Posts tagged Seattle
Seattle's 18-Month Ride is Still Far from Over

Now halfway into its second year, Seattle’s nationwide lead on the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Index is once again widening on a monthly basis. Gains that seemed to be slipping away last summer have rebounded, with February’s monthly increase exceeding that of January by 1.74 percent to 0.72 percent, for a 12-month average gain of one percent per month.

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First Quarter 2018 Resale Volumes of Downtown Seattle Condominiums Shrinks While Median Home Prices Skyrocket to $700,000; Brokers Cite a Mounting Affordability Crisis

Downtown Seattle witnessed fewer condominium resales during the first quarter of 2018 compared with that of the first quarter of 2017, largely because there were fewer homes to choose from. And the lack of available supply is raising further concerns about an affordability crisis. Currently, there are only 44 resale homes available for sale in an urban center of more than 80,000 residents but there are more priced above $1 million than there are at lower price points. Meanwhile, median home prices in Seattle are rising at 19-percent per year, according to analysis of first quarter 2018 data compared to the prior year.

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Home Prices Locally & Nationwide Rise While Inventory Falls; Seattle Leads for 17 Months

As of January 2018, single-family home prices in the Puget Sound region were 12.86 percent higher than 12 months before, and prices were 0.73 percent ahead of those in December. On a monthly basis, home prices in San Diego grew slightly faster, at 0.76 percent. Yet year over year, Seattle’s nearest West Coast competitor was San Francisco, where home prices are up by 10.2 percent since January 2017. Further inland, Las Vegas home sellers saw prices 11.1 percent higher than this time last year.

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The respite is over; Seattle home prices regain their blistering pace upward

While Seattle’s lead over other Pacific Coast gateway cities slipped slightly in September and October 2017, by December, the city had recovered its monthly lead over home prices in San Francisco and San Diego. The Puget Sound region ends the year with a record 16th consecutive month leading the nation on the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Index.

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KODA Reservation Event Draws Media Attention

Following the announcement that 95-percent of the 203-units at KODA Condominiums had been reserved during the project’s debut February 24th and 25th, local media reported on current market conditions and the frenzy that new projects are drawing in an inventory-strained market.

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Da Li Development USA & Realogics Sotheby's International Realty Report KODA Condominium Reservation Event Drew Deposits on 95-Percent of 203 Units

Da Li Development USA, a Taiwan–based real estate development company and Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) report first position unit reservations and deposits were received on 95-percent of the 203 homes at KODA Condominiums – a new 17-story condominium that will be built at 450 South Main Street. The project debuted on Saturday, February 24th at 11am at RSIR’s New Developments Preview Center located at 2715 1st Avenue in downtown Seattle.

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Tomio Moriguchi & PSBJ Talk About the Historic 420 S. Main St. Property

As a recent Puget Sound Business Journal feature outlines, though Kevin Hsieh of Da Li Development USA is new to Seattle, he “has already done a deal with well-known Chinatown/International District player Tomio Moriguchi.” That deal was the 2016 sale of the property at 420 S. Main St., the future site of the highly anticipated KODA Condominiums.

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As Featured in GeekWire: KODA Condominiums beacons an urban renaissance in Seattle's historic International District

At 11am on Saturday, February 24, the doors will open at the New Developments Preview Center at 2715 1st Avenue for the release of 200+ new homes at KODA – an inspired, high-rise condominium set to break ground at 5th Avenue and South Main Street this summer with occupancy by mid-2020. It’s not only the first new construction, for-sale opportunity in the International District in recent memory – it’s among the only new condominiums available anywhere at a time of meteoric demand but anemic supply.

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Seattle's New Era of Condos

As a recent Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty feature entitled “Seattle’s New Era of Condos” proclaims, the Emerald City is definitively in the midst of a condo comeback; the population is growing, residents are fueling additional in-city attractions, and millennials are transitioning from renting to homeownership. Today, thousands are reading the latest Seattle trends, as the special feature, which was originally included in Portrait of Seattle Magazine, was hand delivered to 1,500 broker mailboxes throughout the Seattle area, and was included in select copies of Puget Sound Business JournalWall Street JournalMadison Park TimesCapitol Hill TimesQueen Anne & Magnolia Times, Magnolia News, City Living Seattle, The Monroe Monitor, Valley News, Eatonville Dispatch and Marketplace.

