Windermere Real Estate/BI, Inc.
Yes, I really do think spring is actually here. So much so that I moved some of my “starters” into the garden beds. Yes, we are about half planted and later I’ll put the tomatoes and some cutting flowers in the beds. Right now we have Kentucky pole beans, sugar snap peas, Bainbridge-fostered Marshall Strawberries (thanks Allison), sunflowers, zinnias, and six different types of lettuce.
After three trips to Peterson’s Yard Waste, we have cleared out our yard from a tree that fell this winter during the snow “storms” and one we took down. With the winter debris clear, I am enjoying the tulips, daffodils, and blooms on the cherry tree a little more than I did before.
So, after two days in this spring sun, my lily white self is sunburned. We’ll see how long this keeps up, I may actually have to put on some sunscreen.
They look a lot like last year. Here are the numbers. Data is take from the NWMLS.
The biggest difference I see is days on the market, it is up form 139 to 202 – that is two additional months of market time- almost seven months total. That is long haul for sellers.
And yes, prices are down, price per square foot is down and average sale price is down. However, on the island, with such a wide range in sale prices from the 200 hundred thousand up to six million, those numbers are hard to lump together.
What I am hearing from other agents is what I have been feeling “it has been a slow start.” I think we all hoped for a swifter 2009, but even with the low interest rates and first time buyer’s credit, consumer confidence and unemployment still loom overhead.
Come rain or come shine – little league season is here. Opening day was yesterday at Rotary Park. Scads of ball players filled the park to kick off the start of the 2009 Season. So, listen for the crack of the bat at a park near you – I love spring!
Thank you to all the coaches who volunteer countless hours during the season – the parents and community at large appreciate your efforts! We’ll see you out there. Go Diamonds!