Curious about how Kitsap County’s real estate market is doing? We had a solid first quarter and it’s still a seller’s market. In 2021, we saw strong buyer demand and low inventory, and that continues to be the case. Read on for key highlights and market trends. If you have any questions, our local real estate experts are just a click away.
News on Sold and Pending Homes
In the graph above, you can see a similar rise reflected in market volume that we saw this time last year. This follows the typical real estate market trend of a cooler first quarter before the market heats up in the summer. Sold homes still outpace pending listings and home prices are still increasing as a result of high demand. During 2022’s first quarter, 994 homes were sold. That’s up 10.7% year-over-year, showing more market activity.
Kitsap’s Market Still Favors Sellers
Since inventory remains low, sellers can list with confidence. Buyers will need to be prepared for competitive situations. As construction ramps back up and the pandemic hopefully continues to wane, we expect to see more homes come on the market.
Listing Price vs. Sale Price
During the first quarter of 2022, we saw a 10.8% increase in home prices when compared to 2021’s first quarter. Since the market tends to heat up in the late spring and summer, we expect prices to continue to rise. Many buyers will continue to meet sellers’ pricing demands, and others are facing affordability issues. Right now, the average sale price in Kitsap County is $606,000.
Insights from Our Chief Economist
Matthew Gardner, Windermere’s Chief Economist, shared his Top 10 Predictions for 2022 in one of his recent Monday with Matthew videos. Here’s what Gardner predicts for 2022:
- Prices will continue to rise, though the pace of appreciation will slow. Gardner thinks it will be about 6% in 2022 versus the massive 16% rise of 2021.
- Spring will be busier than expected. This will increase buyer demand, as buyers get more clarity in their new hybrid model combining remote and office work.
- The rise of the suburbs will also result from this work hybrid model. Many buyers are moving within the same area they already lived in.
- New construction jumps since the cost to build has come down.
- Zoning issues will be addressed.
- Climate change will impact where buyers live. People will focus more on how safe a location is in relation to natural disasters.
- Urban markets will bounce back after the demand drop from Covid.
- A resurgence in foreign investors will return since the travel bans were lifted last November. The demand will rise as long as our borders remain open.
- First-time buyers will be an even bigger factor in 2022. This year, 4.8 million millennials will turn 30, the median age of first-time buyers in the U.S. First-time buyers will be looking for cheaper markets.
- Forbearance will come to an end and that will be okay. It was well thought out, and as Gardner says, “as of recording this video, there are now fewer than 900,000 owners still in the program.” Hopefully, this continues to drop.