Newsletters May 11, 2020

First Quarter Stats & COVID-19’s Impact


First Quarter Stats for 2020

While many are curious about our first quarter stats for Bainbridge Island’s housing market, the data is almost meaningless due to COVID-19. It did not really impact the market during the first quarter. The data you see here regarding housing activity will be quite different by the time we report on the second quarter in July. Additionally, the high-end market has remained very active. Our lack of inventory still creates many multiple offer situations in homes under $1M.

From this first-quarter review, you can see that the median sale price has gone up 4.3% year-over-year and the number of transactions went up 31% year-over-year. However, as I stated, a look at the first quarter means very little because our situation has changed drastically since then.

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Graphs were created by Windermere using NWMLS and Trendgraphix data for area 170 but the information was not verified or published by NWMLS or Trendgraphix. Market Share Data reflects all types of properties sold calculated on May 6, 2020. Companies not shown represented less than 2% of buyers and sellers.

How COVID-19 Will Impact Buyer Behavior

The national and state housing markets were in good shape before the virus hit. We anticipate that they will be in good shape again, once we come out on the other side of this. When the economy opens back up, we foresee a rapid climb in the housing market volume. This will put upward pressure on prices again.

Windermere’s Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner, has been sharing insights on a weekly basis. Here, he discusses the long-term effects of COVID-19 on our market and on buyer behavior.



It’s a Seller’s Market

market speedometer

The speedometer reflects the state of the region’s real estate market using housing inventory, price gains, home sales, interest rates, and larger economic factors.

Curious about what’s on the market? Here’s a look at my current listings. If you have any questions or if I can help in any way, feel free to contact me.