Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Seattle Eastside Real Estate 2009-2013

Looking for a terrific picture of the state of real estate on Seattle's Eastside?  Here it is!  Since we're at the beginning of a new year, it's good to see where we've been over the last 5 years.  It gives a good indication of where we're headed for 2014.

The above chart highlights the most important trends in real estate over the last 5 years, from 2009-2013.  You can find median pricing, the number of homes on the market and the number of home sales per month and by year, and how long the supply would last, based on the number of home sales per month.  

Here's how each of the three sections of the chart are set up.  Each portion is divided by the years 2009-2013, as you can see along the bottom of the chart.  The blue bars show a different month in each of these years.  The red line shows the average for the year. 

The top portion of the chart has the information everyone seems to want to know first, the median pricing.   The fabulous news is how much higher median pricing is now than just a few years ago.  On the eastside, the average median price for a home sale was just under $600,000 at $596,848. 

The second chart demonstrates why prices have increased so dramatically.  It's the law of supply and demand.  The supply dropped considerably in 2012 and and 2013, thus increasing demand for this drastically decreased inventory of homes for sale, causing prices to jump.  With the amount of inventory at a low point at the start of 2014, we expect listings to move very quickly.  Our first listing of the year sold in 24 hours.  The home was not underpriced.  It was well priced, staged beautifully, and in excellent condition.  This type of home is very "hot" right now, as buyers are looking to find great homes. 

Another interesting detail to notice on the middle portion of the chart besides the decline in supply, is the number of home sales each year stays more constant, even as the supply changes.  The number of sales did increase in the last two years, but not nearly as dramatically as the decline in supply,  The increase in sales is a reflection of more buyers feeling comfortable making home purchases.

The lower section shows how much of a supply of homes there is available each month.  In 2009, when there were, on average 3400 homes for sale, it would have taken over 6 months to sell all the homes.  In 2013, when the Seattle Eastside real estate had so few homes for sale, it would have taken 1 1/2 months to sell all the available homes.

The take away from all of this is how terrific we find the real estate market to be at the end of 2013, which is the start of 2014 market.  We have low inventory plus many buyers equaling a high demand for homes, short market times, and increasing prices.  If you plan to make a move in 2014, consider doing so early in the year, when the inventory is at a low point.  Homes sell in every month on the eastside as you can see from this chart, the competition is far less when there are fewer homes for sale.

If you'd like more specific information regarding your home and/or you're thinking about making a move, feel free to contact us.  All the best in 2014!

 

Posted on January 31, 2014 at 8:35 pm
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Many Homes on Seattle’s Eastside Are Selling For Over Full Price!

In the third quarter of 2012, almost 30% of the homes that sold in the cities of Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Sammamish, Woodinville, Issaquah sold for over full price!  The demand by buyers for homes and the lack of inventory is creating this huge uptick in competition for a home. When more buyers are competing for the same house, the offers often have to be for more than full price to stand out from the competition.   Many homes are now getting multiple offers and many, almost a third, are now selling for more than the asking price. 

We've recently sold several listings in which the selling price was over $20,000 more than the asking price!  In one instance, the home had come on the market only hours before.  The buyers didn't want to take the risk that another offer would be written before the seller had time to respond, so they offered over full price.  Another home sold within 48 hours.  Three buyers made offers for that home. 

As you can see in the above chart, the homes that sell for more than full price, sell for about 3% above the asking price, with the range from just a hair over asking price all the way to 22.5% above the asking price!

Twenty-one percent of the homes sold for full price.  This means 51% of the homes on the eastside sold for full price or more!

The homes that sold above full price only lasted on the market, on average,16 days.  Homes that sold for full price were on the market for about a month. 

But what about the other 49%?  (Not to be confused with the 47% that was talked about in the election) 

Why did half the homes sell for less than full price if the market is so hot?  More than likely, one of these reasons was the cause:

 

  • Location
  • Pricing
  • Condition
  • Marketing
  • Competition

 

You can't change the location or the fact that there is competition for a particular home.  But when selling a home, you need to maximize your buyer attraction by pricing your home well, having it in stellar condition, and presenting it well to the buyers through fabulous marketing.

If you have questions about how to have your home be one of the 51% that sells for full price or more, feel free to contact us!

