You’re not alone.
As a Realtor, one of the questions I hear most frequently is, “When is the best time to buy a house?”
The answer is simple – the best time to buy a house is the right time for you.
That being said, the housing market does experience some seasonal patterns. Traditionally, folks don’t want to move during the holidays and they desperately want to get into a better school district prior to school starting.
This means inventory is typically low during the winter and demand is often high during the summer. While inventory has a tendency to peak during August, buyers who have been on the hunt for a substantial amount of time begin to experience fatigue.
By the time fall rolls around, many house hunters have given up and signed a lease or decided to stay in their current home for another year. In fact, the Seattle area housing market has gone like gangbusters from January through July of this year. Homes were flying off the market. Bidding wars were common. Buyers were waiving inspection and guaranteeing earnest money.
There was a tapering off in August. Bidding wars became less frequent and listed homes received fewer offers. Now that we have hit fall, the competition has dropped even further. Yet, interest rates still remain at record lows.
As a potential buyer, this is great news. With low rates and less competition, you have more choices. Doesn’t fall sound like a good time to buy a home?
Ready to find a home? I can guide you to great lenders, programs that fit your budget and of, course, find you a home. Contact me today!
September 20, 2016| Snohomish County Homes INC.
Snohomish County Statistics as of August 2016
Active Inventory: +13% Aug 2016 vs. Aug 2015
2009 available homes currently on market -46 vs. last month.
Pending Transactions: Up 14% Aug 2016 vs. Aug 2015
2071 units +94 vs. last month
Sold Transactions:+7% Aug 2016 vs. 2016
1748 units +75 than last month
Days on Market
Snohomish County Active to pending 26 days vs. 35 a year ago up 2 days from last month.
Median home price in Snohomish County is at a record high of $395,000!!! +9% last year. Down $3,000 from last month.
Area price % based on last Quarter
Bothell + 11%, Edmonds/Lynnwood +7%. Everett/Mukilteo +7%
Snohomish/Monroe+ 13%. Lake Stevens/Granite Falls +6%.
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Prices are up 5% over last year same time July 2016 vs. July 2015
2141 brand new listings in July that is up 53 from last month. 2141 total active at the end of the month.
Up +3% July 2016 vs. July 2015
2079 units went pending last month that is 62 less however than June.
+9% July 2016 vs. July 2015.
1673 units +11 more than last month
Days on Market
Snohomish County Active to pending 25 days vs. 36 a year ago. Incredible!
Median home price in Snohomish County $387,000!!
Median home price in King County $523,000. Snohomish county is gaining however the gap between King and Snohomish is growing.
Months of inventory
If no additional homes would be put on the market, there would be no inventory left after 1.25 months in Snohomish County. In King County that figure is 1.2 months. A balanced “normal” market is 3-6 months. Buyers’ market more than 6 and Sellers less than 3 months.
Area price % growth based on last Quarter
Bothell + 14%, Edmonds/Lynnwood +5%. Everett/Mukilteo +11%
Snohomish/Monroe + 11%. Lake Stevens/Granite Falls/Arlington/Darrington +7 %. Marysville +7%
New Construction is included in these percentages.
July 2016 Market Characteristics:
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KIRKLAND, Washington (June 6, 2016) – Just as expected, the month of May had an uptick in new listings (12,272), but just as many buyers (12,275) made offers on homes during the month to keep inventory depleted, according to the latest figures from Northwest Multiple Listing Service.
“Inventory is being squeezed from all directions,” reported Frank Wilson, branch managing broker at John L. Scott in Poulsbo. He said the pool of house-hunters includes young first-time buyers, renters whose rents are escalating, buyers who are returning to the market after recovering from a foreclosure or short sale, investors, and baby boomers who are purchasing for their retirement needs. Additionally, in Kitsap County where his office is located, there are military families who are transferring to a base there and want to buy.
By month end, member brokers reported 15,198 active listings in the Northwest MLS database. That’s down more than 22 percent from a year ago when buyers could choose from an inventory of 19,515 listings across the 23 counties served by the listing service.
“The May housing market was not just hot, it was frenzy hot,” commented J. Lennox Scott, chairman and CEO of John L. Scott Real Estate. “Brokers are working like bees in a hive as the housing market creates a buzz of sales activity in the Seattle-Central Puget Sound area.” By his analysis, 80 percent of the homes coming on the market in King and Snohomish counties are selling within the first 30 days. “Many sell within the first week,” Scott reported, adding, “A healthy/normal market would have 30 percent selling in the first 30 days.”
MLS figures show there is only 1.76 months of supply system-wide. In both King and Snohomish counties, there is barely more than one month of supply – well below the 4-to-6 months that many experts use as an indicator of a balanced market.
“With less than two months of inventory, every new listing seems to draw multiple offers,” Wilson remarked. He also said homeowners who want to move up in this same market know they face a conundrum: “If we sell today, will we be able to buy tomorrow?”
Buyers are becoming more and more aggressive with offers and pricing, and that concerns some brokers, said Northwest MLS director George Moorhead. As the gap between pricing and value widens, some would-be buyers may overextend themselves. Also, appraisers are struggling with a lack of comparable sales versus multiple offers that escalate well beyond the listing price, said Moorhead, the designated broker at Bentley Properties. Since lenders base loans on appraised values, buyers will likely need to make up the shortfall.
Even though brokers say paltry inventory is limiting sales, the year-over-year volume of pending sales rose more than 7.4 percent last month. Members reported 12,275 mutually accepted offers, up from the year-ago total of 11,425. MLS data going back to 2004 shows that one-month total is the highest on record.
Prices also rose. The median price area-wide for last month’s 8,630 closed sales of single family homes and condominiums (combined) was $339,950. That’s up more than 7.2 percent from twelve months ago when purchasers paid $317,000 for the median-priced home. Ten counties reported double-digit price hikes.
In King County, the median price jumped more than 11.7 percent, from $434,000 to $485,000. Prices on single family homes surged nearly 16.5 percent, rising from $480,942 to $560,000. Condo prices were up 9 percent, but finding one proved challenging as inventory dropped 29 percent in King County.
Former MLS board member Ken Anderson, the president/owner of Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty in Olympia, said last month set records for both pending and closed sales. “Low inventory coupled with the huge number of buyers has our market moving at a record pace,” according to his calculations. “Well-priced homes are selling in an average of just 12 days – a full month faster than the peak of the market in 2006,” he commented.
Brokers offer various suggestions to prospective buyers as they vie for scarce inventory:
Wilson and other brokers do not see an easing in the inventory crunch “for some time to come.” Even if the Fed raises interest rates, he believes shortages will persist because of the backlog of buyers.
Moorhead noted new home construction is also seeing prices soar as many of the defunct projects from 2008 to 2012 are being completed and built out. “Finding land for new home plats is forcing more teardowns and pushing builders/developers farther out where services are not as prevalent. He said first-time buyers tend to be hardest hit since they’re priced out of many close-in areas and must look at commute times of 45 minutes or more.
“There’s good news for luxury homebuyers,” Scott suggests. It’s prime time to showcase such properties, he explains, and “this is the season when more luxury inventory hits the market. The good selection in King County is easing the pressure for homebuyers in the luxury ($1 million and above) market. A search of the MLS database shows there are currently more than 900 listings in King County with asking prices of $1 million or more.
Northwest Multiple Listing Service, owned by its member real estate firms, is the largest full-service MLS in the Northwest. Its membership of nearly 2,100 member offices includes more than 25,000 real estate professionals. The organization, based in Kirkland, Wash., currently serves 23 counties in Washington state.