Seattle Real Estate Trends: March 2016

I am glad to see the number of homes on the market picking up as there are a lot of buyers out there who need to buy homes! I have ten listings and six of them pended in about seven days. The others haven’t been on the market yet a week but I expect them to go fast.

Let’s see what happened in Seattle’s March real estate market in key neighborhoods: Continue reading

Seattle Real Estate Trends, April 2015

Listing Inventory

Below is a table comparing the number of active listings (supply) and pendings (demand) for several of the Seattle neighborhoods I specialize in: Central Seattle, Queen Anne / Magnolia, Belltown / Downtown, Ballard / Greenlake, and North Seattle. We are comparing April 2014 with April 2015.


Homes in the Seattle market are selling like hotcakes this spring. The last few homes I have listed have sold very very quickly. I currently have three listings on the market – one is just coming on today in Ravenna (NWMLS #785368 – a 1,860 square foot remodeled home with Mt. Rainier views priced at $650,000), one in Whittier (NWMLS #781505 – a 1,880 square foot Cape Cod priced at $500,000 and on the market 7 days), and one in View Ridge (NWMLS #781486 – a 3,280 square foot Mid-Century Modern with a view of the lake and mountains priced at $1,200,000 and on the market for 11 days). I expect they will all sell in a matter of days.

Median Sales Prices

Median Sales Prices continue to creep up due to the inventory shortage which I predict will continue as long as our population is on the rise due to Seattle’s strong economy and there isn’t enough new construction to satiate the demand.

Below are the median sales prices for the neighborhoods I track, comparing April 2014 with April 2015. There are significant price increases in Queen Anne / Magnolia, Ballard / Greenlake, and North Seattle. Central Seattle and Belltown/Downtown have a number of condominium sales which are a slightly different animal than the predominantly residential sales we see throughout the rest of the city.


This spring and summer is turning out to be one of the best times to sell in years. Once interest rates start rising, however, those trends may change. If you would like to know where your home stands in relation to the market, please give me a call or send me an email: (206) 226-5300 or  Don’t look back and say, “If only we had sold then” Now might be your moment!

The Equity Formula – Why “Buying Up” Can Net You Thousands

Even though prices in the Seattle markets are continuing to climb, this can be a great time to sell your home and “buy up”. Often when a home seller “buys up” he or she purchases a home that is 1.5 times the value of the current home. So if a seller’s home has a market value of $400,000, their next home will likely be $600,000.

For this example, let’s assume a homeowner owns a home in Queen Anne with a market value of $500,000 purchased eight years ago for $300,000. He put 20% down and he is paying 5.75% for a 30 year fixed rate loan:


His goal is to buy a home in Ballard valued at $750,000 and he qualifies for 4.0% interest rate on a 30 year fixed rate mortgage:


The above assumes all equity from previous home sale minus 7% of sale price for home selling expenses has been put towards this purchase.

Now, let’s look five years into the future and make some assumptions regarding appreciation. Assuming the Seattle area appreciates at an average of 5% per year, let’s compare his investments if he had stayed in the same $500,000 home with the same mortgage versus if he moved up to the $750,000 home:


Wow! Both the reduction in the mortgage interest rate plus appreciation on the higher-priced home meant more equity! Now let’s project out ten years using the same variables:


Of course, these are not a guarantee that an investment will perform as illustrated here, but the value of compounding interest (both on the mortgage and on appreciation) should not be underestimated. Please give me a call at (206) 226-5300 or send an email to  to learn more and strategize your next move.

Mortgage examples are for illustrative use only and are not an offer for a mortgage nor an indication that reader qualifies for such mortgage. Future market value amounts are examples of what could happen and are not a guarantee of future performance. Agent is not responsible for any financial losses that occur as a result of investments made as a result of this publication.