Monday, April 12, 2021 / by Jordan Stupey
When you shop at a local Farmers Market, you're buying outstanding freshness, quality and flavor. Knowing exactly where your food comes from and how it was grown provides peace of mind for your family. Plus, you're supporting a sustainable regional food system that helps small family farms stay in business; protects land from over-development, and provides the community with fresh, healthy food. Find one near you on the list below!
Arlington Farmers Market
Legion Park: 114 N. Olympic Ave
May 8 — September 25
Bothell Park Ridge Community Market
Park Ridge Church: 3805 Maltby Road, Bothell
June 2—September 29
Edmonds Garden Market
Historical Museum: 5th & Bell Street
May 1—June 12
Edmonds Summer Market
Downtown: 5th St from the fountain
June 19—October 9
Everett Farmers Market
2930 Wetmore Ave
Monday, April 5, 2021 / by Jordan Stupey
Over the last 6 years, the median price for a single-family home in King County has grown by 65%, and in Snohomish County 69%. Above are examples of actual homes sold in late 2015 to early 2016 that also sold in early 2021. Note, they were not remodeled or significantly improved in between sales. These examples show the growth in home values that we have experienced over the last three years due to our thriving local economy. I pulled these examples to show you actual pound-for-pound market data versus the statistical percentages I often quote in these market updates. I thought these examples were pretty telling and quite exciting.
This phenomenon has been driven by interest rates being under 5% for the last five years and under 4% for the last 2 years. In addition to low debt service, the tech-influenced job market has kept the local economy humming. Couple all of this with the convergence of Millennials breaking into. ...
Monday, March 15, 2021 / by Jordan Stupey
Homeowners across our region are enjoying incredibly healthy equity levels due to an upswing in the real estate market over the last five years. In fact, the median price in King County is up 50% over the last five years and up 55% in Snohomish County. Over the last 10 years, the median price is up 96% in King County and 106% in Snohomish. This growth in equity has given homeowners the exciting option to sell their home for a high price and move on to their next chapter, such as a move-up, down-size, or second home. This price growth is great news and provides many opportunities; however, we have also faced some challenges in how to make these transitions due to tight inventory.
The biggest challenge for buyers, which is conversely a benefit for sellers in the marketplace right now, is limited inventory levels. Buyers who need to sell their homes first in order to buy want to benefit from the upward pressure on prices for their home sale but are fearful of finding their next h; ...
Thursday, February 18, 2021 / by Jordan Stupey
The 2021 real estate market is off to a very brisk start. Historically low interest rates are driving buyer demand. This is coupled with a needed "catch-up" in available homes for sale. In 2020, we saw a stall in new listings during our normally plentiful spring market due to the pandemic. From April to June of 2020, new listings were only a portion of what would have been typical for that time of year. Where it became tricky was in May of 2020 when buyer activity rebounded, and we started to record higher levels of pending sales in 2020 over 2019. This led to the inventory deficit that we currently find ourselves in.
The stats above for King and Snohomish counties highlight the January statistics. In both markets, prices are up year-over-year and well above average appreciation levels. This is due to the phenomenon described above which is a classic case of supply and demand. This has led to months of inventory remaining tight, with mere weeks’ worth of available ho. ...
Thursday, January 28, 2021 / by Jordan Stupey
Last week I had the pleasure of attending Matthew Gardner's 2021 Economic Forecast. Matthew is Windermere's Chief Economist and coveted expert in our region often called upon by the local and national media for his insights on the economy and housing. Windermere has relied upon his forecasts and advice for over 15 years, and we were lucky to appoint him Chief Economist in 2015. He has been a huge asset to Windermere brokers who utilize his knowledge to help educate their clients in order for them to be empowered to make strong decisions.
Here are Matthew's Top 10 Things to Look for in 2021:
#1 THE ECONOMY. Matthew expects the economy to continue to recover from the impact caused by the pandemic. He notes that we have already started to see jobs return, but with the vaccine starting to be administered he predicts additional gains in jobs over the second half of the year as businesses start to re-open at full capacity. In addition to jobs, he shared . ...