Posted on December 6, 2012 at 11:51 pm
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On September 29th, Go to Your Seattle Eastside Supermarket and Donate Food to The Eastside Month of Concern for the Hungry

 

Please think about shopping and donating to the drive on September 29th all over the eastside at supermarkets in Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Issaquah, Woodinville and Sammamish.  The Eastside Month of Concern for the Hungry campaign to fill Seattle-Eastside food bank shelves is happening this weekend.  Many supermarkets all over the eastside will have volunteers ready and waiting to pick up food and cash donations for such Eastside institutions as Hopelink, the Emergency Feeding Network, the Issaquah Foodbank, and The Mercer Island Foodbank. Food bank shelves are a little barer this time of year and the need for food on the eastside has only increased over the last few years.

Part of living in a home in a neighborhood is part of being in a community.  Help your community out by donating even a little to those who are less fortunate.

Happy shopping!

Posted on September 27, 2012 at 4:06 pm
The Beaupain Team | Category: Bellevue, WA, Issaquah, WA, Kirkland, Redmond, Sammamish, WA, Woodinville, WA

Real Estate Sales in Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond, Etc Are Hot!

 

Red is busting out all over the map of Seattle Real Estate Sales!  Red means it’s a sellers market in which homes, on average, are selling in less than 3 months!  The numbers are really strong in all of the eastside cities, but top sales go to the 80% sales rate in Redmond and East Bellevue near Microsoft last month!  Incredible odds!  In every other area on the eastside over 40% of the homes sold.

Closed sales, the sales in which the new buyer now owns the house, are showing lower sales numbers because the homes that closed in March actually got offers in January or February.  Expect the number of sales for each of the coming months to jump   higher because March home sales will be closing in April and May..  Market time will continue to decrease as this faster sales market continues.

Pricing has still been dropping as you can see below, but should become more stable as the prices from these March sales becomes public. Some areas actually showed an increase in pricing, but remember, it is a representation of the sales that sold in March only.

Multiple offers, a shortage of homes, a huge percentage of homes selling in a short amount of time are all  the buzz words for the Seattle eastside real estate market.

Here’s how your city did:

The cities below are reported together to follow our MLS areas (multiple listing service) information.

1. Redmond/East Bellevue

The odds of selling a home were 80%

Median sales price decreased from $476,000 to $427,000 (y-o-y)**

95 homes were for sale

A total of 76 homes sold

Days on the market: 135

 

2. Kirkland

The odds of selling a home were 57%

Median sales price decreased from $570,000 to $469,000

137 homes were for sale

A total of 53 homes sold

Days on Market:  83

 

3. West Bellevue

The odds of selling a home were 46%.

Median sales price increased from $888,000 to $1,000,000

117 homes were for sale

A total of 54 homes sold

Days on Market: 70

 

4. The plateau:  Sammamish, Issaquah, North Bend, and Fall City

The odds of selling a home were 44%

Median sales price decreased from $505,000 to $462,000

There were 436 homes for sale

A total of 193 homes sold

Days on the market: 127

 

4. (tie)  South Bellevue/Issaquah

The odds of selling a home were 44%

Median price increased from $510,000 to $560,000

225 homes were for sale

A total of 98 homes sold

Days on market: 99

 

5. Redmond/Education Hill/ Carnation

The odds of selling a home were 43%

Median sales price increased from $411,000 to $472,000

193 homes were for sale

A total of 83 homes sold

Days on Market: 100

 

6. Woodinville/Bothell/Kenmore/Duvall/North Kirkland

The odds of selling a home were 42%

Median sales price decreased from $423,000 to $369,000

365 homes were for sale

A total of 151 homes sold

Days on Market: 100

 

If you’d like more specific information about your neighborhood or home, feel free to contact either Brooks or me.

*(The odds of selling a home in each area is a result of the number of homes for sale divided by the actual number of home sales, so if 10 out of 100 homes sold, the odds of selling would be 10/100 or 10%)

** (y-o-y)  median pricing is comparing year over year numbers.

How was real estate market in your area in March, 2012?

Posted on April 13, 2012 at 12:29 pm
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Negative Headlines for Seattle Real Estate?

 
I thought we were finally past the negative headlines in Seattle real estate, but apparently not. Both The Seattle Times and the PI had articles about the decline in prices. The articles take a look at the latest Case-Shiller Index for January, 2012, which shows closings for December of 2011.  The offers for the homes sold in December, 2011 were written a couple of months earlier than December, so the latest Case-Shiller report examines data that is 3-5 months old. The focus in these articles is the decline in real estate prices.  There was a small decline in Seattle area real estate prices from January, 2011  to January, 2012.

