Grateful to have worked with such amazing people in 2019 and wrap up the year with 31 total sales. Looking forward to a fun and fast-paced 2020!

Jen Pells' 2019 Sales collage for Bainbridge Island

On January 14, 2020, in Uncategorized, by

Summer is over, over.  It is raining.  The holidays are coming.  We are very seasonal here on Bainbridge Island with our real estate market and our busy listing season is April – August.  When I sold real estate back in California the listing season was less dramatic, sales happened pretty consistently year round. Here, in Washington, we are more affected by the weather. We are heading into that slower listing season right about now. Our busy season bled into fall this year more than it ever has in my 12 years in the business here.  Right now we have about 80 homes on the market.  In January, that number may get down to around 50. I have seen it in the 30’s before.  In our small niche market, a handful of good listing makes a big difference.  Which is why listing in the winter can be very good for sellers.  Some of my favorite homes on the island have come on the market in fall and winter. They are always such a fun surprise.

In the fall I get a bit of time to reflect on the past busy season.  What worked?  What could be improved?  How do I want my business to continue to evolve?  I look at where my clients are coming from and where they are going.  Below is a grid of my 2019 summer sales, back when the sky was indeed blue.

Homes sold by Jen Pells real Estate Summer 2019

Fun facts about my summer sales:

Total number of sales from Memorial Day through Labor Day – 18

Highest priced sale – $3.6M for a 5,000 square foot waterfront home on South Beach

Most affordable sale – $435,000 for a one bedroom condo at Harbor Square

Number of repeat clients – 8

Number of related clients in the grid above – 4

Number of sellers represented – 12

Number of buyers represented  – 6

Number of clients who moved from one house to another house on Island – 7

Number of sales that represented Newcomers to the island – 5

Number of sales that were multiple offers – 7

Shortest days on market for sales above  – 2!

Longest days on market for sales above  – 23

Things move quickly in the prime selling season and I worked some long days in the summer making sure my clients were where they needed to be before their next chapter started. Good thing it stays light until 10pm here in the summer.

The market is still moving at a nice pace, but I am grateful for pace that is a touch slower so I have a little more time to breath and recharge and give a little extra time and attention to my active fall and winter clients.

If you’d like to talk more about the market, give me a call.

To see my complete sales portfolio, click here.

Things, they are shifting . . . a bit.  We are still in a seller’s market and sales are brisk and sellers are happy and buyers are a bit more happy because they are not ALWAYS in multiple offer situations.  Take a closer look at the KITSAP numbers in the GARDNER REPORT below.  Click on each page to see a blown up version. 

Daily, at the gym and the grocery store, people want to know about the market.  We are a small, niche market and even those not in it daily can feel the slight change happening.

The largest shift I am feeling right now is that many, many, empty-nesters in the larger homes on an acre-plus have listed their homes this year. I thought we would see more of that last year but this year those homes really arrived on the market and the $1.1-$1.3M range of the market is feeling the “flood” of listings.

As of today we have 116 homes on the BAINBRIDGE ISLAND market

21 are between $1.1-$1.3M

76 are above $1M

Only 26 are below $800K and several of those are what many of us consider townhomes

Buyers have options in all price ranges and when they do, they are choosy and specific. That is a refreshing shift. When I have my buyer’s agent hat on it is a fun day. I love that buyers have 5-8 great options to consider and can make an under-asking offer.  When I have my seller’s agent hat on I say, prepare, prepare, prepare and get ahead of the pack.

All in all, it is about strategy and timing. We are a very-seasonal market here and our end-of-summer slow down is beginning too. How can that work for you as a buyer or seller?  We all have our own specific ways of getting our clients to closing day.  I am having a fun, busy summer, with buyers and sellers.  If you are curious about how this current market can work for you, let’s chat.

Jen Pells Real Estate Bainbridge Island

Jen Pells Real Estate Bainbridge Island

Jen Pells Real Estate Bainbridge Island

Jen Pells Real Estate Bainbridge Island

 

Bainbridge Island Real Estate

The 2018 Bainbridge Island Good ole’ 4th of July Parade.

Flag-Waving Season

Summer has come to our island, and with it our only-on-Bainbridge annual celebratory activi- ties. We had an energetic Third of July street dance, a festive Fourth of July parade, and a successful Rotary Auction thatgrossed more than $600,000. When we move our attention to local real estate statistics, everything appears to be equally sunny. Our median price is up 12.5%, home sales over $1,000,000 are up almost 28%, and condominium sales are up 36%! Still, if you talk to the experienced agents, they are detecting a shift. Let’s explore all the reasons why.

Buyers Behind the Wheel

We talk all the time about buyers’ markets and sellers’ markets. But it’s really the buyers who drive any market. Even in an ascending sellers’ market, buyers and their actions create the excess demand over supply and rising prices.

Bainbridge has always been blessed with a sophisticated and knowledgeable buyer pool. They are well educated and usually quite disciplined. These days, it appears they’re also beginning to be more cautious. Maybe that’s due to the state of the world, a possible coming interest rate hike, or just the general assumption that we’ve been on this run for more than a cou- ple of years and we must be close to the top of the climb. You might ask, then, why in the midst of this caution our statistics are so positive. There are several factors at work; signs that the market is not as “heated” as last year and is stabilizing. Here are a few specifics:

  •   Inventory, something we’ve lacked for a while, is creeping up.
  •   We’re also seeing more price reductions and fewer multiple offers, with more buyers saying,  “Let’s just wait and see what happens.”
  •   The number of homes under contract (“pendings”) is down 17.3% from last year and hasn’t bounced back in the firstpart of July.

