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Oct 29 2009

Gig Harbor waterfront sales will beat 2008

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Gig Harbor waterfront sales will beat 2008 Waterfront buyers sat on the sidelines from November through March. But April, May and June produced an abundance of sales of Gig Harbor waterfront homes, closing in May through July to end summer on a far better note that it started.  And sales through the end of October have actually tied with year-end of 2008. If all 15 homes that are pending close, the year will end down only 15% from 2006 and 2007. Inventory has plummeted since April. Following the subprime lending news in September and October last year, inventory of Gig Harbor waterfront skyrocketed and sales were non-existent. November through April ran a steady 9-10 year supply of waterfront properties with a nominal single property closing each of those months. May through July saw the inventory absorbed, with 12 homes closing escrow in July. July's closings swept away a lot of Gig Harbor waterfront inventory and it continued momentum, creating 21 new pendings. October has also produced two pendings on properties listed over $1million. Prices on high end homes are still trending downward. But sellers have become savvy in pricing their homes and September closings of Gig Harbor waterfront showed transactions closed at an average of 91% of the original list price. This is far better than the 78-84% differential experienced most of this year. Cash buyers have leveraged their cash and felt confident the "bottom of the market" was nearing. They purchased some great properties in the past few months-for as much as a 30% discount. Approximately 30% of homes sold in the first month of listing and over 34% sold after more than four months, the balance falling between one and four months. In September I commented the overall median price for all Gig Harbor waterfront properties this year would likely be $100,000 less than 2008, which was $800,000. That appears to still be the case with the median sales price at $690,000 year-to-date. The table shows the activity and prices in each of the areas thus far this year. It is notable that two areas-Wollochet/Cromwell and Horsehead/Arletta are experiencing sales prices very close to their median list price. Wauna and Key Peninsula are two other areas selling quite close to the list price
Area On Market Pending Sold Median List Price Median Sale Price
Gig Harbor Bay 13 3 4 $1,300,000 $953,000
Wauna 3 0 2 $700,000 $575,000
Rosedale 5 0 2 $1,295,000 $512,000
Key Peninsula So 14 2 7 $537,000 $480,000
Fox Island 23 1 7 $1,100,000 $690,000
Wollochet/Cromwell 19 2 10 $1,000,000 $1,055,000
Horsehead/Arletta 39 4 4 $1,075,000 $1,055,000
Gig Harbor No 4 1 0 $714,000 no sale
Key Peninsula No 12 Total  132 2 Total 15 4 Total 40 $785,000 All Areas $946,000 $556,000 All Areas $693,000
Carole Holmaas is an Associate Broker with Windermere Real Estate in Gig Harbor, licensed since 1967, specializing in waterfront and view properties. She can be reached at 253.549.6611 or Carole@ISellGigHarbor.com. Comment on her blog at http://blog.ISellGigHarbor.com

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Oct 29 2009

Gig Harbor waterfront sales will beat 2008

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Gig Harbor waterfront sales will beat 2008

Waterfront buyers sat on the sidelines from November through March. But April, May and June produced an abundance of sales of Gig Harbor waterfront homes, closing in May through July to end summer on a far better note that it started.  And sales through the end of October have actually tied with year-end of 2008. If all 15 homes that are pending close, the year will end down only 15% from 2006 and 2007.

Inventory has plummeted since April. Following the subprime lending news in September and October last year, inventory of Gig Harbor waterfront skyrocketed and sales were non-existent. November through April ran a steady 9-10 year supply of waterfront properties with a nominal single property closing each of those months. May through July saw the inventory absorbed, with 12 homes closing escrow in July.

July's closings swept away a lot of Gig Harbor waterfront inventory and it continued momentum, creating 21 new pendings. October has also produced two pendings on properties listed over $1million.

