, Belvedere Terrace, Bitter Lake, Blue Ridge, Broadmoor, Broadview, Broadway, Capitol Hill, Cedar Park, Central Area, Columbia City, Crown Hill, Denny Blaine, Downtown, Dunlap, East Union, Eastlake, First Hill, Fort Lawton, Fremont, Georgetown, Green Lake, Greenwood, Haller Lake, Hawthorne Hills, Interbay, International District, Iverness, Jackson Park, Jefferson Park, Judkins, Lake City, Lake Union, Laurelhurst, Leschi, Licton Springs, Loyal Heights, Madison Park, Madison Valley, Madrona, Magnolia, Magnolia Bluff, Maple Leaf, Matthews Beach, Meadowbrook, Montlake, N. Beacon Hill, North Beach, North Capitol Hill, Northgate, Olympic Hills, Olympic Manor, Phinney Ridge, Pinehurst, Pioneer Square, Portage Bay, Queen Anne, Ravenna, Roanoke Park, Roosevelt, Safeco Field, Sand Point, Seattle, Sodo, South Lake Union, Sunset Hill, The Highlands, Times Square, University District, Victory Heights, View Ridge, Wallingford, Washington Park, Wedgwood, Westlake, Whittier, Windermere, and Woodland Park.

November Real Estate Report

The Seattle real estate market shows no signs of slowing its hot streak of growth due to high demand, limited inventory and significant development projects that are snapped up almost immediately after completion. We are at the top of the list of major U.S. cities with the highest home price increases:

“The Seattle metro right now we are seeing it’s the second fastest moving market among the large markets in the U.S. with almost 12 percent annual home value appreciation,” said Zillow Chief Economist Svenja Guddell, after the company issued a new market report.

Home Available in Anacortes, WA

Average sale prices are distinctly higher this year for both residential home sales, exemplifying the local market demand.

In November 2017, residential home sales were more than double those from this month last year; 461 homes were listed last month, while 221 homes were put on the market in November 2016. Average sale prices were also more than double this year, with an average home sale of $800,000 as compared with the $390,000 average in November 2016. Top home sale prices are much more variable, and the highest-priced home to sell last month was $6,200,000. Last year in November, the highest sale price was $8,000,000, with the next highest home sold that month priced at $2,804,000.

Home Available in Washington Park, Seattle

There were significantly fewer listings for condominium sales this November as compared with the same month last year. In 2016, 451 condos were put on the market, while 221 were listed in November 2017. The average sale price for condominiums sold in November 2017 dropped $209,000 from last year, to $470,000 from $679,000. The highest-priced condo sold last month was $2,800,000, down $1.5 million from the highest-priced condo sold in November last year: $4,300,000.

Home Available in Denny Blaine, Seattle

Seattle offers a total of 363 active listings and 634 listings pending sale.

With such a highly competitive market, professional knowledge and guidance is crucial when you’re looking for your new home in Seattle. Our team of experienced, customer-focused brokers and leasing agents can help you navigate the process and find your next dream home. Contact us to get started!

This data is pulled from the NWMLS including neighborhoods Arboretum, Ballard, Beacon Hill, Belltown, Belvedere Terrace, Bitter Lake, Blue Ridge, Broadmoor, Broadview, Broadway, Capitol Hill, Cedar Park, Central Area, Columbia City, Crown Hill, Denny Blaine, Downtown, Dunlap, East Union, Eastlake, First Hill, Fort Lawton, Fremont, Georgetown, Green Lake, Greenwood, Haller Lake, Hawthorne Hills, Interbay, International District, Iverness, Jackson Park, Jefferson Park, Judkins, Lake City, Lake Union, Laurelhurst, Leschi, Licton Springs, Loyal Heights, Madison Park, Madison Valley, Madrona, Magnolia, Magnolia Bluff, Maple Leaf, Matthews Beach, Meadowbrook, Montlake, N. Beacon Hill, North Beach, North Capitol Hill, Northgate, Olympic Hills, Olympic Manor, Phinney Ridge, Pinehurst, Pioneer Square, Portage Bay, Queen Anne, Ravenna, Roanoke Park, Roosevelt, Safeco Field, Sand Point, Seattle, Sodo, South Lake Union, Sunset Hill, The Highlands, Times Square, University District, Victory Heights, View Ridge, Wallingford, Washington Park, Wedgwood, Westlake, Whittier, Windermere, and Woodland Park.

