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Jan 30 2017

Gig Harbor home prices rise nearly 24%. But the devil is in the details!

Gig Harbor home prices rise nearly 24%. But the devil is in the details! The median sales price for Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula combined is up nearly 24% year-over-year for 4th quarter. $393,000 tops the $353,000 from a year ago. I used the full quarter of statistics to equalize any single month’s velocity. And I used the end of the year to most represent the current market.  But details for each area vary widely.

New construction dominates close-in Gig Harbor home prices, including the booming area surrounding Costco as well as Rosedale. Fox Island and Wollochet statistics are heavily weighted from waterfront sales.  And a drop in distressed sales had a major impact for some of Key Peninsula home prices.

Gig Harbor–New home sales captured 41% of all sales, pushing the Gig Harbor home prices in this area up nearly 20% to $464,000. Waterfront sales were down by half, dropping median prices to $400,000 from $836,000 in that category.

Gig Harbor North–1 of every 8 sales was a new home, predominantly in Crescent Lake Estates. That market jumped $561-730,000. Gig Harbor home prices in this area showed an uptick $500-535,000 for 7%. While waterfront prices jumped 35%, less than half the number sold.

Fox Island–Prices jumped 45% $419-609,000 overall, with waterfront prices up 30.9% –$943-1,234,000. There are many view homes on the island, which helped push up the sales price. However, a smaller percentage of the sales was waterfront than a year ago. The few new homes on the island also added to the increase.

Gig Harbor home prices

Median Home Prices 4th Q 2016 change from 2015

Arletta/Horsehead–21% of all sales were new homes with the median here for Gig Harbor home prices down slightly. 50% more waterfront homes sold this year, but those sales were down in price $935-835,000. There were more waterfront sales, albeit less pricey.

Wollochet/Narrows– 35% more waterfront homes sold, boosting Gig Harbor home prices here $422-800,000, pulling up the entire market $339-465,000 for a healthy 37.2% increase overall.

Rosedale/Kopachuck–The median price dropped here, $527-495,000. 1/3 fewer waterfront homes sold and those prices were down 30% to $583,000. Overall there were just fewer sales.

Wauna/Minter–Wauna and Minter experienced a huge boom in prices –$222-398,000. Double the waterfront sales and 1/3 fewer distressed sales made all the difference for this area with a 79% increase in median price.

North Key Peninsula–Here a reasonable increase $229-244,000. A 20% drop in distressed sales was a boost.

South Key Peninsula–Here a nice comeback $190-231,000 the past year. A few less waterfronts sold but distressed sales dropped 35%, making a major difference in the median price.

Regionally, prices year-over-year 4th quarter rose 12.9% for Pierce County, 4.3% South Kitsap, and 13.8% for King County.

 

 

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Jan 29 2017

Gig Harbor, Fox Island, Key Peninsula all experience highest recorded sales prices

Gig Harbor, Fox Island, Key Peninsula all experience highest recorded sales prices. Gig Harbor home sales volume is still expanding; prices are still on the upswing and inventory is still down—in Seattle and throughout the Puget Sound. Here’s the evidence.

  • October was the best month for sales volume ever recorded
  • Days on market are 20 in King County & 32 in Pierce
  • Seattle has replaced Portland as the fastest growing market
  • King Co prices are up 14.5%, Pierce Co 10% year-over-year
  • Seattle is the 9th most expensive rental market in the nation

So, how’s “our neck of the woods” doing?

Gig Harbor home sales & Fox Island home sales

  • MSP (median sales price) increase of 9.6% from a year ago
  • Last 2 months of $492,000 MSP, besting 2006 peak of $482,000
  • Each of 7 months of this year the MSP topping 2006
  • September is 2nd highest recorded MSP; October is 7th best
  • New listings are up 23% for the past 3 months over 2015
  • Closed sales have climbed 17% during that time
  • Pending sales show modest increase of 6%
  • Cumulative days on market have dropped from 92 to 72

Key Peninsula home sales

The KEY has rebounded! That’s the good news for the peninsula that has struggled even as its eastern neighbor began to rebound a couple years ago.