Prices on high end homes are still trending downward. But sellers have become savvy in pricing their homes and September closings of Gig Harbor waterfront showed transactions closed at an average of 91% of the original list price. This is far better than the 78-84% differential experienced most of this year. Cash buyers have leveraged their cash and felt confident the "bottom of the market" was nearing. They purchased some great properties in the past few months-for as much as a 30% discount.

Approximately 30% of homes sold in the first month of listing and over 34% sold after more than four months, the balance falling between one and four months.

In September I commented the overall median price for all Gig Harbor waterfront properties this year would likely be $100,000 less than 2008, which was $800,000. That appears to still be the case with the median sales price at $690,000 year-to-date.

The table shows the activity and prices in each of the areas thus far this year. It is notable that two areas-Wollochet/Cromwell and Horsehead/Arletta are experiencing sales prices very close to their median list price. Wauna and Key Peninsula are two other areas selling quite close to the list price 

 

Area

On Market

Pending

Sold

Median

List Price

Median

Sale Price

Gig Harbor Bay

13

3

4

$1,300,000

  $953,000

Wauna

3

0

2

   $700,000

  $575,000

Rosedale

5

0

2

$1,295,000

  $512,000

Key Peninsula So

14

2

7

   $537,000

  $480,000

Fox Island

23

1

7

$1,100,000

  $690,000

Wollochet/Cromwell

19

2

10

$1,000,000

$1,055,000

Horsehead/Arletta

39

4

4

$1,075,000

$1,055,000

Gig Harbor No

4

1

0

   $714,000

     no sale

Key Peninsula No

12

Total  132

2

  Total 15

4

Total 40

  $785,000

All Areas

$946,000

  $556,000

All Areas

$693,000

 

                                                            

Carole Holmaas is an Associate Broker with Windermere Real Estate in Gig Harbor, licensed since 1967, specializing in waterfront and view properties. She can be reached at 253.549.6611 or Carole@ISellGigHarbor.com. Comment on her blog at http://blog.ISellGigHarbor.com

 

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Oct 29 2009

Gig Harbor waterfront sales will beat 2008

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Gig Harbor waterfront sales will beat 2008

Waterfront buyers sat on the sidelines from November through March. But April, May and June produced an abundance of sales of Gig Harbor waterfront homes, closing in May through July to end summer on a far better note that it started.  And sales through the end of October have actually tied with year-end of 2008. If all 15 homes that are pending close, the year will end down only 15% from 2006 and 2007.

Inventory has plummeted since April. Following the subprime lending news in September and October last year, inventory of Gig Harbor waterfront skyrocketed and sales were non-existent. November through April ran a steady 9-10 year supply of waterfront properties with a nominal single property closing each of those months. May through July saw the inventory absorbed, with 12 homes closing escrow in July.

July's closings swept away a lot of Gig Harbor waterfront inventory and it continued momentum, creating 21 new pendings. October has also produced two pendings on properties listed over $1million.

Prices on high end homes are still trending downward. But sellers have become savvy in pricing their homes and September closings of Gig Harbor waterfront showed transactions closed at an average of 91% of the original list price. This is far better than the 78-84% differential experienced most of this year. Cash buyers have leveraged their cash and felt confident the "bottom of the market" was nearing. They purchased some great properties in the past few months-for as much as a 30% discount.

Approximately 30% of homes sold in the first month of listing and over 34% sold after more than four months, the balance falling between one and four months.

In September I commented the overall median price for all Gig Harbor waterfront properties this year would likely be $100,000 less than 2008, which was $800,000. That appears to still be the case with the median sales price at $690,000 year-to-date.

