Real Estate Market Updates & Insight May 30, 2024

Local Market Update – May 2024

Our local real estate market is exhibiting seasonal strength, with most areas seeing month-over-month and year-over-year sales gains. Despite continued interest rate increases, which can constrain both buyers and sellers, the number of closed transactions in King and Snohomish counties has risen for three straight months. This suggests that both sides of the table are figuring out how to adjust to the higher interest rate environment.

In King County, both home and condo prices soared again last month. The median residential sold price of a single-family home was $980,000, up 12% from April 2023. Despite the rise in interest rates and in light of low inventory, 70% of the country’s home sales closed at or above list price. King County condo prices also rose last month, with the median sold price up 15% from a year ago, to $580,000.

Seattle saw a drop in residential inventory last month, continuing to spur competition among homebuyers for the best listings. The median sold price of a single-family home within the city limits was $997,900 in April, up 13% year over year, and 68% of closed transactions sold at or above the list price. Seattle condo prices rose again, to a median of $599,000, even with 51% more units in play than a year ago.

Eastside single-family home prices rose to $1,677,500 last month, up 16% compared to a year ago. Nearly three-quarters of those sales closed at or above list price, likely driven by a 33% year-over-year drop in available supply, which stood at just 0.7 months of inventory by month’s end. Eastside condo prices rose 17% year over year, from $620,000 in April 2023 to $722,500 last month.

Last month, Snohomish County saw a high rate of closed residential transactions – 76% – that sold at or above asking price. With the number of active residential listings down 10% compared to last year, competition among homebuyers was quite strong. The median sold price of a Snohomish County single-family home rose to $799,500 in April, up 4% from a year prior. Conversely, Snohomish County median condo prices dropped by 4% year over year, to $525,000 last month.

In this market, buyers who find a home they love will need to be ready to compete and willing to stomach rising interest rates. There is some market optimism that the next four to six months will see higher levels of for-sale inventory that will have an impact on stabilizing price levels. In the meantime, prospective home and condo sellers will likely continue to encounter strong interest and offers from buyers, along with fast market times.

Whether you’re waiting on the sidelines for the perfect moment to jump into the market or have taken the plunge and are actively seeking to buy or sell, your Windermere broker will provide valuable insights to help you best navigate the spring and summer market ahead.


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