  • January to May the MSP was lower than same months of peak 2005-07
  • Since June monthly prices have outpaced every previous year
  • MSP is up 18% from $220,000 to $260,000 quarterly since 2015
  • Closed volume is up nearly 10% for the quarter
  • New listings are up over 28% for the quarter

 

 

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Feb 10 2016

Gig Harbor home prices catch up to “boom” years

Gig Harbor home prices catch up to “boom” years. Gig Harbor resale home prices have climbed back to 2006’s boom year $420,000…and just 6.6% off that year’s summer bubble.

So that is the resale market for Gig Harbor home prices. New construction is another matter. Off 35% from its 2007 high, the forces at work may not allow local prices to catch up for several reasons.  National and regional builders, rather than local small builders of 10 years ago, are building smaller on smaller lots (thank you Growth Management), with less detailing for the main part. Many of current lots, other than Harbor Hill, were picked up at rock bottom prices from banks who acquired them in the recession. Lot prices will increase as new inventory comes online…but the pipeline is slim and then in-fill lots will be the future. I believe Gig Harbor North will be built-out by 2017, considerably ahead of original plans.

 

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Highlights for Gig Harbor home prices

  • It’s a seller’s market up to $750,000, with just a 3.8 month supply, even in the $500-750,000 category. Last year that range was working through a 13.4 month supply
  • It is averaging just 3 months market time in the $500-750,000 range, less below $500,000
  • 39% of the 228 listings, and 1 of 4 sales last month were new homes
  • Inventory is down 30% and contracts written are running about 20% higher than a year ago
  • Highlights for Key Peninsula home sales
  • Resale home prices are running $244,000 for last 3 quarters—same as 2007-2008 “best years”
  • Distressed sales still hover at 15%, but down from 35% 2 years ago
  • New construction has not returned in any measurable way

Here are my observations…and predictions for Gig Harbor home prices

Interest rates finally started their climb which will bring buyers to the buying table sooner than later, even though these are historically some of the lowest. I expect rates to remain under 5% for the year.

Lending requirements are beginning to loosen a bit which will particularly help first-time buyers.

Wages are still a drag on the economy. That will either slow the creep for Gig Harbor home prices or continue to magnify the difference of who can buy and who can’t.

Inventory will remain low for two reasons. Sellers are waiting to cash in more of their equity with higher Gig Harbor home prices. But more likely those same sellers can’t find a home to move into. There is a very large “supply” of sellers with “pent-up” selling desires.

Waterfront home sales are “behind” 150 or more that should have sold historically during the period of the recession. The 120+ sales in each of the last three years hasn’t caught up to the recession years with only 4-5 dozen home sales.

Year of the new house, with most buyers settling for less privacy, yard and trees. But new.

 

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Dec 05 2015

Gig Harbor home prices look healthy going into 2016

Gig Harbor home prices look healthy going into 2016, as we approach the end of the year.

A good gauge for Gig Harbor home prices (including Fox Island) is the quarterly figure of $434,000 — up a substantial 14.8% from a year ago, positioning Gig Harbor home prices very close to the peak years of 2006-07. The single quarter high was summer 2006.

New construction continues to produce one in four sales for Gig Harbor, while it creates one in three listings – typical for an area desirable to live and not yet built-out.

Key Peninsula’s improvement is more difficult to quantify. While Gig Harbor homes have gained value consistently all year, the Key has ranged from value increases as low as 2% to as high as 35%. Likely explanations include 1) the number of waterfront homes trading in a single month 2) a smaller number of sales in any single month 3) more distressed sales than Gig Harbor and 4) lack of new construction.