The table shows the activity and prices in each of the areas thus far this year. It is notable that two areas-Wollochet/Cromwell and Horsehead/Arletta are experiencing sales prices very close to their median list price. Wauna and Key Peninsula are two other areas selling quite close to the list price 

 

Area

On Market

Pending

Sold

Median

List Price

Median

Sale Price

Gig Harbor Bay

13

3

4

$1,300,000

  $953,000

Wauna

3

0

2

   $700,000

  $575,000

Rosedale

5

0

2

$1,295,000

  $512,000

Key Peninsula So

14

2

7

   $537,000

  $480,000

Fox Island

23

1

7

$1,100,000

  $690,000

Wollochet/Cromwell

19

2

10

$1,000,000

$1,055,000

Horsehead/Arletta

39

4

4

$1,075,000

$1,055,000

Gig Harbor No

4

1

0

   $714,000

     no sale

Key Peninsula No

12

Total  132

2

  Total 15

4

Total 40

  $785,000

All Areas

$946,000

  $556,000

All Areas

$693,000

 

                                                            

Carole Holmaas is an Associate Broker with Windermere Real Estate in Gig Harbor, licensed since 1967, specializing in waterfront and view properties. She can be reached at 253.549.6611 or Carole@ISellGigHarbor.com. Comment on her blog at http://blog.ISellGigHarbor.com

 

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Oct 29 2009

Gig Harbor waterfront sales will beat 2008

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Gig Harbor waterfront sales will beat 2008

Waterfront buyers sat on the sidelines from November through March. But April, May and June produced an abundance of sales of Gig Harbor waterfront homes, closing in May through July to end summer on a far better note that it started.  And sales through the end of October have actually tied with year-end of 2008. If all 15 homes that are pending close, the year will end down only 15% from 2006 and 2007.

Inventory has plummeted since April. Following the subprime lending news in September and October last year, inventory of Gig Harbor waterfront skyrocketed and sales were non-existent. November through April ran a steady 9-10 year supply of waterfront properties with a nominal single property closing each of those months. May through July saw the inventory absorbed, with 12 homes closing escrow in July.

July's closings swept away a lot of Gig Harbor waterfront inventory and it continued momentum, creating 21 new pendings. October has also produced two pendings on properties listed over $1million.

Prices on high end homes are still trending downward. But sellers have become savvy in pricing their homes and September closings of Gig Harbor waterfront showed transactions closed at an average of 91% of the original list price. This is far better than the 78-84% differential experienced most of this year. Cash buyers have leveraged their cash and felt confident the "bottom of the market" was nearing. They purchased some great properties in the past few months-for as much as a 30% discount.

Approximately 30% of homes sold in the first month of listing and over 34% sold after more than four months, the balance falling between one and four months.

In September I commented the overall median price for all Gig Harbor waterfront properties this year would likely be $100,000 less than 2008, which was $800,000. That appears to still be the case with the median sales price at $690,000 year-to-date.

The table shows the activity and prices in each of the areas thus far this year. It is notable that two areas-Wollochet/Cromwell and Horsehead/Arletta are experiencing sales prices very close to their median list price. Wauna and Key Peninsula are two other areas selling quite close to the list price 

 

Area

On Market

Pending

Sold

Median

List Price

Median

Sale Price

Gig Harbor Bay

13

3

4

$1,300,000

  $953,000

Wauna

3

0

2

   $700,000

  $575,000

Rosedale

5

0

2

$1,295,000

  $512,000

Key Peninsula So

14

2

7

   $537,000

  $480,000

Fox Island

23

1

7

$1,100,000

  $690,000

Wollochet/Cromwell

19

2

10

$1,000,000

$1,055,000

Horsehead/Arletta

39

4

4

$1,075,000

$1,055,000

Gig Harbor No

4

1

0

   $714,000

     no sale

Key Peninsula No

12

Total  132

2

  Total 15

4

Total 40

  $785,000

All Areas

$946,000

  $556,000

All Areas

$693,000

 

                                                            

Carole Holmaas is an Associate Broker with Windermere Real Estate in Gig Harbor, licensed since 1967, specializing in waterfront and view properties. She can be reached at 253.549.6611 or Carole@ISellGigHarbor.com. Comment on her blog at http://blog.ISellGigHarbor.com

 

