RE Market Updates

Many experts are forecasting 2016 to be a sellers market. I am in total agreement. With continuing low inventory creating increased competition between buyers and homeowners, many sellers are not as motivated to sell and are negotiating harder, so buyers will need to move more quickly than in the past to secure a home that […]

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2014 Home Sales – South & Central Whidbey 2014 showed a strong return of the real estate market on South & Central Whidbey Island. Below is a summary of home sales on South & Central Whidbey from 2011-2014, plus a tally of the YTD sales in 2015.  The total number of homes sold in 2014 […]

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Gardner Report Q1 2013 Here is Matthew Gardner’s most recent report on the state of real estate in our area. He is optimistic, and the report brings forward many reasons why he doesn’t think this is just a “housing bubble”. Any thoughts you have on the report are welcome. As for me I am seeing […]

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I am really proud to be a part of Windermere Real Estate.  Windermere was once again ranked the leading real estate company based on sales volume in the Puget Sound area.  If you study the information about sales in the top 5 real estate firms, you will find that not only does Windermere have significantly […]

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“As I pore through the data that is presented here, it is quite clear that after falling off the proverbial economic precipice in 2008, we have come out of the free fall and are starting up the long road to recovery on both the job front as well as in our real estate markets.”  Matthew […]

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In keeping with the spirit of the holidays and the winter solstice, the National Association of Realtors issued a news release yesterday announcing a continuing rise in the sale of existing homes in November 2011. We can all hope that the housing market may at long last be moving in a positive direction. Challenges lie […]

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If you are allergic to data, don’t read this, because it has a lot..:-) Here’s a snapshot of the past 15 months of real estate activity for the Whidbey Island real estate market from Coupeville to Clinton. It excludes Oak Harbor and Camano Island which are very different markets compared the southern half of Whidbey […]

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Attached is the latest Gardner Report covering the third quarter of 2011. According to Matthew’s analysis, the economy continues at a tortoise-like pace with slow, plodding improvements. Compared to the first six months of the year, Island County’s unemployment rate fell to (8.8%) from last quarter, but still a slight increase over this time period […]

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I don’t usually post another blog or document in it’s entirety, but in this case, I thought it was important enough to do so. Many leading economists and regular citizens, me included, believe solving the nation’s housing crisis is the singular most important near term economic issue facing our nation, not withstanding the current focus […]

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The above chart shows the last 15 months of real estate activity for South and Central Whidbey. See discussion below: The summer finished with a total of 103 homes being sold in July-Sep 2011 compared to 83 for the same period last year which is an increase of 24% more homes sold. This high sales […]

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It has been a while since I have had time to analyze the active listing and closed sales real estate data for Whidbey Island, so I thought it would be good to give everyone an update. The data presented below is through the end of September, just as we are headed into what has traditionally […]

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It is a good time to buy on Whidbey Island. Interest rates are low, and there is excellent inventory.

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Mexican Standoff? Wikipedia describes it as a slang term used for a stalemate or impasse, a confrontation that neither side can win in the foreseeable future. It describes the conflict between buyers and sellers in the real estate market today. There is a huge amount of nostalgia for the boom days of 2004 and 2005 […]

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What is important to do, and what is not, for properties I represent for sale?  In my profession I must ask this question for each of the properties I represent every day. First and foremost, it is important that I make sure that my clients properties are being presented in an inviting way to the […]

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Looking at Whidbey Island Real Estate Statistics ending  Dec 2009, our year to date sold homes finished ahead of last year.   Active listing inventory is down but I think that may have more to do with it being December, and we will need to see what happens in the early months of 2010 to give […]

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