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Top Quartile of Sales Makes Comeback

The top quartile of sales…that is the top 25% of sales by price…is making a noticeable comeback. That quartile encompasses sales starting at $580,000 currently and everything above—a strong increase from the $500,000 a year ago.

And while sales over $1m will always be a relatively small number, the 36 sales this year to date are nearly double 2014 and represent the highest number since 2007. The $1m+ category for Gig Harbor home prices has languished at less than half that number for the past six years. In 2014 this category included only view or waterfront homes. 2015 sales include a horse farm, Canterwood homes, and waterfront land as well. Market days have dropped from 127 to 102. All of these sales occurred in the Gig Harbor/Fox Island area.

The stage should be set for a continuing robust market for the top quartile in 2016.

 

 

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Sep 18 2015

Gig Harbor August home prices up 13.8% over 2014–8% off 2006 quarterly peak

Gig Harbor August home prices up 13.8% over 2014–8% off 2006 quarterly peak. Both Gig Harbor and Key Peninsula markets are looking very healthy, as we approach the 4th quarter.

The year started a bit slow with the prices trending $75,000 lower in Gig Harbor.  But August’s median sales price of $470,000 is the single highest month since May 2007—and is reminiscent of roaring 2006. A better gauge though, in my opinion, is the quarterly figure of $442,000 which is up a solid 8.6% from a year ago and positions Gig Harbor to prices just 8% off that peak.

Key Peninsula’s improvement is more difficult to gauge. While Gig Harbor has been gaining consistently all year, the Key has fluctuated as much as 2-35% in a single month. This can be explained by many waterfront homes trade heavily in the spring and summer months, which can bounce prices around. The Key is still feeling the effect of more distressed sales than Gig Harbor (20% compared to 6%) as well as not receiving the number of new home sales. But overall the Key is looking healthy, with only a 3.9 month supply of homes for sale.

Noteworthy…

  • Gig Harbor MSP August–↑13.8%
  • Key Peninsula MSP August↑33%
  • Pierce Co MSP August ↑6% — $250k
  • King Co MSP August ↑13.2% — $451k
  • Kitsap Co MSP August ↑8% –-$260k
  • Inventory is building very slowly but new listings are barely staying ahead of pending sales
  • New home sales continue increase—20% of sales in Gig Harbor–26% of listings
  • Gig Harbor’s volume was third highest recorded, on the heels of 4 months of record setting numbers

 

 

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Jan 26 2015

Gig Harbor waterfront posts healthy price uptick

 Gig Harbor waterfront posts healthy price uptick

Gig Harbor waterfront 2014’s sales nearly equaled 2013’s record-breaking year. But the real news is the 18% increase in median sales price for Gig Harbor waterfront. Half of all sales were more than $600,000 and half less. Gig Harbor waterfront sales prices peaked at $900,000 in 2007–now at 2005 levels.

 

But the sales pattern for Gig Harbor waterfront was atypical—the market slowing precipitously 4th quarter 2013, continuing through the entire 1st half of 2014. By July Gig Harbor waterfront sales were markedly down–both price & number.

 

Not surprisingly, all 23 $1m plus sales occurred in Gig Harbor & Fox Island. But what was noticeable was the buying intensity 4th quarter in the upper end. Only 6 Gig Harbor waterfront  offers were accepted in the entire 1st half, 7 in the 3rd quarter & 9 in the 4th, mirroring consumer confidence. 10 of those 23 sales closed in November & December alone. $655,000 was the high sales price for Key Peninsula.

 

What a difference a year made in the over $1m tier for Gig Harbor waterfront. 2013’s record sales volume produced the smallest percentage (10%) of sales over $1m & the lowest median sales price ($490,000) since 2004. But 2014’s nearly equal numbers showed a healthy uptick of 17% high-end sales with 18% increase ($600,000) in median sales price.