Lakeside in Edmonds

This sunny, Lake Ballinger waterfront home sits at the end of a quiet cul de sac. A level, three quarters of an acre lot creates a quiet respite for the end of the workday or playing hooky on a summer afternoon. Beyond the formal entry, one’s eyes are immediately drawn to the wall of east facing windows with the spacious yard and lake beyond. The bright and open living and dining rooms wrap around a mid-century, corner, brick fireplace. An admirable kitchen couples the dining room and layout accommodates more casual meals or social connection to whoever is playing chef that day.

A practical laundry/mudroom connects the spacious two-car garage to the kitchen. Sizable, and equipped with a number of built-ins, this room is able to serve many purposes while keeping your clutter conveniently tucked away.

A substantial bonus room also carries the ability to flex with your lifestyle, whether it be spacious office, media room, romp and play room, or all of the above.

The master suite is equipped with walk-in closet, full bath including 2 vanities, soaking tub, and separate shower, and an additional room for reading, nursery, crafts, etc…  A second bedroom and full bath are just down the hall from the master and a third bedroom with en-suite three-quarter bath is also nearby.

Outside a generous deck borders much of the lake side of the home and is accessed easily from kitchen, dining, and living rooms. A simple field of grass separates the house & deck from the waterfront and dock. So spacious your Thanksgiving family football game could take place right off the kitchen! OR be ready for summer soirees with a croquet set, volley-ball net, canoe and paddle boards!

With a picturesque setting, convenient location/simple commute, big windows, and rooms both spacious and flexible, this home doesn’t challenge anyone’s needs or desires. Make your lifestyle choice a reality!

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Real Estate News from Ewing and Clark

The heat is really rising this month and the inventory in the real estate market is still low. For the first time in the King County area, the median home price has increased over $100,000 in just one year. The country had its hottest month of July in the last 17 years, with prices rising 18.6 percent from a year ago. Seattle and the Eastside did show a slight drop in median prices compared to our record-setting June, but were still up 15 percent from last year. Seattle’s median home price is $749,000 and the Eastside is $860,000. Condo median price in Downtown Seattle actually saw a slight drop compared to the prior year ($462,000 vs $465,000).  The condo price drop in Downtown Seattle was due to the Insignia condo which was completed in 2016.  In July 2016, the Insignia accounted for over 25% of the condos sold (105 units) at a median price of $695,900.

Check out our new listings all over Washington State. Click on the photos below to see more!

Extraordinary, sweeping panorama of City skyline, Space Needle, Mt Rainier, Elliott Bay, and Alki Point. MLS#1158119

Newly refreshed 3 bedroom and 2.5 bath 2 story home in Auburn. New paint inside and out, new carpets and appliances. MLS# 1175853

Stuart Silk designed modern residence on the shores of Lake Washington in Washington Park. Sublime, meaningful design exudes serenity & sophistication. MLS# 1176637

Remarkable low bank architectural residence w/sandy beachfront on 3.5+ acres in Anacortes. MLS# 1174896

A boater’s paradise: new dock, boathouse, sandy beach & ramp! Just outside the Locks on Shilshole Bay offers gorgeous views of the Bay, Locks, boating activity & wildlife. MLS# 1173593

Sophisticated, open design- a modern longhouse, w/cathedral ceilings, beautiful wood carpentry, huge windows taking in peaceful, breathtaking views in Sequim, WA. MLS# 1142395

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Seattle Rents: High, But Not Highest In Washington State

It’s not a news flash that the real estate scene in Seattle has exploded in recent years. The Emerald City has gone from a town most people outside the state only associated with coffee and flannel, to the tech capital of the US (save for our friends in Silicon Valley). As home to some of the biggest tech names in the world and a booming job market to match, it’s fair to say there’s might not be enough housing to meet demand. Or, at least to meet demand AND your budget.

