Seattle Real Estate Blog

Local real estate news in the Greater Seattle market: Home prices and trends in Seattle, on the Eastside, and across the Puget Sound region. Written by , Managing Broker with Coldwell Banker Danforth, 2016 President-Elect of Seattle King County REALTORS, and State Director for Washington REALTORS.

Dec. 24, 2016

Who Lists a Home for Sale on Christmas?

Homes for sale Christmas holiday real estateBefore heading out for Christmas weekend family gatherings, I thought it would be fun to see who's still working in real estate this weekend. Real estate agents are notorious for working almost every day of the year. They may take some vacations, but when they're in town, be it Christmas, Super Bowl Sunday, or Thanksgiving, somebody's holding an open house and somebody's putting a home on the market.

Homes listed in the Seattle area for sale today--Christmas weekend

My cohorts in real estate have not disappointed so far. There are five new listings on the Northwest MLS that have come on the market so far on Christmas Eve. Yes, technically listing a home after midnight on the 23rd is included in this list. I'd wager a healthy sum that they'll continue to trickle in today. What I'll be most interested in, is how many of these road warriors list, write contracts, and sell properties on Christmas day.

There's no judgement here--many would be appalled at working on Christmas day, but in our internationally diverse city, there are plenty of folks who have different priorities at this time of the year. Buyers sometimes nab great deals when they're willing to house hunt while others won't. I've personally secured some homes in competitive markets when writing offers on holiday weekends.

Some agents without big plans would just rather strike while the iron's hot. If a client needs you today, take time off next week while everyone else goes back to work. My business partner has worked on every holiday imaginable in the past. 

That's maybe why Inman News recently named the everyday real estate agents as its person of the year. Congrats to Monae, Rick, Paula, Marcel, Wais, and Carrie--your listings are live! Now go have some fun!

Without further ado, this year's homes listed on Christmas weekend, up until 10 am on Saturday morning:

  • A Federal Way house listed for $325,000
  • An Ocean Shores fixer upper listed for $74,900
  • A Port Townsend home in a planned community for $199,000
  • A Kirkland rambler rental listed for $3,400
  • A Lynnwood split-entry home at $529,000
  • A Craftsman home in Sultan listed for $188,000

See the Christmas listed homes as they accumulate here with today's new listings, directly from the Seattle-area's multilple listing service.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all!

- Sam

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Sam DeBord, Managing Broker, Seattle Homes Group
VP of Strategic Growth, Coldwell Banker Danforth
President-Elect, Seattle King County Realtors

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Dec. 21, 2016

Seattle Real Estate Market Weekly Update - December 21, 2016

Seattle real estate market statistics update weeklyHere is our quick weekly update for the Seattle real estate market. These stats cover the greater Seattle metro, but individual cities and neighborhoods may be significantly different.  Please contact us for a report on your local area if you're thinking of buying or selling.

Seattle Real Estate Market: 

Median Sales Price in Seattle: $560,000
Price Per Sqft in Seattle: $410, an increase of 14% over last year
Median Rent per Month in Seattle: $2,600

Nearby Cities: 
Bellevue Median Sales Price: $705,000, quarterly changed: 1%
Kirkland Median Sales Price: $551,800, quarterly changed: -1%
Renton Median Sales Price: $374,000, quarterly changed: -3%
Mercer Island Median Sales Price: $1,273,000, quarterly changed: 0%
Kent Median Sales Price: $331,500, quarterly changed: 0%
Shoreline Median Sales Price: $432,000, quarterly changed: -4%

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Dec. 14, 2016

Seattle Real Estate Market Weekly Update - December 14, 2016

Seattle real estate market statistics update weeklyHere is our quick weekly update for the Seattle real estate market. These stats cover the greater Seattle metro, but individual cities and neighborhoods may be significantly different.  Please contact us for a report on your local area if you're thinking of buying or selling.

Seattle Real Estate Market: 

Median Sales Price in Seattle: $559,950
Price Per Sqft in Seattle: $409, an increase of 13% over last year
Median Rent per Month in Seattle: $2,600

Nearby Cities: 
Bellevue Median Sales Price: $690,400, quarterly changed: -1%
Kirkland Median Sales Price: $561,000, quarterly changed: 1%
Renton Median Sales Price: $375,000, quarterly changed: -3%
Mercer Island Median Sales Price: $1,260,000, quarterly changed: -2%
Kent Median Sales Price: $334,950, quarterly changed: 2%
Shoreline Median Sales Price: $430,000, quarterly changed: -4%

Give us a call or send us an email if you'd like more detailed information on your neighborhood, what your home's value is today, or to receive automatic emails when new listings go live in your neighborhood.

