Current Real Estate Market

Current Real Estate Market Q1 2021 Gardner Report First quarter housing numbers are in! As you might expect, Western Washington continues to be a strong seller’s market and will likely remain so for the foreseeable future. Low interest rates, limited inventory, and pandemic-driven relocations are the biggest factors. Notice how San Juan and Island Counties topped the list for increased sales volume in […]
Current Real Estate Market Seattle Times Article: Buying a House in Seattle This is a decent article about buying a home in Seattle in the current intense seller’s market. The article does a good job discussing the challenges, potential pitfalls, and steps to successfully purchasing a home. While I don’t completely agree with some of the statistics (such as the % of homes that generate bidding wars), […]
Current Real Estate Market Second Home Considerations Are you thinking of buying a second home? With the recent gains in the stock market and in real estate values, many people are! Here are some things to consider before you take the leap. While it can be a potential source of passive income or a nice getaway, there can be added costs and […]
Current Real Estate Market Generational Housing Trends Millennials are now the biggest contingent of home purchasers ever. “82% of younger millennials and 48% of older millennials were first-time homebuyers, more than other age groups,” according to the National Association of Realtors. Gen Z is also entering the housing market and is now considered an active group of home buyers. Click here for […]
Current Real Estate Market Housing Tipping Point? This past year the housing market surprised a lot of us: Sales were brisk, prices rose, and interest rates hit record lows, fueling demand. Who would have predicted this during a pandemic? The winds of change may be blowing, however. This article discusses various factors that may point to an upcoming correction in the housing […]
Current Real Estate Market 2021 Housing Price Predictions Disclaimer: I don’t have a crystal ball. (Nobody does) That said, here is what the analysts at Realtor® Magazine are predicting in 2020: Home prices are expected to rise 5.7% Interest rates should creep up to 3.4% Sales of existing homes are likely to rise 7% For first-time home buyers and those on a budget, […]
Current Real Estate Market November 2020 Market Snapshot This short 4 minute video gives shows November 2020 sales statistics for the NWMLS.* The statistics compare November 2020 to November 2019. To watch, click this link. Key highlights (if you don’t want to watch). Number of transactions + 23% Median price: $495,000, + 13.8% Total sales volume in dollars: +42.9% Available inventory at the […]
Current Real Estate Market Home Prices in Seattle top Nationwide Increases Seattle was #2 in the nation for price growth in September 2020. This is according to S&P CoreLogic Case Shiller Home Price Index reported by The Seattle Times. Homes in the middle tier (priced between $470,183-$705,295) rose 12% year-over-year, and modest homes (under $470,183) rose 12.5%. Homes over $705,295 rose by 9%. Going forward in […]
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Current Real Estate Market Millions Behind on Rent and Mortgage Payments This is a sobering chart: Millions of Americans are behind on rent or mortgage payments and are at risk of eviction or foreclosure in the next two months. In Washington state, over 21% are not current. That’s a staggering number! If people lose their homes, the housing market will no doubt be affected. Hopefully we […]
Current Real Estate Market Mortgage Rates at a New Low…AGAIN For the fourteenth time this year, mortgage rates have hit a new low! The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is now at 2.71%. While this is good news for buyers, purchasing power has been diminishing due to home prices rising. Higher prices reflect basic Economics 101: When supply is low and demand is high, prices usually go […]
Current Real Estate Market The US Job Market and Economic Update The October 2020 jobs report is out! It this video, Matthew Gardner dives into the report and discusses it’s implications. At first glance, the headlines appear good: We added 638,000 jobs in October. This is higher than most experts predicted. However, since February 2020 we have lost 10.1 million jobs. Let that number sink in. […]
Current Real Estate Market Q3 Western Washington Gardner Report The Q3 Western Washington Gardner report is out! What is this? Each quarter Matthew Gardner, Windermere’s Chief Economist, crunches the sales numbers for Western WA and creates a report analyzing what the numbers mean. Here’s the “Cliffs Notes” version: The average home price in this region increased 11.6% compared to a year ago, to $611,793 […]
Current Real Estate Market September 2020 NWMLS Sales Statistics Here are September 2020 sales statistics for the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS).  Click here to watch the 4 min video. The NWMLS Market Snapshot report lists statistics for all 23 counties in the Primary Service area and includes homes, condominiums, and new construction. Quick take-aways from the report: $6.27 Billion in closed sales during […]
Current Real Estate Market Analysis of the Latest Economic Data On this week’s  “Mondays with Matthew”, Matthew Gardner analyzes the most recent economic and real estate data. Included are a variety of key indicators, including retail sales, consumer sentiment, and the housing market index. Don’t miss the surge in lumber prices! It will be interesting to see how this will affect the future price and […]
Current Real Estate Market August Market Stats Here are the NWMLS Market Stats for August 2020. Quick takeaways: The median sold price of homes is 14% higher compared to August 2019 Total volume of sold homes increased 19.7% from 2019 to $5.98 Billion New listings increased 13.9% while pending sales increased 24.7% compared to August 2019 The difference between new listings and […]
Current Real Estate Market Regional Housing Market Forecast for the Remainder of 2020 In his updated 2020 forecast, Matthew Gardner discusses how COVID-19 has changed the landscape in the economy and housing market.  Click here to learn more about what’s next in the King/Pierce/Snohomish county area during the 2nd half of 2020.  
Current Real Estate Market Snohomish County Sales and the Legacy of Racism I’ve been studying sales statistics and doing some thinking. Yesterday I listened to Matthew Gardner who discussed home ownership rates since the late 19th century. At the end of his presentation, he shows a comparison of home ownership among different racial classes. As you might guess, white/Caucasian home ownership is significantly higher than all other […]
Current Real Estate Market July 2020 Market Snapshot As you can see from the following stats in the link below, activity in July has been brisk! It is definitely a Seller’s market! Despite being in a pandemic, sales have been brisk. Pending Sales have been increasing consistently over the past two months, and inventory has shrunk–it is over 40% lower than at the […]
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Current Real Estate Market How Do Consumers Feel About Buying & Selling Right Now? This week learn about results from the National Housing Survey results published by Fannie Mae.  Chief Economist Matthew Gardner dives into the #s that measure the public’s current sentiments re: buying and selling. Do you (or anyone you know) want or need to buy or sell a home now? If you are worried about […]