Is this an accurate picture of today’s local real estate?

Besides the fact that the Case-Shiller report is examining older data, we have to remember to look at pricing over a 3-6 month period to see a real trend and in a very local real estate market.  When you examine trends in a more localized area, you see true numbers.  The numbers that affect you.  Case-Shiller examines 20 metropolitan areas, including the Seattle area.  However, this includes not only Seattle, but the surrounding counties:  Snohomish, Pierce, and King.  The  counties are very different real estate animals. Aubrey Cohen said in the PI:

Pierce and Snohomish counties are weaker than King County, dragging down statistics for the metro area.

Within counties, real estate markets are different.  In King County, the south is very different from the east. In East King County, in such cities such as Bellevue and Redmond or Sammamish, there are differences.  Looking at the Seattle and the surrounding counties does not give the true picture of what is happening in Kirkland, Woodinville or Duvall.  Case-Shiller does not tell the local story , the local real estate story that affects you and your home.

What’s really happening with real estate on Seattle’s eastside?

As March comes to a close, we’re in a “hot” market in Seattle and on the eastside in Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, and Issaquah. etc.  This week in all of King County, there are 6,802 properties for sale.  Last year at this time, 10,772 properties were for sale.  The eastside is a reflection of these numbers.  There is a small supply of available properties.  Every day the NWMLS, Northwest Multiple Listing Service, tallies up the number of new listings and sales.  On most days, pending sales outpace new listings by about one-third. Many homes are receiving multiple offers, which means their prices are, more often than,  not remaining stable.  There’s too much demand for housing and not enough houses for sale.

The reality is prices will not go up by much, but they also will not go down on the eastside in most areas with this lack of supply and high demand for homes.  Let’s not go back to the past. Let’s focus on the present as much as we can.  The Eastside real estate market is hot!

That should be the headline for today’s real estate news.

Posted on March 30, 2012 at 10:35 pm
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A Booming Real Estate Market in Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond And Other Eastside Cities in February, 2012

The February Real Estate Map shows a strong sellers market.

Multiple offers, low supply of homes, a huge percentage of homes selling in a short amount of time, all are happening in the eastside communities of Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland, Issaquah, Woodinville, and Bothell.  This is an exciting trend that we expect will continue as long as people feel good about the economy, Seattle companies are hiring and there is this shortage of homes for sale. The national press is jumping on the bandwagon and reporting the uptick in the real estate market.  However, I believe this is not happening everywhere. We are among the fortunate areas in the country that are experiencing this positive real estate market.

Almost half of all the homes for sale in Kirkland and Redmond sold this past month! That’s astonishing odds. The cities below are grouped together to follow our MLS areas (multiple listing service).  This is how our statistics are reported.

How was real estate market in your Seattle-Eastside city in February, 2012?

1. Redmond/East Bellevue

The odds of selling a home were 49%

Median sales price decreased from $435,000 to $400,000 (y-o-y)**

113 homes were for sale

A total of 35 homes sold

Days on the market: 84

 

2. Kirkland

The odds of selling a home were 48%

Median sales price decreased from $457,000 to $442,000

140 homes were for sale

A total of 38 homes sold

Days on Market:  98

 

3. The plateau:  Sammamish, Issaquah, North Bend, and Fall City

The odds of selling a home were 40%

Median sales price decreased from $514,000 to $442,000

There were 428 homes for sale

A total of 100 homes sold

Days on the market: 121

 

4.  South Bellevue/Issaquah

The odds of selling a home were 33%

Median price decreased from $580,000 to $525,000

239 homes were for sale

A total of 43 homes sold

Days on market: 118

 

5. Woodinville/Bothell/Kenmore/Duvall/North Kirkland

The odds of selling a home were 32%

Median sales price decreased from $366,000 to $360,000

368 homes were for sale

A total of 105 homes sold

Days on Market: 115

 

6. West Bellevue

The odds of selling a home were 20%.

Median sales price increased from $840,000 to $960,000

123 homes were for sale

A total of 15 homes sold

Days on Market: 133

 

7.  Redmond/Education Hill/ Carnation

The odds of selling a home were 4%

Median sales price increased from $382,000 to $515,000

205 homes were for sale

A total of 29 homes sold

Days on Market: 152

 

If you’d like more specific information about your neighborhood or home, feel free to contact either Brooks or me.