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Dec. 7, 2016

Seattle Real Estate Market Weekly Update - December 07, 2016

Seattle real estate market statistics update weeklyHere is our quick weekly update for the Seattle real estate market. These stats cover the greater Seattle metro, but individual cities and neighborhoods may be significantly different.  Please contact us for a report on your local area if you're thinking of buying or selling.

Seattle Real Estate Market: 

Median Sales Price in Seattle: $557,000
Price Per Sqft in Seattle: $410, an increase of 14% over last year
Median Rent per Month in Seattle: $2,600

Nearby Cities: 
Bellevue Median Sales Price: $689,000, quarterly changed: -3%
Kirkland Median Sales Price: $563,500, quarterly changed: 2%
Renton Median Sales Price: $374,000, quarterly changed: -2%
Mercer Island Median Sales Price: $1,247,500, quarterly changed: 2%
Kent Median Sales Price: $338,000, quarterly changed: 4%
Shoreline Median Sales Price: $440,000, quarterly changed: -1%

Give us a call or send us an email if you'd like more detailed information on your neighborhood, what your home's value is today, or to receive automatic emails when new listings go live in your neighborhood.

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Dec. 2, 2016

The Inman Connect Experience

I travel to a lot of real estate conferences. Most of the time, they are events driven by some structural portion of my business: Washington Realtors, NAR midyear and annual, Coldwell Banker GenBlue, national committees, etc. I really enjoy these events, and get a lot of business value from them.

Travel spreads me thin. Between my five jobs and three kids, there’s not a lot of free time in my schedule. Agents in the Seattle area often ask me why I include two more annual trips to Inman conferences in San Francisco and New York, when I have no official responsibility or specific business outcome that I’m hoping to achieve each time I attend.

Inman Connect feels a bit like the Burning Man of real estate. Yes, there are plenty of suits, ballrooms, and speakers. But the vibe at Inman is one of independence and creativity. The lobby is the first sign that this conference is a bit different. Of course there’s plenty of lobbycon at every conference, but the number of technology startups and innovators in the lobby doing deals at Inman is unmatched. 

There’s a feeling at every Connect that something transformational is happening right under our noses. The outsiders are on the same footing as the stalwarts. Change isn’t just accepted, it’s a necessity for the event to thrive. Inman Connect’s success is dependent upon the electricity generated from the new challengers to the status quo who arrive every year.

Don’t get me wrong—I’m a big fan of much of traditional real estate. The broker-agent model hasn’t lasted this long and stayed this strong because it was illogically designed. There are tech minds who show up to disrupt the industry every year, many of whom simply don’t yet understand the massive inertia and daunting logistics of changing the real estate industry. 

We’re here to help point them in the right direction. Consulting with technology companies who are hoping to traverse the maze that leads to success in real estate is what we love to do at Connect. We embrace new ideas, new technology, and different ways of thinking about the future of real estate. 

The mix of traditional real estate leadership and disruptive technology newcomers at Connect ensures an exciting atmosphere of possibility, complemented by a heavy-handed reality check when necessary. It’s where I need to be if I’m going to know what’s coming next in my business.

Of course I’d be remiss if I didn’t speak personally about the caliber of people who thrive in this kind of environment. The friends and colleagues I’ve made through the Inman network are invaluable to me. No matter the topic, region, or organization I need assistance with, there’s someone I’ve met through Inman who can give me sage advice without the protectionism that’s sometimes felt in the industry.

Inman Connect isn’t trying to be everything to everyone. It leaves the future of real estate legislation and “trade” to other events. Connect is where the edges are pushed. Sometimes there’s a brick wall, and sometimes barriers are broken. Either way, there’s no shortage of excitement. That’s worth another trip.

- Sam

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Nov. 30, 2016

Seattle Real Estate Market Weekly Update - November 30, 2016

Seattle real estate market statistics update weeklyHere is our quick weekly update for the Seattle real estate market. These stats cover the greater Seattle metro, but individual cities and neighborhoods may be significantly different.  Please contact us for a report on your local area if you're thinking of buying or selling.

Seattle Real Estate Market: 

Median Sales Price in Seattle: $557,000
Price Per Sqft in Seattle: $410,  an increase of 14% over last year
Median Rent per Month in Seattle: $2,600

Nearby Cities: 
Bellevue Median Sales Price: $689,000, quarterly changed: -3%
Kirkland Median Sales Price: $563,500, quarterly changed: 2%
Renton Median Sales Price: $374,000, quarterly changed: -2%
Mercer Island Median Sales Price: $1,247,500, quarterly changed: 2%
Kent Median Sales Price: $338,000, quarterly changed: 4%
Shoreline Median Sales Price: $440,000, quarterly changed: -1%

Give us a call or send us an email if you'd like more detailed information on your neighborhood, what your home's value is today, or to receive automatic emails when new listings go live in your neighborhood.

