Brooks & Heinze Seattle Real Estate Team – September 2018 Newsletter

Seattle Market Update
The current market condition can best be described as a major slowdown. Our roaring real estate market, fueled for years by the city’s historic population growth and, at least to some degree, foreign investment, has slowed dramatically in July and August.
It looks like there is more inventory on the market which technically is true in that there are more homes sitting on the market at this time. However, the “increase” in inventory is a byproduct of homes taking longer to sell not an actual increase in selection for buyers. August is often a slow month for new listings as Seattleites enjoy the summer and travels but this year it is combined with an overall slowdown in the market.
Exceptional homes in highly desirable neighborhoods are still selling quickly and we still see some competing offers. However, sellers in less desirable neighborhoods with a home that’s outdated or with deferred maintenance have found that even significant price drops and seller concessions aren’t always enough to attract buyers in this new market.
We have seen downward price corrections in rural Snohomish County, South King County and the suburban condo market. Wondering what has happened to the value of your home as a result of this market slowdown? Contact us, we’d be happy to prepare an individualized report for your home.

Our Listings
$309,900 – 34212 S 18th Place S, Federal Way 98003 – under contract.

Did you know?
Homeownership remains below 2006 levels for all age groups. Homeownership rates were lower in 2017 than in 2006, the year before the Great Recession (2007-2009). The homeownership rate among the largest group of homeowners — those age 65 and over — has returned to within about 2 percentage points of 2006 levels. However, householders under age 35 and 35-44 years old had 2017 rates about 7 and 10 percentage points lower than in 2006. More information on this is available on the Census Bureau website.

We’d love to hear from you
Any questions, comments, or feedback? Contact us any time.

Thank you,
Kerstin

Brooks & Heinze Team
at Skyline Properties, Inc.
Kerstin Brooks: 206.276.5827
Krisanne Heinze: 206.920.2541
Email: info@propertyinseattle.com
Web: http://www.propertyinseattle.com

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