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Oct 23 2009

Gig Harbor home sales start to equalize in Key Peninsula

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Gig Harbor home sales start to equalize in Key Peninsula A snapshot of Gig Harbor home sales shows a nearly balanced market for Key Peninsula mailing addresses. Zip codes 98329 and 98394(Wauna, Vaughn and Key Center) have just slightly more than a seven month supply of homes in inventory. A balanced-or neutral market-is generally considered six to seven month home inventory, based on number of sales in that month. When the number drops below six months it generally becomes a seller's market. 6.3 months of inventory was normal in this area during the strong sales years of 2002-2007 so the current seven months supply is a very strong number. A high of 40 months was reached last January. Median prices are still dropping-over 10% in third quarter compared to the same period last year, with 15 closings-a high percentage of "bank-involved" sales pulling prices down. A perspective on prices over the past few years--the current median sales price--$209,000--equals first quarter 2005 when homes were selling for 99% of listed price. The median price will only increase when buyers have an appetite for something other than foreclosures and short sales and when consumer confidence is restored. Unfortunately, locally there are still many foreclosures in the pipeline. The zip codes of 98349 and 98351 (Longbranch, Lakebay and Home) have only an 8.9 month inventory of homes, based on the sales pace in September. This is looking positive for an area that experienced a 6.9 month supply of homes during the boom years of 2002-2005 but has been running double digits and a high of 49 months supply last November. The median sales price is down for third quarter by 15.4% representing 10 sales. In this area the median price has been "reset" to prices established the first nine months of 2005 when homes were selling for 98.5% of listed price. This table shows Key Peninsula zip codes 98329/98394 and 98349/98351 for Gig Harbor home sales for September 2009 and 2008.
Gig Harbor home sales 98329 & 98394 98349 & 98351
Number of active listings ▼29.5% ▼21.9%
Number of homes sold ▲50% ▲42.9%
Median sales price ▼ 10.7% ▼15.4%
(3rd Qtr comparison) $209,000 $176,000
Number months inventory ▼53% ▼50%
(based on closed sales) 7.3 months 8.9 months
Readers must be careful not to read too much into a single month comparison but these figures are encouraging to local Realtors. The 17-month graphs below show the bigger picture in Gig Harbor home sales in these zip codes. With the median price hovering at and below $200,000, homes in these areas have been snapped up by first-time buyers as they receive the $8000 tax credit. This tax credit is expected to be extended. Month-to-month figures will continue to fluctuate as the market continues to stabilize. And expect inventory to climb as winter takes it toll on sales 98349 and 98351 98329 and 98394 Throughout the entire Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula market area, sales for October are on track to close higher numbers than last year. Several price ranges are showing the first signs of strength in a year, namely in the low $500's and the mid $400's and $600's. Carole Holmaas is an Associate Broker at Windermere Real Estate, licensed since 1967. She may be reached at Carole@ISellGigHarbor.com or 253.549.6611. Her real estate blog may be read at http://blog.ISellGigHarbor.com

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Oct 23 2009

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Gig Harbor home sales start to equalize in Key Peninsula

A snapshot of Gig Harbor home sales shows a nearly balanced market for Key Peninsula mailing addresses. Zip codes 98329 and 98394(Wauna, Vaughn and Key Center) have just slightly more than a seven month supply of homes in inventory.

A balanced-or neutral market-is generally considered six to seven month home inventory, based on number of sales in that month. When the number drops below six months it generally becomes a seller's market.

6.3 months of inventory was normal in this area during the strong sales years of 2002-2007 so the current seven months supply is a very strong number. A high of 40 months was reached last January.

Median prices are still dropping-over 10% in third quarter compared to the same period last year, with 15 closings-a high percentage of "bank-involved" sales pulling prices down. A perspective on prices over the past few years--the current median sales price--$209,000--equals first quarter 2005 when homes were selling for 99% of listed price.