 

Median Sales Price 2006-2014
Year Sales Price % Change # $1.5m+ # $1m+ # All Sales %  $1m+
‘06 850,000 13 10 66 35%
‘07 900,000 ↑6 6 17 64 36%
‘08 800,000 ↓11 3 11 40 35%
‘09 682,500 ↓15 3 6 52 17%
‘10 662,000 ↓3 2 15 67 25%
‘11 525,000 ↓20 2 7 70 13%
‘12 565,000 ↑8 4 10 101 14%
‘13 490,000 ↓13 5 9 135 10%
’14 600,000 ↑18 6 17 132 17%

 

 

The current slim inventory of Gig Harbor waterfront—coupled with historically low interest rates & easier financing should keep prices rising in 2015.  Median list price of the 38 homes in Gig Harbor/Fox Island is a shy $1m & in Key Peninsula $435,000 for the 18 homes listed. On the other hand, if an abundance of “pent-up sellers” list, it could hold down prices. I calculate a minimum of 250 Gig Harbor waterfront owners are ready to move—if market conditions (prices) permit.

 

Gig Harbor waterfront homes $1m plus sold on average for 150% of assessed value in 2014. Average frontage was 102 feet, considerably down from 170 feet the year before. Only 5 had more than 125 feet. 50% had docks or dock permits & 85% were low to medium-low…nothing unusual here. Homes $750,000-1,000,000 sold on average for 120% of assessed value.

 

Distressed Gig Harbor waterfront  home sales are becoming nearly a non-issue—just 2% of the sales last year were short-sales and 5% were bank-owned, down 9% & 13% 3 years ago.


 

Carole is a Broker at Windermere/Gig Harbor, specializing in Gig Harbor waterfront and view properties. She may be reached at 253.549.6611 or Carole@ISellGigHarbor.com

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Dec 21 2014

Gig Harbor home sales continue nicely in “recovery mode”

Gig Harbor home sales continue nicely in “recovery mode”

In a nutshell—Gig Harbor home sales prices are up, inventory & sales volume are flat, upper tier is appreciating, & new construction is impacting buyers. Here’s my take for the September-November quarter for Gig Harbor & Fox Island, compared to a year ago…

Sales prices ↑ 6.2%

A 6.2% increase in Gig Harbor home sales brings the median sales price (the mid-way point in sales prices) to $378,000 for the quarter. The single month of November was $432,000 — 31% over October and 44% from last November. Prices for Gig Harbor home sales have been gradually strengthening all year after a low of $303,000 in January. This increase should allow more sellers to list – gaining some of the equity lost during the housing bust – and adding to the inventory the market badly needs.

Prices are down 20% from the 2006 third-quarter peak — at summer 2005 prices. Important to note, at the peak, new homes made up a substantial number of sales at $600-750,000, elevating over-all prices. The 6.2% uptick is realistic appreciation I believe, after a stagnant 3 ½ years, ending with second quarter 2014.

Resale non-distressed homes appreciating

These are sales of existing homes – not short sales or bank-owned. Sales prices have steadily been gaining since March, except for October – at $384,000 — down 14% from the 2006 third-quarter peak. The single month of November was $448,000 –the highest single month’s sales price since August 2006 ($475,000) when prices for Gig Harbor home sales turned the corner. However, too much cannot be read into this single month.  22% –11 of the sales were waterfront homes over the median sales price – never before seen in November.

Sales Volume ↑ 1.4%

 

Pendings ↑15.9%

Contracts written but not yet closed are up with renewed consumer confidence, threat of future higher interest rates and easing of loan requirements.

Inventory “flat”

Inventory is still low, which can lead to multiple offers and homes selling above their list prices. Routine in the Seattle area but it happens here too. Local brokers point to the quality of some homes plus unrealistic pricing in Gig Harbor. They say buyers often will not even look at a house they perceive to be over-market but wait for a price reduction before even viewing it.

