Archive for May, 2010

May 26 2010

Gig Harbor home prices show modest sustainability

Gig Harbor home prices show modest sustainability

Gig Harbor home prices are continuing to sustain modest increases a third of the way into 2010, although down from March’s high of $432,000. It was evident that the March figure was an anomaly and could not be sustained; it reached back to prices the first half of 2007.

Gig Harbor home prices are up 7.2% to $385,000 over April 2009. April is the eighth of the last 10 months to show improvement year over year. Gig Harbor includes both the Gig Harbor peninsula and Fox Island.


Current 1 month     1 year     2 years  
Apr 10 Mar 10 % change   Apr 09 % change   Apr 08 % change



-11% ▼



7.2% ▲



-7.2% ▼

Prices are shown in $000’s

A wide spectrum of prices sold in April—over half below $400,000 but 27% of the sales were over $500,000, including two over $1million. I expect we will start to see higher Gig Harbor home prices as a more “normal” market takes over from the first-time buyer market dominating the last few months.

However I expect the number of sales to drop off some now that the first-time buyer incentive has expired. Sales of Gig Harbor homes have been better than 2009 for five of the last six monthsApril sales were up 34% over 2009 and 2008. Much of that activity was driven by first-time buyers as well as favorable interest rates.

With the global economy in distress, interest rates are now predicted to stay low for the remainder of this year. Unfortunately the substantial volume of foreclosures will continue to keep Gig Harbor home prices down—a trend likely to persist into 2011 or beyond.

Inventory continues to drop—last month down 4% from a year ago and 17% from two years.

The chart shown for Gig Harbor home prices includes both single family and condos.

 Gig Harbor Home Prices

Carole Holmaas is an Associate Broker at Windermere Real Estate and licensed since 1967. She may be reached at 253.549.6611 or Her posts on real estate conditions may be read at

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