The median price will only increase when buyers have an appetite for something other than foreclosures and short sales and when consumer confidence is restored. Unfortunately, locally there are still many foreclosures in the pipeline.

The zip codes of 98349 and 98351 (Longbranch, Lakebay and Home) have only an 8.9 month inventory of homes, based on the sales pace in September. This is looking positive for an area that experienced a 6.9 month supply of homes during the boom years of 2002-2005 but has been running double digits and a high of 49 months supply last November.

The median sales price is down for third quarter by 15.4% representing 10 sales. In this area the median price has been "reset" to prices established the first nine months of 2005 when homes were selling for 98.5% of listed price.  

This table shows Key Peninsula zip codes 98329/98394 and 98349/98351 for Gig Harbor home sales for September 2009 and 2008.                                             

Gig Harbor home sales

98329 & 98394

98349 & 98351

Number of active listings

▼29.5%

▼21.9%

Number of homes sold

▲50%

▲42.9%

Median sales price

▼ 10.7%

▼15.4%

  (3rd Qtr comparison)

$209,000

$176,000

Number months inventory

▼53%

▼50%

  (based on closed sales)

7.3 months

8.9 months

Readers must be careful not to read too much into a single month comparison but these figures are encouraging to local Realtors. The 17-month graphs below show the bigger picture in Gig Harbor home sales in these zip codes. With the median price hovering at and below $200,000, homes in these areas have been snapped up by first-time buyers as they receive the $8000 tax credit. This tax credit is expected to be extended. Month-to-month figures will continue to fluctuate as the market continues to stabilize. And expect inventory to climb as winter takes it toll on sales

   Gig Harbor Home Sales98349 and 98351

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Gig Harbor Home Sales98329 and 98394

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Throughout the entire Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula market area, sales for October are on track to close higher numbers than last year. Several price ranges are showing the first signs of strength in a year, namely in the low $500's and the mid $400's and $600's.

                                                                                                                                                     

Carole Holmaas is an Associate Broker at Windermere Real Estate, licensed since 1967. She may be reached at Carole@ISellGigHarbor.com or 253.549.6611. Her real estate blog may be read at http://blog.ISellGigHarbor.com

 

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Oct 23 2009

Gig Harbor home sales start to equalize in Key Peninsula

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Gig Harbor home sales start to equalize in Key Peninsula

A snapshot of Gig Harbor home sales shows a nearly balanced market for Key Peninsula mailing addresses. Zip codes 98329 and 98394(Wauna, Vaughn and Key Center) have just slightly more than a seven month supply of homes in inventory.

A balanced-or neutral market-is generally considered six to seven month home inventory, based on number of sales in that month. When the number drops below six months it generally becomes a seller's market.

6.3 months of inventory was normal in this area during the strong sales years of 2002-2007 so the current seven months supply is a very strong number. A high of 40 months was reached last January.

Median prices are still dropping-over 10% in third quarter compared to the same period last year, with 15 closings-a high percentage of "bank-involved" sales pulling prices down. A perspective on prices over the past few years--the current median sales price--$209,000--equals first quarter 2005 when homes were selling for 99% of listed price.

The median price will only increase when buyers have an appetite for something other than foreclosures and short sales and when consumer confidence is restored. Unfortunately, locally there are still many foreclosures in the pipeline.

The zip codes of 98349 and 98351 (Longbranch, Lakebay and Home) have only an 8.9 month inventory of homes, based on the sales pace in September. This is looking positive for an area that experienced a 6.9 month supply of homes during the boom years of 2002-2005 but has been running double digits and a high of 49 months supply last November.

The median sales price is down for third quarter by 15.4% representing 10 sales. In this area the median price has been "reset" to prices established the first nine months of 2005 when homes were selling for 98.5% of listed price.  