Bainbridge Island Real EstateThe Bigger Picture

We are also hearing of a cooling in other markets, both to the east and the west. This is not really a cause for concern, as our market is very dynamic and this sort of shift requires adjustments in strategy rather than extreme actions. Good and knowledgeable advice will help both buyers and sellers negotiate the changes and still achieve their (realistic) goals.

When one speaks of the dynamism of a market, the statistical chart vividly shows the changes in our market. In the first half of 2012, 48 homes sold in the 0-$400K price range. By 2014, that number was halved to 24 and has plunged all the way to 4 this year. These homes didn’t disappear; they just moved up into another price range. Right now there is only one home for sale for less than $400,000 on Bainbridge. In 2014 (just four short years ago), 78 homes sold for less than $600K, while this year that number is only 19. But there’s an important point to make about what’s happening at the other end of the pricing spectrum: In 2014, only 31 homes sold in the $800K-$1.5M range and this year there were 101 sales in the same price range. So even if our market does “stabilize” a bit, we have to acknowledge that it has appreciated dramatically.

A Busy Condo Segment

What about those condominiums? With 62 sales in the first half of this year, you’d have to go back to 2007 to find a more active January-June period. Also, the median was up 13.6% to $468K, matching the all-time median condominium price set in 2007. The condominium market has lagged behind the home market in price recovery from the peaks set in 2007 (the residential median got back to the high set in 2007 by the end of 2015), but the market has shown steady strength in the past year and a half. The condo market has benefited by being able to offer resi- dence on Bainbridge for less than it costs to buy many homes. It’s also shown an active upper end as people have down- sized (which has been driven by success in the upper end of the house market). This success has happened in spite of some very low condo inventories.

On LandBainbridge Island Real Estate.

The median price of land sales for the first six months also finally matched this segment’s 2007 peak. (In 2007, the median was $406K and in 2018 it was $400K.) As with condominiums, it has been a long road back to our previ- ous highs, but they have arrived. The volume of 22 sales exceeded 2007’s 18 sales in the first six months, but fell shy of 2015’s peak of 33 sales through June.

Bainbridge Island Real Estate Data 2018

A Positive Tilt

All in all, we are giving our first six months of 2018 a very high grade. Condominiums and land have had a great half of the year and so have homes. We detect some stabilization and cooling off in the home market, but all of us at Windermere are prepared to employ our strategic know-how to guide both buyers and sellers toward their goals, whatever shifts are taking place. And when you’re not pondering your next real estate adventure, get out there and enjoy the predictably spectacular beauty of a Bainbridge summer.

 

8411 Wyatt Way NW for sale by Jen Pells Real Estate.

This adorable cottage on the west-end of Winslow is a must see. Open today (Saturday) 1-4.  Loads of charm and fine finishes inside and out. Three bedrooms, two baths and a private, flat, grassy yard. A great package – in town, close to the ferry, schools and trails.  Contact me if you would like a private tour.

Open House: Saturday 1-4pm

Quaint living spaces with original oak flooring from the 1940’s.

Crisp new kitchen with white wood cabinetry, high end appliances and quartz countertops.

Large dining area flows to the west-facing back deck. The perfect spot to enjoy summer dinners.

Main floor master suite.

Gorgeous master bathroom with frame-less shower door, marble vanity and modern tiles and fixtures.

Family room in the walk-out daylight basement. Also has office space, laundry and a private bedroom.

Patio space in the fenced area of the back yard. Grassy and flat. The motorized awning was recently added and remote controlled.

Details about the home:

Charming remodeled 3 bedroom cottage featuring original oak flooring, beautiful crown molding and crisp new custom kitchen with fir floors, stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops. Main floor master, luxurious baths with marble vanities. Easy entertaining with French doors to deck, patio and backyard. Newer roof, siding, furnace, hot water heater, retractable awning, shed, blinds, custom closet systems, and lighting. Easy commute with nearby trails to ferry, shops and restaurants.

  • Offered at $610,000
  • 3 bedroom/2 bathrooms in 1,974 sq feet
  • .65 acres, partially fenced
  • Extensive remodel in 2016 including plumbing, electrical and foundation
  • Remodeled kitchen with white wood cabinetry, quartz counters and high-end appliances
  • Main floor master suite
  • Spa-like master bathroom with dual sinks, marble countertops and modern fixtures
  • 1940’s oak flooring in living spaces
  • Fir flooring in kitchen
  • Second bedroom and bathroom on the main level
  • Bonus space, office space and private bedroom in daylight basement
  • Extra storage and laundry closet in daylight basement
  • Hunter Douglas Blinds throughout
  • Custom light fixtures throughout
  • French doors
  • Elfa Closet Systems & cedar closets throughout
  • Motorized awning over back patio
  • Fenced, flat, grassy backyard
  • West-facing deck off the dining area
  • 160 sq. ft. shed under the deck
  • Paved parking area with drainage and new gravel added to drive
  • Close to Winslow, schools and walking trails
  • Terrific condo alternative – no HOA dues

To see the full Windermere listing, click here.

 

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