Seattle Real Estate Trends: February 2016

Mariners baseball is starting in just a few weeks, the tulips are up, and all my listings are pending! Let’s see what happened in Seattle’s February real estate market in key neighborhoods:

Inventory and Pendings

Below we compare the number of active listings (supply) and pendings (demand) for several of the key Seattle neighborhoods including Central Seattle, Queen Anne and Magnolia, Belltown and Downtown, Ballard and Greenlake, and North Seattle. Our table includes single family residences as well as condos comparing February 2015 and 2016.

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Median Sales Prices

Median sales prices are up quite dramatically in some areas comparing February 2015 versus February 2016 numbers. See the tables below!

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With the number of sales dropping in some areas due to lack of inventory, median sales price adjustments may get more pronounced. For example, in North Seattle, the number of sales dropped from 81 last February to 65 this February. However, in Ballard/Greenlake, the sales went from 119 last year to 189. Belltown went from 23 last year to 40 this year. Queen Anne/Magnolia was about at par with 69 sales last year and 71 this year. Central Seattle went from 105 to 83.

In Ballard/Greenlake, there were several lower-priced properties that sold that might be skewing the median a bit. The Cove at Verdian counted for 8 of the 189 sales, all under $239,000. In addition the Vik condo project accounted for 64 sales, ranging from to $261,900 to $755,900.

Just like in Belltown last summer with the Ensignia project, as inventory is low and a buildings-worth of new product comes on the market, I expect median home prices to skew based on the pricing in the development.

The median home price for February in all of Seattle for both residential and condos was $511,000, which is 16.1% above last February’s $440,000. February had 695 listings available on the market and as of this writing, there are 747 active listings, which is good for our market.

If you would like to learn more about what is happening in your neighborhood, let’s talk! Please contact me – your Seattle Home Guy – at sold@windermere.com or give me a call: (206) 226-5300.

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