High rises, apartment buildings and condos are going up all over the city, and soon, our beloved skyline will be dotted with more and more buildings and towers, making the Seattle of just 10 years-ago look almost unfamiliar.

Seattle has recently made headlines as one of the most expensive places to live, get this, in the world. That’s right, recent data has placed Seattle’s rent rates at 5th highest in the nation and, supposedly 9th highest in the world! However, San Francisco and New York still dwarf us, tying for number one most expensive, world-wide.

Those of us who are Seattle Natives know that the average rental rate in Seattle has increased fairly dramatically in the last few years, but it’s interesting to note that, while Seattle’s rents have been on the rise, they don’t quite top the list of highest rents in the state.

According to recent data from Apartment List, Seattle ranks at number 5 in the state for highest rents, with the average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment at about $1,650.

Surprisingly, Mercer Island tops the list of cities in Washington for highest rents. A one-bedroom on Mercer Island goes for an average of a whopping $1,890 per month. No one said Island living was cheap, I suppose.

Filling in the gaps between number 1 and number 5 on the list are Bellevue at number 2 with an average of $1,860 per month for a one-bedroom (not a whole lot lower than their neighboring Island), Redmond at number 3 with an average of about $1,690 monthly rent for a one bedroom and Kirkland at number 4 with an average monthly rent of $1,660 for a one-bedroom.

Seattle and the Eastside are not the only places in Washington with rising rent rates. Tacoma tops the list nation-wide for fastest growing rent with a year-over-year growth rate of 7.7 percent. Seattle comes close, but not close enough to that figure with year-over-year rental rate growth at 5.3 percent.

Staggering growth aside, Tacoma is still a bargain in the rental market compared to Seattle, with a one-bedroom in Tacoma going for an average of $1,000 per month. For those of you keeping score, that’s a savings of $650 compared to Seattle.

But, proving that some things really don’t change, the cheapest places to live in the Evergreen State are still East of the Cascade Mountains. You can get a one-bedroom for only $600 per month in Walla Walla and it’s not much pricier in the State’s second largest city, Spokane, at around $630 per month.

What a difference a mountain range makes…

Washington State Home Sales Soar Past Previous Highs

sold-sign2015 may have been an interesting year for many reasons, but in the world of Washington real estate, it sure felt like the good old days.

Not since the way-back-when of 2007 had so many homes and condominiums sold in the Evergreen State. According to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, 2015 saw a whopping 88,331 homes changed hands last year, about  14% more sales than in the previous year. Those who have done the math say that works out to about 75,975 single family homes and 12,356 condominiums, valued at  approximately $34 billion, about 23% more than the dollar volume sold the year before. Those impressive figures make 2015 one of the best years for Washington State real estate in recent memory.

The last time this state saw real estate figures like that was in 2007, before the bubble burst and sent the country into what is not-so-affectionately known as The Great Recession. Even in 2007, the figures only added up to about 82,197 sales valued at $32.3 billion, according to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

Furthermore, despite a ‘lower inventory’, so to speak, prices and number of sales continue to grow. In King County, the median home price was $480,000 and more than 26,600 homes sold. Compare that to a median price of  $440,000 and 26,600 homes sold, in 2014 and you’ll notice a jump of close to 10%. Snohomish and Pierce counties can top those figures with growth figures for both median home price and number of homes sold over last year at nearly 16.80% ($355,000, up from $326,360 with 11,303 homes sold) and 17.39% ($249,950, up from 230,000 with more than 13,200 homes sold) respectively.

Overall, region-wide, the growth was about 8.8% from 2014, with a median price for single family homes and condominiums at about  $310,000, up from $285,000  last year.

Numbers like this are a positive and encouraging sign for the state of the  real estate market and the country’s economy as a whole. Let’s just hope nothing comes along and tries to ‘burst our bubble’ this time.