New home inventory 26% of the market

With a quarter of all inventory new homes the market is decidedly different for buyers than a year ago when it made up only 16%. With fewer resale homes – and more new homes –some buyers are having to change search parameters – especially when it comes to lot size. The Growth Management Act regulates density where utilities can service it, forcing smaller lots. Half of new homes currently are on smaller square footage than the traditional 12,500 – 35% are on 5000 or less –and half of those on less than 2300. This can provide more buyer interest for resale homes on larger sites.

Short-sales ↓50% – REO’s flat

The distressed market continues to retreat — just 10% of Gig Harbor home sales. It was 13% last year.

Waterfront sales on par with 2013

Sales volume on the two peninsulas looks to nearly equal the 135 sales last year. But the real story here is increasing prices – we could see a median sales price uptick of $100,000 when all the dust settles—bringing it to the $600,000 range.  And even bigger news is the $1m plus tier for Gig Harbor home sales . 2014 will end with the same number of sales over $1m as in 2006 and 2007—21. Over 90% of the $1m sales came in the last half of the year – again low interest, good values, and increased consumer confidence. (See Resale Non-Distressed Sales above)

 

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Dec 17 2014

2015 will be a strong year for Gig Harbor home sales

2015 will be a strong year for Gig Harbor home sales

I’m going out on a limb and predict 2015–even this winter–Gig Harbor home sales will be even more active than 2014. Here is why:

  • The volume of pending sales throughout the Puget Sound—including Gig Harbor & Key Peninsula– is at a 9-year high. That is a turn-around from the slow earlier 4th quarter and 1st quarter.
  • Interest rates are going to bump up, as much as 1% next year, according to Freddie Mac, encouraging buyers to make decisions sooner. A one point rate increase relates to 10% less purchasing power for the same payment. Credit is getting easier, with lower FICO scores being accepted and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are planning to offer 3% down loans.
  • Owners are regaining some equity lost over the past 8 years and many have been waiting to market their home until prices improved. Many of those are looking for a lifestyle change. I estimate there is a “pent-up demand” by more than 200 waterfront owners alone who would like to make a move. I believe more of those owners will put their homes on the market next year, based on recent figures showing a volume increase of 25% between $750-1M and 50% over $1M in the past 3 months.
  • Houses are sitting an average of only 75 days on the market, down from 108. Gig Harbor has just a 4.4 month supply of homes on the market, Pierce & Kitsap counties 3.3 months & King County less than 2 months. This puts pressure on Gig Harbor home sales.
  • The median sales price for Gig Harbor home sales increased around 4% for the past 3 months — for Gig Harbor at $379,000 but is still swinging widely in Key Peninsula from $165,000 to $245,000. The higher tier has shown more improvement—$750,000-1M is up 5.8% and even $1M+ is up .2%.

Here’s my advice for today’s sellers. Technology has put the buyer in the driver’s seat, in determining what a house should sell for—so sellers cannot add “fluff” to the listing price, hoping to find a buyer who isn’t knowledgeable about the market. Buyers are knowledgeable.

And for buyers—keep in mind that one point in interest rate increase will buy you 10% less house, at the same time that prices are going up.

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Sep 01 2014

Gig Harbor home sales in “recovery mode”

Gig Harbor home sales in “recovery mode” 

In a nutshell—prices are up, inventory is under par, sales volume is down and the upper tier is appreciating. Now the details for Gig Harbor home sales year-over-year for the quarter…

Gig Harbor home sales down 16.5%

July itself is not usually a high sale volume month for Gig Harbor home sales (or any other area) with vacations. Only 2004 and 2013 were better in last 12 years, so in perspective, this is not bad.

The middle one-third of Gig Harbor home sales ($325-500,000) has predictably shown the least downturn in sales volume and the top one-third ($500,000 plus) has shown the least downgrade on number of contracts written (pending). Contracts written but not closed indicate current activity, thereby important because they show “move-up” activity as well as increased market strength and pricing for the higher tier.