*(The odds of selling a home in each area is a result of the number of homes for sale divided by the actual number of home sales, so if 10 out of 100 homes sold, the odds of selling would be 10/100 or 10%)

** (y-o-y)  median pricing is comparing year over year numbers.

Posted on March 23, 2012 at 4:50 pm
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How Was The Real Estate Market In Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, and Other Eastside Cities At The Start of 2012?

 

What a difference a month makes!  The January Real Estate Map shows a “Seller’s Advantage” in our market!

There’s a lot of  “red” on the above Seattle area real estate map!  There’s more “red” than we’ve seen in years, and I mean years.  What does the “red” mean?  It means it’s a seller’s market. The homes that are in the “red” areas sell in less than 3 months on average.  In January, most of the eastside was a seller’s market.  Mercer Island, West Bellevue, and Kirkland did not quite reach the threshold of a seller’s market, but Kirkland was almost there.  The real estate markets in these areas were more evenly balanced between the buyers and sellers as homes sold on average within 3-6 months.

This real estate market is pretty exciting to see after the tough markets of the last few  years.  But what this really means is that we have a more normal market on Seattle’s eastside. The good homes that are priced right and show well are the homes that are selling quickly and bringing the average market time down.  There are and still will be homes that aren’t priced well or don’t show well which will sit on the market and take longer to sell.

The chance of a home selling in the different eastside cities ranged from 15-30%. West Bellevue had the fewest sales when compared to the number of available homes, while the plateau cities of Sammamish, North Bend, and Fall City saw almost a third of the homes sell in one month!

The Seattle Times talked about the drop in median prices, but was careful to point out that data varies from city to city and neighborhood to neighborhood.

But King County is a big place, and the real-estate market isn’t the same in SeaTac as it is in Sammamish.
A closer look at the statistics reveals significant variations from neighborhood to neighborhood.

It’s good to see the Times recognizing the neighborhood differences, since too many times the media publishes data, which covers too broad an area.  This does not give an accurate picture of the real estate data.

The cities below are grouped together to follow our MLS areas (multiple listing service).  This is how our statistics are reported. 

How was real estate market in your Seattle-Eastside city in January, 2012?


1. The plateau:  Sammamish, Issaquah, North Bend, and Fall City

The odds of selling a home were 30%

Median sales price decreased from $496,000 to $465,000  (y-o-y)**

There were 469 homes for sale

A total of 86 homes sold

Days on the market: 123

 

2.  South Bellevue/Issaquah

The odds of selling a home were 28%

Median price decreased from $575,000 to $484,000

226 homes were for sale

A total of 35 homes sold

Days on market: 90

 

3. Kirkland

The odds of selling a home were 27%

Median sales price decreased from $534,000 to $522,000

155 homes were for sale

A total of 34 homes sold

Days on Market:  62

 

4. Redmond/East Bellevue

The odds of selling a home were 26%

Median sales price increased from $380,000 to $460,000

125 homes were for sale

A total of 32 homes sold

Days on the market: 94

 

5. Woodinville/Bothell/Kenmore/Duvall/North Kirkland

The odds of selling a home were 25%

Median sales price decreased from $390,000 to $344,000

387 homes were for sale

A total of 64 homes sold

Days on Market: 115

 

6.  Redmond/Education Hill/ Carnation

The odds of selling a home were 21%

Median sales price decreased from $522,000 to $483,000

193 homes were for sale

A total of 30 homes sold

Days on Market: 112

 

5. West Bellevue

The odds of selling a home were 15%.

Median sales price increased from $650,000 to $1,230,000

118 homes were for sale

A total of 18 homes sold

Days on Market: 86

 

If you’d like more specific information about your neighborhood or home, feel free to contact either Brooks or me.

*(The odds of selling a home in each area is a result of the number of homes for sale divided by the actual number of home sales, so if 10 out of 100 homes sold, the odds of selling would be 10/100 or 10%)

** (y-o-y)  median pricing is comparing year over year numbers.

Posted on February 29, 2012 at 4:29 am
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How Was The Real Estate Market In Your Seattle-Eastside City in December 2011?

The December Real Estate Map Showing a Balanced Market Between Buyers and Sellers

 

The cities below are grouped together to follow our MLS areas (multiple listing service).  This is how our statistics are reported.

How was real estate market in your Seattle-Eastside city in December, 2011?