This table shows Key Peninsula zip codes 98329/98394 and 98349/98351 for Gig Harbor home sales for September 2009 and 2008.                                             

Gig Harbor home sales

98329 & 98394

98349 & 98351

Number of active listings

▼29.5%

▼21.9%

Number of homes sold

▲50%

▲42.9%

Median sales price

▼ 10.7%

▼15.4%

  (3rd Qtr comparison)

$209,000

$176,000

Number months inventory

▼53%

▼50%

  (based on closed sales)

7.3 months

8.9 months

Readers must be careful not to read too much into a single month comparison but these figures are encouraging to local Realtors. The 17-month graphs below show the bigger picture in Gig Harbor home sales in these zip codes. With the median price hovering at and below $200,000, homes in these areas have been snapped up by first-time buyers as they receive the $8000 tax credit. This tax credit is expected to be extended. Month-to-month figures will continue to fluctuate as the market continues to stabilize. And expect inventory to climb as winter takes it toll on sales

   Gig Harbor Home Sales98349 and 98351

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Gig Harbor Home Sales98329 and 98394

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Throughout the entire Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula market area, sales for October are on track to close higher numbers than last year. Several price ranges are showing the first signs of strength in a year, namely in the low $500's and the mid $400's and $600's.

                                                                                                                                                     

Carole Holmaas is an Associate Broker at Windermere Real Estate, licensed since 1967. She may be reached at Carole@ISellGigHarbor.com or 253.549.6611. Her real estate blog may be read at http://blog.ISellGigHarbor.com

 

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Oct 23 2009

Gig Harbor home sales start to equalize in Key Peninsula

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Gig Harbor home sales start to equalize in Key Peninsula

A snapshot of Gig Harbor home sales shows a nearly balanced market for Key Peninsula mailing addresses. Zip codes 98329 and 98394(Wauna, Vaughn and Key Center) have just slightly more than a seven month supply of homes in inventory.

A balanced-or neutral market-is generally considered six to seven month home inventory, based on number of sales in that month. When the number drops below six months it generally becomes a seller's market.

6.3 months of inventory was normal in this area during the strong sales years of 2002-2007 so the current seven months supply is a very strong number. A high of 40 months was reached last January.

Median prices are still dropping-over 10% in third quarter compared to the same period last year, with 15 closings-a high percentage of "bank-involved" sales pulling prices down. A perspective on prices over the past few years--the current median sales price--$209,000--equals first quarter 2005 when homes were selling for 99% of listed price.

The median price will only increase when buyers have an appetite for something other than foreclosures and short sales and when consumer confidence is restored. Unfortunately, locally there are still many foreclosures in the pipeline.

The zip codes of 98349 and 98351 (Longbranch, Lakebay and Home) have only an 8.9 month inventory of homes, based on the sales pace in September. This is looking positive for an area that experienced a 6.9 month supply of homes during the boom years of 2002-2005 but has been running double digits and a high of 49 months supply last November.

The median sales price is down for third quarter by 15.4% representing 10 sales. In this area the median price has been "reset" to prices established the first nine months of 2005 when homes were selling for 98.5% of listed price.  

This table shows Key Peninsula zip codes 98329/98394 and 98349/98351 for Gig Harbor home sales for September 2009 and 2008.                                             

Gig Harbor home sales

98329 & 98394

98349 & 98351

Number of active listings

▼29.5%

▼21.9%

Number of homes sold

▲50%

▲42.9%

Median sales price

▼ 10.7%

▼15.4%

  (3rd Qtr comparison)

$209,000

$176,000

Number months inventory

▼53%

▼50%

  (based on closed sales)

7.3 months

8.9 months

Readers must be careful not to read too much into a single month comparison but these figures are encouraging to local Realtors. The 17-month graphs below show the bigger picture in Gig Harbor home sales in these zip codes. With the median price hovering at and below $200,000, homes in these areas have been snapped up by first-time buyers as they receive the $8000 tax credit. This tax credit is expected to be extended. Month-to-month figures will continue to fluctuate as the market continues to stabilize. And expect inventory to climb as winter takes it toll on sales

   Gig Harbor Home Sales98349 and 98351

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Gig Harbor Home Sales98329 and 98394

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Throughout the entire Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula market area, sales for October are on track to close higher numbers than last year. Several price ranges are showing the first signs of strength in a year, namely in the low $500's and the mid $400's and $600's.

