For those interested in the market trends here on North Whidbey (Oak Harbor WA), I took a look at the statistics for homes priced under $500K on North Whidbey and created this 3 minute video. These stats came out May 1 and refer back to April 2019.
- Mortgage rates went down the last 2 months and are under 4.25% on average.
- Average sales price for these homes has gone down by 5% since last April.
- There is still not a lot of inventory, and homes are taking 40 days to get under contract on average (a small step up from last month).
Here is an update on the Oak Harbor North Whidbey real estate market, based on statistics through the end of February 2019, and published by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.
In the video below I walk viewers through the statistics which show a couple of noteworthy market aspects here in Oak Harbor (North Whidbey). First, after a relatively flat previous few months, average sold prices have increased markedly over the past 2 months. Second, the amount of available inventory has jumped up over 3 months for the first time in a few years. This means we are currently in a “balanced” market after being in a “sellers” market for a long time. Along with that, interest rates have decreased over the past few weeks. This is a help to buyers as well.
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Compare this report to the November 2018 report.
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If you were trying to sell your home in the North Whidbey real estate market in late Summer of 2017, there was a difference between how “hot” the market was for homes in the $200-$300K range and those in the $300-$450K range. As the video below explains, homes in the lower price range ($200-$300K) were moving very quickly and sellers were receiving almost 100% of what they listed their homes for.
At the same time, homes in the higher price bracket ($300-$450K) had a noticeable slowdown, with the average for cumulative days on the market (the amount of days between when the home was listed and when a purchase and sale agreement was signed by all parties) doubled in August from around 30 all the way up to 66 days. Along with this slowdown in getting offers signed around, the average price agreed upon dipped from 98% to 96% of the original asking price. For a home originally listed at $400,000, that means on average it would have sold for $384,00 in August.
It is important to note that prices have not dropped in either price range, but there was a noticeable plateau of the prices for homes in the higher price bracket. The reduction in the percentage of the original asking price actually received by sellers in the higher price bracket (from 98% to 96%) reflects the optimism by sellers that prices would continue increasing at the rates they had in May, June, and July. They priced their homes accordingly, but buyers were hesitant to purchase at those prices, bringing in offers that were a lower percentage of the asking price.
Buyers continue to benefit from historically low interest rates, so it remains a good time to buy as well as a good time to sell in North Whidbey Real Estate.