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Nov. 23, 2016

Seattle Real Estate Market Weekly Update - November 23, 2016

Seattle real estate market statistics update weeklyHere is our quick weekly update for the Seattle real estate market. These stats cover the greater Seattle metro, but individual cities and neighborhoods may be significantly different.  Please contact us for a report on your local area if you're thinking of buying or selling.

Seattle Real Estate Market: 

Median Sales Price in Seattle: $550,000
Price Per Sqft in Seattle: $416,  an increase of 13% over last year
Median Rent per Month in Seattle: $2,600

Nearby Cities: 
Bellevue Median Sales Price: $697,000, quarterly changed: -3%
Kirkland Median Sales Price: $546,500, quarterly changed: -0%
Renton Median Sales Price: $375,000, quarterly changed: -2%
Mercer Island Median Sales Price: $1,204,000, quarterly changed: -1%
Kent Median Sales Price: $334,950, quarterly changed: 4%
Shoreline Median Sales Price: $437,722, quarterly changed: -2%

Give us a call or send us an email if you'd like more detailed information on your neighborhood, what your home's value is today, or to receive automatic emails when new listings go live in your neighborhood.

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Nov. 16, 2016

Seattle Real Estate Market Weekly Update - November 16, 2016

Seattle real estate market statistics update weeklyHere is our quick weekly update for the Seattle real estate market. These stats cover the greater Seattle metro, but individual cities and neighborhoods may be significantly different.  Please contact us for a report on your local area if you're thinking of buying or selling.

Seattle Real Estate Market: 

Median Sales Price in Seattle: $545,000
Price Per Sqft in Seattle: $413,  an increase of 13% over last year
Median Rent per Month in Seattle: $2,600

Nearby Cities: 
Bellevue Median Sales Price: $710,000, quarterly changed: -1%
Kirkland Median Sales Price: $543,075, quarterly changed: -3%
Renton Median Sales Price: $375,000, quarterly changed: -2%
Mercer Island Median Sales Price: $1,204,000, quarterly changed: -1%
Kent Median Sales Price: $334,950, quarterly changed: 4%
Shoreline Median Sales Price: $437,722, quarterly changed: -2%

Give us a call or send us an email if you'd like more detailed information on your neighborhood, what your home's value is today, or to receive automatic emails when new listings go live in your neighborhood.

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Nov. 9, 2016

Seattle Real Estate Market Weekly Update - November 09, 2016

Seattle real estate market statistics update weeklyHere is our quick weekly update for the Seattle real estate market. These stats cover the greater Seattle metro, but individual cities and neighborhoods may be significantly different.  Please contact us for a report on your local area if you're thinking of buying or selling.

Seattle Real Estate Market: 

Median Sales Price in Seattle: $543,000
Price Per Sqft in Seattle: $412,  an increase of 12% over last year
Median Rent per Month in Seattle: $2,645

Nearby Cities: 
Bellevue Median Sales Price: $699,500 , quarterly changed: -5%
Kirkland Median Sales Price: $540,000 , quarterly changed: -3%
Renton Median Sales Price: $375,000 , quarterly changed: -2%
Mercer Island Median Sales Price: $1,270,000 , quarterly changed: 1%
Kent Median Sales Price: $335,000 , quarterly changed: 4%
Shoreline Median Sales Price: $440,000 , quarterly changed: 0%

Give us a call or send us an email if you'd like more detailed information on your neighborhood, what your home's value is today, or to receive automatic emails when new listings go live in your neighborhood.

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Nov. 2, 2016

Seattle Real Estate Market Weekly Update - November 02, 2016

Seattle real estate market statistics update weeklyHere is our quick weekly update for the Seattle real estate market. These stats cover the greater Seattle metro, but individual cities and neighborhoods may be significantly different.  Please contact us for a report on your local area if you're thinking of buying or selling.

Seattle Real Estate Market: 

Median Sales Price in Seattle: $545,000
Price Per Sqft in Seattle: $411,  an increase of 12% over last year
Median Rent per Month in Seattle: $2,650

Nearby Cities: 
Bellevue Median Sales Price: $690,000 , quarterly changed: -5%
Kirkland Median Sales Price: $540,088 , quarterly changed: -2%
Renton Median Sales Price: $378,500 , quarterly changed: -1%
Mercer Island Median Sales Price: $1,216,500 , quarterly changed: -3%
Kent Median Sales Price: $334,975 , quarterly changed: 5%
Shoreline Median Sales Price: $436,444 , quarterly changed: -2%

Give us a call or send us an email if you'd like more detailed information on your neighborhood, what your home's value is today, or to receive automatic emails when new listings go live in your neighborhood.

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