Outdoor spaces are all the rage now. These outdoor kitchens, whether a BBQ and small fridge or a full on kitchen, show a shift toward more family and communal space than previously seen. Often paired with these kitchens are actual outdoor covered living spaces, sometimes complete with fireplaces and TVs. What a great way to spruce up your back yard and create great spaces to spend time with your family and friends!
Home sales are booming, but the local market is starving for inventory. Areas close to city centers are particularly hard hit. Homes are selling within days, often for well over asking price. It’s an incredible market for sellers. If you’re considering selling your home, this is an excellent opportunity to get a premium price for your property.
• The number of closed sales (agreements that have been signed but not yet closed) in King County increased 15 percent over last May.
• Home prices continued their march upward.
• May was the seventh consecutive month of record-low inventory.
High demand and low supply pushed the median price of a single family home on the Eastside up 6 percent over last year to $655,000. Sales were up, further depleting the already limited inventory. With just one month supply of homes available, the Eastside remains a very strong seller’s market.
Nowhere is inventory tighter than in Seattle. The city has just two weeks of available homes on the market —37 percent less inventory than last May. Sales soared, and with more buyers competing for fewer homes, prices soared as well. The median home price jumped 14 percent to $559,950.
For the third month is a row, King County had less than one month of available inventory. (A supply of three to six months is considered balanced.) There were 21 percent fewer homes for sale in May as compared to the same time last year. That scarcity helped push home prices up almost 9 percent over last May to $480,942.