Gig Harbor home sales “pending” down 14%

Pending sales for the quarter are down but shot up 14% from June, which is the experience local brokers have seen. Most central Puget Sound counties had the same experience.

Prices for Gig Harbor home sales up 7.2%

The median price is appreciating–$387,000 for the quarter and $410,000 for July. July is also up 3.8% over June and up 25% year-over-year for the month. It has been gradually strength this year, after starting very low at $303,000 in January. This increase in prices for Gig Harbor home sales will encourage more sellers to list, adding the inventory the area badly needs.

We are down 18% from our 2006 third-quarter peak–or at summer 2005 prices. But at that time new homes made up as much as 40% of the sales, priced at $600,000 plus. The King/Pierce/Snohomish market as a whole is down 12.6% from the peak—the lower figure representing ever-strong metro King County.

Price increases are not exorbitant–just realistic appreciation. Brokers area-wide are saying sellers who overprice their homes face disappointing consequences.

Resale non-distressed appreciating

Sales prices have steadily been gaining since the first of the year–now at first-quarter 2006 prices $395,000.  August 2006 the peak–we are down 18% from the peak.

Inventory up 3%

Inventory is still low, which leads to multiple offers and homes selling above their list prices. Brokers throughout the Puget Sound point to the quality of some homes plus unrealistic pricing hindering sales. They say buyers often will not even look at a house they perceive to be over-market but just wait for a price reduction before viewing it.

New homes sales 10%

New construction has taken over 10% of all Gig Harbor home sales, down from 15% a year ago. But it represents 19% of all active listings,

Distressed sales 12%

This distressed market represents just 12% of Gig Harbor home sales—slightly less than the 14% in 2013. The single month of July was even better at just 6.5%.

Waterfront sales down

Sales volume is down significantly following the last 2 “makeup years”. Sales over $1m are running at just half-speed from those 2 years.

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Sep 01 2014

Gig Harbor waterfront prices up 10%

Gig Harbor waterfront prices up 10%

Gig Harbor waterfront prices up 10%, January to mid-May, over the 2013 year. The entire price bump is coming from Gig Harbor and Fox Island—up 14% while Key Peninsula is experiencing a 7% decrease. Here are the highlights…

Sales volume for Gig harbor waterfront

  • On track for 100 sales by year-end—fairly typical
  • Slower thus far than 2013’s all-time high of 135
  • Sweet spot is $500-600,000, 4 closed/2 active listings
  • Also $400-500,000, 8 closed/14 listings
  • Also $900,000, 4 closed/8 listings

Median sales prices y-t-d for Gig Harbor waterfront

  • Prices ↑ 10% on both peninsulas over 2013 year–$550,000
  • Prices still ↓ 38% from 2007 peak
  • $1m+ represents 30% of listings—but just 11% of sales
  • $1m+ average 2 years on market before sale
  • Under $1m—average under 6 months on the market
  • Gig Harbor/Fox Island ↑ 14% over 2013–$713,000
  • Gig Harbor highest sale $2,960,000 after 6 ½ years
  • Key Peninsula ↓ 7%–$ 395,000
  • Key Peninsula highest sale $600,000 this year

Proposed Gig Harbor waterfront changes muddy the waters

The proposed all-new Shoreline Master Plan for Gig Harbor waterfront, mandated by the State, is proceeding cautiously—with local  hearings postponed by the Pierce County Council. The Council has chosen to push back against the State Department of Ecology on issues including buffers and aquaculture, but with the threat the State will impose more onerous regulations on shoreline properties if the Council can’t agree. The current 50 foot “setback” is proposed to change to a 75-150 foot “vegetative buffer.” And structural expansion into the “buffer” would be limited to 25% of the existing footprint, in most cases.

Every Gig Harbor waterfront owner should pay close attention to the current process and seek professional assistance, “sooner than later” if there is any thought of expanding, building or selling in the future.

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