Wednesday, February 11, 2015

2015 Housing Market Off To A Good Start

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Historically, mid-winter has been a sluggish time for home-price growth for the national housing market, and while the median price for a single-family home did decline from December to January this year, it fell by a mere 1.2 percent, signaling a stronger than normal start to the new year for the housing market. As a comparison, in recent years month-to-month price declines from December to January have been recorded at 2.8 percent (2014) and 3.5 percent (2013). Redfin reports that the combination of an increase in listings and buyer demand has led to lots of activity, and prices are up 7.6 percent over the year.
Closer to home, supply is still low in the Seattle area, and prices continue to rise. The median price for a single-family home in King County this January was recorded at $441,500, up from $410,000 in January 2014. The city of Seattle saw the median price rise to $517,500, up 12.5 percent over the year. The Seattle Times reports that inventory in Northwest Seattle is down to a three-week supply, driving prices in that area up 19 percent over the year. In the Seattle market as a whole, inventory has been hovering around the two-month mark for several months. Generally, a four-to-six-month supply constitutes a healthy housing market.
If you are interested in buying or selling a home in the Seattle area, contact your local real estate agent today.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Seattle Home Prices Up 6% Over The Past Year

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The local housing market continues to grow on a yearly basis, with prices for single-family homes in November 2014 having risen by 6 percent over November 2013, but the market also saw slowing monthly growth for the third month in a row, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller home price index released Tuesday. Despite the slowdown, Zillow’s Chief Economist Stan Humphries told The Seattle Times that the Seattle area’s housing prospects for 2015 are still strong, and the slowdown represents merely the market settling back in to normal levels. The Seattle market continues to outperform both the 20-city index and the national market, which saw annual growth rates of 4.3 percent and 4.7 percent respectively. Rates for 30-year fixed mortgages have held steady over the past week at 3.58 percent.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Lake Union Floating Home: $1,795,000

This houseboat on Lake Union in the Eastlake marina has off street parking and is now listed for $1,795,000! With a scenic setting, this home offers fine design, amenities, convenience & a  once in a lifetime unique lifestyle opportunity. Solarium with garden space, dining room, living room and sauna. Features include a King size master bedroom with a five piece master bath that is finished with Carrera marble. Rooftop deck & largest floating deck in the complex, with city and Gas Works views, moorage, storage, air conditioning, 1 garage stall,  and one uncovered parking stall. For more information on this or other Seattle real estate listings, contact your local real estate agent today.
Status: For Sale
Bed//Bath: 3/1.75
Price: $1,795,000

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Tips For Buying a Home in 2015

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1910 NW 100th St-6Many homeowners will tell you that they entered and exited the real estate market several times before making the final offer and closing on their home. As a buyer, you’re not always tied down to a time frame, priorities might shift and unexpected things happen that could delay purchasing a home. The beginning of a new year is a great time to review your goals and resolutions for the year ahead, so if you’ve been thinking about buying a home, and want 2015 to be the year you take the plunge, here are a few tips to help you stay afloat in today’s marketplace.
Prospective buyers are usually shopping online, and reviewing several of their dream listings at home, researching the mortgage process, and trying to grasp the local market. Serious buyers partner up with a real estate agent well versed in the neighborhoods, and can walk them through the home buying process. Agents have completed many transactions, and will have the knowledge and experience to put you one step ahead. It also helps to stop thinking that you’re going to get a great deal on your dream home. The great Seattle marketplace is competitive, with low inventory and a growing number of serious buyers, so if you’re truly interested in buying you might want to stop hunting for a bargain. Making a low ball offer on a home when you’re first entering the buying process might seem ideal to test the waters, but it might also sabotage your offer, and lose you a home. Your agent can help you determine a fair offer, and ultimately help you find listings that match your criteria. Every buyer has a unique set of goals and needs, so contact your local real estate agent today to get started on the home buying process.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Seattle Condo Rental: $1,900/mo

This 17th floor luxury condo over looking beautiful downtown Seattle, is now available for rent! Features include floor to ceiling windows & 20 sf balcony to take advantage of sweeping 180 degree mountains & city views. Large 1 bedroom, and additional amenities include large closet, high sound proof windows, energy efficient W/D in unit, secured parking & storage. Building amenities include full size indoor swim pool, hot tub, sauna, gym, and entertainment room. Rent includes W/S/G & 24-hr concierge service. This unit is in an ideal location, steps from Pike Place Market & all downtown Seattle has to offer. For more information on the or other Seattle rentals, contact your local real estate agent today!