1. Redmond/East Bellevue

The odds of selling a home were 36%*

Median sales price increased (y-o-y)**from $420,000 to $455,000

125 homes were for sale

A total of 42 homes sold

Days on the market: 104

2. Kirkland

The odds of selling a home were 19%

Median sales price increased  from $498,000 to $510,000

167 homes were for sale

A total of 57 homes sold

Days on Market:  101

2. (TIE) South Bellevue/Issaquah

The odds of selling a home were 19%

Median price decreased from $560,000 to $505,000

242 homes were for sale

A total of 58 homes sold

Days on market: 123

3. The plateau:  Sammamish, Issaquah, North Bend, and Fall City

The odds of selling a home were 17%

Median sales price increased from $440,000 to $463,000

There were 527 homes for sale

A total of 116 homes sold

Days on the market: 103

4.  Redmond/Education Hill/ Carnation

The odds of selling a home were 16%

Median sales price decreased from $530,000 to $515,000

207 homes were for sale

A total of 66 homes sold

Days on Market: 115

4. (TIE) Woodinville/Bothell/Kenmore/Duvall/North Kirkland

The odds of selling a home were 16%

Median sales price decreased from $393,000 to $339,000

421 homes were for sale

A total of 96 homes sold

Days on Market: 127

5. West Bellevue

The odds of selling a home were 10%.

Median sales price increased from $950,000 to $998,000

127 homes were for sale

A total of 15 homes sold

Days on Market: 95

If you’d like more specific information about your neighborhood or home, feel free to contact either Brooks or me.

*(The odds of selling a home in each area is a result of the number of homes for sale divided by the actual number of home sales, so if 10 out of 100 homes sold, the odds of selling would be 10/100 or 10%)

** (y-o-y)  median pricing is comparing year over year numbers.

Posted on January 11, 2012 at 11:07 pm
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How Was The Real Estate Market in your Seattle-Eastside City in November 2011?

 
If you lived in Kirkland and had your home for sale last month, the odds of it selling in November were 31%, the strongest absorption rate to be found on the eastside.*  The homes in East Bellevue and Redmond areas around Microsoft had a 29% chance of selling.  Chances of selling ranged from 11-22.5% in the other eastside cities.
 
Homes in East Bellevue and Redmond near Microsoft sold the fastest on Seattle’s eastside.  On average, homes there sold in 2 months.   Market time for the other eastside cities, ranged from 3 to 4 months.
 
This is reasonable market time, indicating a balanced market between buyers and sellers.  A balanced market means there’s a more normal market.  Some homes sold quickly and others stayed on the market for a long time.   Some homes sold for full price and others sold at steep discounts.
 
Seattle Real Estate is a more balanced market between buyers and sellers

The November Real Estate Map Showing a More Balanced Market Between Buyers and Sellers

 

The cities below are grouped together to follow our MLS areas (multiple listing service).  This is how our statistics are reported.
 
How was real estate market in your Seattle-eastside city in November, 2011?
 
1. Kirkland

The odds of selling a home were 31%.*

Median price decreased  (y-o-y)** from $530,000 to $477,000.

188 homes were for sale.

A total of 58 homes sold.

Days on Market:  105
 
2. Redmond/East Bellevue

The odds of selling a home were 29%.

Median sales price decreased to $418,000 from $527,000.

163 homes were for sale

A total of 48 homes sold.

Days on the market: 60
 
3. South Bellevue/Issaquah

The odds of selling a home were 22.5%.

Median price increased from $538,000 to $550,000.

267 homes were for sale.

A total of 60 homes sold.

Days on market: 98
 
4. Redmond/Education Hill/ Carnation

The odds of selling a home were 22%

Median pricing decreased from $540,000 to $530,000.

247 homes were for sale.

A total of 54 homes sold.

Days on Market: 104
 
4. (tie) Woodinville/Bothell/Kenmore/Duvall/North Kirkland

The odds of selling a home were 22%.

Median price was down from $451,000 to $394,000.

481 homes were for sale.

A total of 105 homes sold.

Days on Market: 114
 
5. The plateau:  Sammamish, Issaquah, North Bend, and Fall City

The odds of selling a home were 18%.

Median sales price decreased from $460,000 to $441,000.

There were 580 homes for sale.

A total of 104 homes sold.

Days on the market: 119
 
6. West Bellevue

The odds of selling a home were 11%.

Median pricing decreased to $950,000 from $1,035,000.

