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Blog Is the Number of Homes for Sale Finally Growing? An important metric in today’s residential real estate market is the number of homes available for sale. The shortage of available housing inventory is the major reason for the double-digit price appreciation we’ve seen in each of the last two years. It’s the reason many would-be purchasers are frustrated with the bidding wars over the homes that […]
Blog Local Market Update – September 2021   Prices appear to be cooling, according to Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner. In King County, the median list price was lower in August than in July, and the median sales price also dipped slightly from the prior month. “I believe this is because we are hitting a price ceiling and that the rabid pace […]
Blog What You Can Do Right Now To Prepare for Homeownership As rent prices continue to soar, many renters want to know what they can do to get ready to buy their first home. According to recent data from ApartmentList.com: “The first half of 2021 has seen the fastest growth in rent prices since the start of our estimates in 2017. Our national rent index has increased by 11.4 percent […]
Blog 5 Reasons Today’s Housing Market Is Anything but Normal There are many headlines out there that claim we’re reverting to a more normal real estate market. That would indicate the housing market is returning to the pre-pandemic numbers we saw from 2015-2019. But that’s not happening. The market is still extremely vibrant as demand is still strong even while housing supply is slowly returning. […]
Blog Happening on the Eastside: September 2021 Fall is upon us and if you’re looking for ways to get and out stay active, we’ve got you covered! Every month we put together a comprehensive list of community and special events happening across the Eastside in cities like Kirkland, Bellevue, and Redmond with everything from art fairs and food trucks to drive-in movies […]
Blog Local Market Update: August 2021 The typical summer slowdown brought some good news for those looking to buy a home. While prices are still on the rise, there are more homes to choose from and multiple offers are down as compared to earlier this year. This easing, however, is slight, and the market continues to be very competitive for buyers. […]
Blog With Rents on the Rise – Is Now the Time To Buy? According to recent data from realtor.com, median rental prices have reached their highest point ever recorded in many areas across the country. The report found rents rose by 8.1% from the same time last year. As it notes: “Beyond simply recovering to pre-pandemic levels, rents across the country are surging. Typically, rents fluctuate less than 1% from month to month. In May and […]
Blog The Gardner Report – Second Quarter 2021 REGIONAL ECONOMIC OVERVIEW Employment levels in Western Washington picked up in the late spring and early summer months. The region has now recovered 168,800 of the 297,210 jobs that were lost due to the pandemic. Although the recovery is palpable, there are still 128,000 fewer jobs than there were at the pre-COVID peak in February […]
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Blog Happening on the Eastside: August 2021   We have your August go-to guide for a mix of virtual and in-person activities that will help you make the most of summer in the Pacific Northwest! Every month we put together a comprehensive list of community and special events happening across the Eastside in cities like Kirkland, Bellevue, and Redmond with everything from […]
Blog Why This Isn’t Your Typical Summer Housing Market In real estate, it’s normal to see ebbs and flows in the market. Typically, the summer months are slower-paced than the traditionally busy spring. But this isn’t a typical summer. As the economy rebounds and life is returning to normal, the real estate market is expected to have an unusually strong summer season. Here’s how […]
Blog Local Market Update: July 2021 Is there finally hope for homebuyers? The number of listings rose slightly throughout the region in June, but it’s not clear if that trend will continue. Supply is still far short of demand, and the Puget Sound region remains one of the hottest housing markets in the country. Despite the uptick in inventory, many homes […]
Blog Are We in a Housing Bubble? Experts Say No. The question of whether the real estate market is a bubble ready to pop seems to be dominating a lot of conversations – and everyone has an opinion. Yet, when it comes down to it, the opinions that carry the most weight are the ones based on experience and expertise. Here are four expert opinions […]
Blog Happening on the Eastside: July 2021 If you’re looking to make the most of these gorgeous PNW summer days you’re in the right place. We’ve got everything you need to take advantage and begin planning your next safe, socially-distanced venture all in one place! We’ve put together an up-to-date list of community and special events happening across the Eastside in cities […]
Blog 5 Things Homebuyers Need To Know When Making an Offer When it comes to buying a house, you’re looking for the perfect place to call home. The problem is, in today’s market there just aren’t that many homes available to purchase. With inventory hovering near record lows and sky-high buyer demand, a multi-offer scenario is the new normal. Here are five things to keep in mind when you’re […]
Blog Local Market Update: June 2021 May was a record-breaking month for the real estate market. Inventory hit all-time lows, and home prices reached record highs. With the supply of homes so tight, this sizzling seller’s market is expected to continue throughout the summer. High demand hammered inventory in May. While the number of new listings increased, homes sold within days, […]
Blog What’s Motivating People To Move Right Now? This year, Americans are moving for a variety of reasons. The health crisis has truly reshaped our lifestyles and our needs. Spending so much more time in our current homes has driven many people to reconsider what homeownership means and what they find most valuable in their living spaces. According to the 2020 Annual National Movers […]
Blog Where Do Experts Say the Housing Market Is Heading? As we enter the middle of 2021, many are wondering if we’ll see big changes in the housing market during the second half of this year. Here’s a look at what some experts have to say about key factors that will drive the industry and the economy forward in the months to come. realtor.com “. […]
Blog Happening on the Eastside: June 2021 We’ve had some beautiful weather in the last few weeks and it looks like there’s more on the horizon. As restrictions ease and things slowly begin to open back up on the Eastside we have everything you need to take advantage and begin planning your next safe, socially-distanced venture all in one place! We’ve put […]
Blog What is a Seller’s Market? When the housing market favors sellers, a seller can expect ideal conditions for selling their home. However, that’s not to say that a seller’s market doesn’t come with its own unique set of challenges for parties on both sides of the transaction. That’s why it’s critical for buyers and sellers to work with an agent […]
Blog Local Market Update: May 2021 A sizeable increase in new listings in April offered some good news for buyers, but it was matched by an even greater increase in sales. With supplies depleted, and homes being snapped up within days, nearly every area saw double-digit price gains. The current forecast as we head towards summer: the market remains as hot […]