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San Francisco Nips at Seattle's Heels in Latest Case Shiller Index Results

Having briefly subsided from September into October, residential prices in Seattle resumed their upward trek, with the index turning positive by 0.18% in November. The official report from Case Shiller noted that “Seattle, Las Vegas, and San Francisco reported the highest year-over-year gains among the 20 cities. In November, Seattle led the way with a 12.7% year-over-year price increase, followed by Las Vegas with a 10.6% increase, and San Francisco with a 9.1% increase.”

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Seattle Home Prices Still Leading Year-Over-Year, But Inch Downward for a Second Month in a Row

S&P/Case-Shiller’s Home Price Index for October 2017 showed the Seattle Metropolitan Area as remaining 12.7 percent higher than twelve months ago, and continuing to lead all Pacific Coast gateway cities as well as cities across the nation. However, this was the second straight month in which the Seattle index declined on a monthly basis, although by a shallower percentage (-0.07%) than the -0.28% seen in September. October’s decline appears to confirm the end of the historic 31-month streak of continuous price growth in the Puget Sound region, even while it retains its nationwide lead for a 14th consecutive month.

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As Featured in Seattle Magazine: The Condo Conundrum

Seattle is the fastest-growing large city in the US with home prices rising more than any other metro area in the nation. That means developers are building new condominiums at a record clip, right?  Nope, it’s actually the opposite. There is currently a real shortage of in-city condominiums, resulting in high median home prices, rising by 19-percent year-over-year in November 2017 to $660,000 – about the same value as the median home price in King County. And 94-percent of the projected 27,000 new housing units to be built in downtown Seattle this decade will be for rent and not for sale, leaving many to scratch their heads. This topic was recently explored by The Seattle Times and King 5 TV News as prospective buyers have literally camped out overnight to book their opportunity to own. So, what gives? Here are ten reasons why consumers consider condos, but most developers don’t.

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Downtown Seattle Condos: Rising Demand and Anemic Supply Has Buyers Considering Presales Opportunities

The lack of available condominiums in downtown Seattle continues, especially at affordable price points. Currently, there are just 7 resale homes listed for sale on the NWMLS priced below $700,000, which is now the new median home price for resales after increasing a staggering 19% in November 2017 compared to the prior year. Though market conditions may seem daunting to potential buyers, market pundits say unit reservations and presales can offer much needed relief for those willing to plan ahead.

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On Top Nationwide for 13 Months, Seattle-Area Monthly Home Price Growth Takes a Holiday

Upon last month’s release of the CoreLogic Case Shiller Home Price Indices for August 2017, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty predicted“Should the trend since April continue on the back side of the peak home-buying season, it is possible that Seattle’s monthly home price trend could actually turn negative.” This in fact is exactly what happened, with the Seattle index slipping by 0.28 percent monthly in September.

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Transportation Initiatives in Puget Sound

In 1907, when Seattle annexed Ballard, Ravenna and West Seattle, transportation meant nothing more than sailing routes, roads, bridges and sometimes cow paths. Today, transportation networks are technological systems whose scopes range from international airport instruments to GPS-enabled devices on your dashboard or in your pocket. New applications are transforming every mode and aspect of transportation, integrating it ever more closely with our daily activities. Meanwhile, governments struggle to keep the public infrastructure aligned with this all-encompassing transformation.

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Report Lists Seattle as #1 City for Chinese Homebuyers

Ni Hao, Seattle! We’re number one in the eyes of mainland Chinese homebuyers exploring overseas investment in real estate. That’s according to Juwai.com, a popular home search site within China, and this finding is tracking with other data points according to local brokers that specialize in international homebuyers.

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FutureCast Forum Members & RSIR Brokers Attend BISNOW's Multifamily Panel

As our city skyline is scattered with cranes, BISNOW hosted nearly 200 registered members to discuss Seattle’s multifamily climate; specifically, its affordability, sustainability, and community design. Held at the Westin Seattle, three panels spanned a variety of topics, all relevant as the city experiences unprecedented population growth, construction costs, and housing demand.

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