Seattle Real Estate Forecast 2015

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In Seattle’s housing market, where the supply of homes over the past year never exceeded two months’ worth of inventory, a whole new generation of home buyers could be poised to make an even bigger dent in the pool of available homes in 2015. Millenials – people born after 1980 – have been putting off home purchases due to factors such as high student debt, stagnant wages resulting from the recession, and a desire to not be tied to a permanent home, but they could be a bigger force in the housing market in 2015, according to a new report in The Seattle Times. With the median rent in King County now standing at $1,750 per month, home ownership is beginning to look more appealing to many in their late 20’s and early 30’s who have thus far been exclusively renters.

Rental Market
Rents in the Seattle area (King and Snohomish counties) grew at a staggering rate of more than 8 percent in 2014 and are projected to continue to rise in 2015. An estimated 12,273 new apartment units slated to go on the market next year are expected to increase competition for renters and help ease price hikes somewhat, but the glut of new units likely won’t provide much relief for those with budgets at the lower end of the spectrum. For example, in Ballard, where many of these new buildings are going up, apartments built after 2010 are renting for an average of $1,731 per month – not exactly affordable for many single renters. Overall, Seattle remains the 8th most expensive place to rent in the country, with a median rent of $1,580 for a one-bedroom apartment.

Home Prices
Seattle median home prices continue to rise on a yearly basis, having grown 11 percent in 2014, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal, but most are predicting slower, yet steady growth for 2015. The median price for a single-family home in Seattle in November this year was $357,000. In King County as a whole, the median price was $440,000 in December, just slightly lower than the 2007 peak of $455,000. Stan Humphries, chief economist at Zillow, told The Seattle Times that he expects to see continued moderation of price gains over the next year, compared with the double-digit growth the market saw in 2013 and early 2014. OB Jacobi, president of Windermere Real Estate, said in a statement that he expects price growth of 4-6 percent in 2015.

For more information on Seattle real estate, contact your local real estate broker today!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Looking to Sell For Over Asking? List Your Home in the Winter!

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broadview homewwDespite the long-held idea that winter is the slow season for residential real estate, new data based on a two-year study by Redfin shows that December through March could actually be the prime window for selling your home – and selling it quickly for more than your asking price. Surprisingly, Redfin says that February is the month to list if you’re looking to sell fast, as 66 percent of homes listed in February have historically sold in 90 days or fewer. Hoping for a multiple-offer situation that nets you more than your listing price? Try December. In 2012, the month of December saw the highest percentage of sales fetching prices over asking for the whole year. Redfin found that in many cities, including Seattle, sellers are most likely to sell their homes within 180 days if they list in the winter.
So, why, after years of preaching spring and summer as home-run months for sellers, has the tide turned toward winter? Nela Richardson, chief economist for Redfin, lists a couple of reasons why listing in the winter can work to your advantage. She stated in an article that while there may be fewer people overall shopping for homes in the winter, the ones who are out there looking are serious buyers. People who are casually searching for a home are most likely not going to brave the cold weather or disrupt busy holiday schedules to attend multiple open houses, so sellers are left with only the most motivated buyers.
Similarly, since summer has historically been considered the blockbuster season for selling, winter sellers generally have less competition. Those who are nervous about letting their home sit on the market all winter may pull it off the market, leaving one less home to compete with yours. So, if you’re planning on selling your home but were holding off on listing it until warmer months, it could be worth moving up your timeline to get it on the market sooner. If you are interested in selling your home in the Seattle area, contact your local real estate agent today!