127 homes were for sale.

A total of 14 homes sold.

Days on Market: 91

 
If you’d like more specific information about your neighborhood or home, feel free to contact either Brooks or me.

*(The odds of selling a home in each area is a result of the number of homes for sale divided by the actual number of home sales, so if 10 out of 100 homes sold, the odds of selling would be 10/100 or 10%)

** (y-o-y)  median pricing is comparing year over year numbers.



Posted on December 14, 2011 at 12:43 pm
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Which Eastside City had the Fastest Selling Homes In October, 2011?

 
Homes in East Bellevue and Redmond near Microsoft sold the fastest on Seattle’s eastside in October. Homes sold in under 2 months, at 59 days. Market time for the other eastside cities, ranged from 99-117 days or just shy of 4 months.  This is a reasonable market time as it shows a more of a balanced market between buyers and sellers.  It’s actually a normal market and is better for “both sides of the table.”

The odds of selling a home in the Redmond and East Bellevue areas stood at 30%, which also was the strongest absorption rate to be found on the eastside.*  Chances of selling ranged from 19-26% in the other eastside cities.

 
The Redmond and East Bellevue area near Microsoft comes out on top for market time and a higher absorption rate because of more affordable housing, good jobs, an easier commute and good schools.  With the main Microsoft campus in Redmond right on the Bellevue line, there are lots of jobs right there.  In addition, there’s easier freeway and bus access to Seattle than in the outlying suburbs.
 
The higher price point in West Bellevue means fewer buyers can afford to live there.  Affordability issues increase the market time.  Longer market time here is a function of pricing, not desirability.  West Bellevue is considered to be one of the best locations on the eastside.
 
Two of the areas had an increase in the median pricing, Redmond and East Bellevue and Redmond and Education Hill.  Changes in median pricing, however, need to be looked at over a period of months since the median price for this month reflects the sales for this month only.
 
Why is market time important?  It’s one indication of the desirability and affordability of an area.  Both are key to future growth and appreciation.  People like to live in convenient areas with good schools and affordable housing.
 
The cities below are grouped together to follow our MLS areas (multiple listing service) and shows how our statistical information is  reported.  How did your city do this past month?
 
Which Seattle-eastside city had the fastest selling homes in October, 2011?
 
1. Redmond/East Bellevue

The odds of selling a home were 30%.*

Median sales price increased (y-o-y)** to $435,000 from $427,000.

193 homes were for sale

A total of 58 homes sold.

Days on the market: 56
 
2. Kirkland

The odds of selling a home were 26%.

Median price decreased from $592,000 to $501,000.

234 homes were for sale.

A total of 60 homes sold.

Days on Market:  99
 
3. Redmond/Education Hill/ Carnation

The odds of selling a home were 19%

Median pricing increased from $541,000 to $580,000.

321 homes were for sale.

A total of 62 homes sold.

Days on Market: 100
 
4.Woodinville/Bothell/Kenmore/Duvall/North Kirkland

The odds of selling a home were 22%.

Median price was down from $377,000 to $370,000.

540 homes were for sale.

A total of 117 homes sold.

Days on Market: 101
 
5. South Bellevue/Issaquah

The odds of selling a home were 24%.

Median price decreased from $580,000 to $500,000.

338 homes were for sale.

A total of 81 homes sold.

Days on market: 104
 
6. The plateau:  Sammamish, Issaquah, North Bend, and Fall City

The odds of selling a home were 23%.

Median sales price decreased from $500,000 to $460,000.

There were 650 homes for sale.

A total of 158 homes sold.

Days on the market: 108
 
7. West Bellevue

The odds of selling a home were 22.5%.

Median pricing decreased from $985,000 to $878,000.

128 homes were for sale.

A total of 31 homes sold.

Days on Market: 117

 
If you’d like more specific information about your neighborhood or home, feel free to contact either Brooks or me.

*(The odds of selling a home in each area is a result of the number of homes for sale divided by the actual number of home sales, so if 10 out of 100 homes sold, the odds of selling would be 10/100 or 10%)

** (y-o-y)  median pricing is comparing year over year numbers.

Posted on November 17, 2011 at 6:05 am
The Beaupain Team | Category: Bellevue, WA, Financing, For Sellers, Issaquah, WA, King County, WA, Market Statistics, Real Estate, Redmond, Sammamish, WA, Seattle real estate, Woodinville, WA | Tagged , , , ,