Dramatic Growth In Seattle-Area Luxury Homes Market

Luxury home available on Mercer Island

Luxury Mercer Island home available for $10,998,000

It’s no secret that Seattle’s housing market is one of the strongest in the nation, but what is a little surprising is the growth in the luxury homes sector. According to a recent story by the Puget Sound Business Journal, 537 homes sold for more than $1 million in just four Bellevue ZIP codes alone over the past year, 108 more than 2014 and an increase of 25 percent. 60 homes sold for over $3 million in those areas, up 43 percent over last year.

In Seattle as a whole, 901 homes have sold for $1 million or more so far in 2015, compared to 689 in 2014, according to statistics from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. Of those sales, more than a quarter (241) occurred in the Central Seattle area comprising the neighborhoods south of the ship canal, north of I-90, and east of downtown. Most were clustered on North Capitol Hill and in the neighborhoods bordering Lake Washington, such as Madison Park, Washington Park, and Leschi. The most expensive sale of the year (so far) was a 9,820-square-foot estate on McGilvra Boulevard in Washington Park that fetched $5.75 million, followed by a lakefront Cape Cod-style home in Washington Park, which sold for $5.195 million. The PSBJ article states that sales of homes priced $1 million or higher in Ballard and Green Lake are up a whopping 200 percent.

The Seattle area’s growing job market is cited as one of the main drivers of the luxury home sales market, as is strong interest from international buyers, especially from China. With tech companies flocking to Seattle and Eastside job centers, they bring with them highly paid executives who may seek out luxury homes. The PSBJ article states that “Luxury homes are bellwethers of a thriving economy and growing job market. They are the ultimate proof of a prosperous and strong residential real estate sector.”

If you’re interested in Seattle’s luxury homes market, please contact one of our residential agents today.

Real Estate Site Ranks Seattle No. 1 Housing Market

1150 17th Ave E-33. straightened smalljpgReal estate website auction.com has ranked the Seattle area the No. 1 housing market in the country for single-family homes, according to its analysis of home prices, sales data, demand, and economic factors. They point out the combination of strong price growth, at 10.9 percent over the year, and an equally strong increase in sales over the year, at 12.6 percent, as indicators of our market’s overall strength. The Seattle area’s solid job market keeps attracting new residents, and relative affordability compared to other tech hubs such as San Francisco, San Jose, and New York has seen demand continue unabated. Coupled with the fact that it is still 13 percent less expensive to buy rather than rent in Seattle means that everyone is trying to get their piece of the Seattle real estate pie.

Rounding out the top five behind Seattle are three areas in Florida – Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, and Palm Beach County – followed by our little sister to the south, Portland, where prices grew by 9.4 percent over the year.

If you are interested in buying or selling a home in the Seattle area, contact your local real estate agent today!

King County Home Prices Bounce Back in August

1After the median selling price for a single-family home in King County dropped to $485,000 in July, prices bounced back to just a hair under $500,000 in August, representing a 14.4 percent annual gain, and the biggest yearly gain of any month in 2015. Inventory in King County was also up slightly from July, and now stands at 1.36 months’ worth of supply, the most inventory we’ve seen since February, according to statistics from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. In contrast, median prices within the sub-market of Seattle stayed essentially flat last month, having dropped by just $500 from $575,500 in July to $575,000 in August. However, that is a 15 percent increase over August 2014.

Inventory in Seattle followed King County’s lead and increased by a small increment to .91 month’s supply, up from .74 months’ worth in July. Lack of inventory continues to put pressure on the market in the Puget Sound region, with total listings down 29.7 percent in King County and down 32.7 percent in Seattle since this time last year. “The biggest challenges our buyers face are lack of inventory and the quality of homes to choose from,” MLS director George Moorhead said in a statement. Some believe this continued double-digit price growth combined with lack of available properties is not sustainable and that we may see a slowdown in the market as we enter the fall season, when inventory historically drops by about half.

The area condo market has made great strides over the year, especially in Seattle, where the median price rose from $299,000 in August 2014 to $395,000 this year – a staggering 32 percent. Prices increased more modestly countywide, but still showed strong growth with a 19 percent rise.

If you are interested in buying or selling a home in the Seattle area, contact your local real estate agent today!