There’s no “red” on the Seattle-eastside real estate map, which means there were no seller’s markets in June, 2010. The Seattle-eastside real estate market has turned “yellow” for a market balanced between buyers and sellers, and “green.” “Green” on the map indicates a buyer’s market. It’s not surprising to me that certain areas stay as a balanced real estate market longer than some others.
Which Seattle-eastside areas have remained stronger as a balanced market between buyers and sellers?
East Bellevue and Redmond near Microsoft (530 on the map)
It’s traditionally one of the strongest areas, because homes are so close to jobs at Microsoft. The neighborhoods abut the main Microsoft campus and are an easy commute to downtown Bellevue, the economic hub of the eastside. Plus, housing can be found from the $200’s and $300’s to million+ dollar waterfront. Housing in many neighborhoods is in the affordable range for the area.
South Bellevue and Issaquah (500 on the map)
The area south of I-90 is a big drawing card for Seattle commuters. Again, there’s a variety of home styles and ages, good schools, and a fabulous commute either to eastside economic centers or downtown Seattle.
Sammamish, Issaquah, Preston, Fall City, and North Bend. (540 on the map)
Another area that’s consistently one of the strongest is the plateau areas of Sammamish, Issaquah, Preston, Fall City, and North Bend. The different eastside cities here have a huge variety of homes from estates to acreage to newer construction and town homes. Good schools and some good values keep the area strong.
There are still great homes and condos out there to buy and interest rates are at historic lows. The loss of the tax credit may not make much of a difference when calculating the savings in monthly payments over time.