Seattle Market Update
It is a seller’s market and the local real estate market is hot. Inventory is critically low and there are not enough homes available to meet demand. Brokers added 9,871 new listings to the MLS database during May, which compares to 14,689 for the same period a year ago. Buyers are eagerly waiting for and competing for each home that comes on the market, especially in the more affordable and mid-price ranges. Multiple offers and waived inspections are common.
More than ever, our homes have become an integral part of our lives. Today they are much more than the houses we live in. They have become our workplaces, schools for our children, and safe havens that provide shelter, stability, and protection for our families through the evolving health crisis. Just a few months into the pandemic, we see buyers move further out of the city, wanting to get more space and a useable yard. Some employers have made work-from-home options available long-term and commute times no longer play as critical a role for some buyers as they used to.
Loan underwriting requirements have tightened a bit. Mortgage rates are still very low.
Shopping for a Home during Stay Home, Stay Safe
Brokers and homebuyers adjusted quickly to the restrictions imposed on the real estate industry. Open houses are not allowed and probably won’t be for several more months as social distancing is nearly impossible to achieve in that setting. Virtual open houses are the current work-around. Before Phase 1.5 in King County and Phase 2 in Snohomish and Pierce Counties, only one broker and one client were able to tour a property at a time. Now, a broker and two clients at a time can tour a property. However, there are still some limitations. Showings are allowed by appointment only and available time slots to tour a home fill up quickly. CDC guidelines for social distancing and a few other precautionary measures have to be followed.
$455,000 – 28514 71st Dr NW, Stanwood, WA – https://tour.vht.com/434062836/28514-71st-dr-nw-stanwood-wa-98292. Lovingly maintained home with lots of natural light throughout. Main level includes formal dining room, spacious kitchen and inviting living room with vaulted ceilings leading out to the back patio. The master wing is spacious and the en-suite bath is well appointed. Huge loft upstairs has two additional bedrooms, full bath and enormous game room / flex space. 3-car garage and extra off-street parking in driveway.
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Brooks & Heinze Team at Skyline Properties, Inc.
Kerstin Brooks: 206.276.5827 and Krisanne Heinze: 206.920.2541