                                                                                                                                                     

Carole Holmaas is an Associate Broker at Windermere Real Estate, licensed since 1967. She may be reached at Carole@ISellGigHarbor.com or 253.549.6611. Her real estate blog may be read at http://blog.ISellGigHarbor.com

 

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Oct 19 2009

Gig Harbor Home Sales Stablize in September

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Gig Harbor Home Sales Stabilize in September A snapshot of Gig Harbor home sales for September shows a stabilization, or even increase, of median sales prices for Gig Harbor mailing addresses. The 98332 area produced a 4.5% median price increase over a year ago with 26 closings while the 98335 zip code equaled 2008 numbers. Even "no change" is a big deal after more than a year of double digit declines. One month is too soon to predict a trend but Gig Harbor home sales are encouraging to local Realtors. These statistics compare September 2008 with September 2009 for Gig Harbor home sales in zip codes 98332 and 98335. 98332                          98335 Number of active listings           no change                  ▼22.2% Number of homes sold             ▲62.5%                      ▼9.11% Median sales price                   ▲4.5%                        no change $401,000                    $375,000 Number months inventory         ▼37.9%                      ▼14% (based on closed sales)         10.8 months               11.1 months Readers must be careful not to read too much into a single month comparison. The 17-month graphs below show the bigger picture in Gig Harbor home sales. A few very expensive homes selling in a month of few sales skews the median price. Likewise the large number of homes snapped up by first-time buyers in the past six months affects it. Month-to-month figures will fluctuate as the market continues to stabilize. There still needs to be a narrowing of the spread between sales and listings for Gig Harbor home sales  to "normalize" at a six to seven month "absorption rate" and for significant upward price pressure. 98332 98335 Carole Holmaas is an Associate Broker at Windermere Real Estate, licensed since 1967. She may be reached at Carole@ISellGigHarbor.com or 253.549.6611. Her real estate blog may be read at http://blog.ISellGigHarbor.com

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Oct 19 2009

Gig Harbor Home Sales Stablize in September

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Gig Harbor Home Sales Stabilize in September

A snapshot of Gig Harbor home sales for September shows a stabilization, or even increase, of median sales prices for Gig Harbor mailing addresses. The 98332 area produced a 4.5% median price increase over a year ago with 26 closings while the 98335 zip code equaled 2008 numbers. Even "no change" is a big deal after more than a year of double digit declines. One month is too soon to predict a trend but Gig Harbor home sales are encouraging to local Realtors.

These statistics compare September 2008 with September 2009 for Gig Harbor home sales in zip codes 98332 and 98335.

                                                98332                          98335

Number of active listings           no change                  ▼22.2%

Number of homes sold             ▲62.5%                      ▼9.11%

Median sales price                   ▲4.5%                        no change

                                             $401,000                    $375,000

Number months inventory         ▼37.9%                      ▼14%

   (based on closed sales)         10.8 months               11.1 months

Readers must be careful not to read too much into a single month comparison. The 17-month graphs below show the bigger picture in Gig Harbor home sales. A few very expensive homes selling in a month of few sales skews the median price. Likewise the large number of homes snapped up by first-time buyers in the past six months affects it. Month-to-month figures will fluctuate as the market continues to stabilize.

There still needs to be a narrowing of the spread between sales and listings for Gig Harbor home sales  to "normalize" at a six to seven month "absorption rate" and for significant upward price pressure.

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Carole Holmaas is an Associate Broker at Windermere Real Estate, licensed since 1967. She may be reached at Carole@ISellGigHarbor.com or 253.549.6611. Her real estate blog may be read at http://blog.ISellGigHarbor.com

 

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