6 Extreme Interior Paint Makeovers

Today we're looking at how paint has changed your rooms, from the kitchen to the bedroom, from the living room to the laundry room.

 

Makeover 1: Stephanie Van Dyke, original photo on Houzz

 

AFTER: Houzz user Stephanie Van Dyke's newly dark living room walls.

 

Makeover 2: Before Photo, original photo on Houzz

 

BEFORE: Van Dyke wanted to switch up these light walls. The new colors are Ralph Lauren's Smoked Glass and Tibetan Jasmine. "The Smoked Glass is a beautiful, dynamic color that changes throughout the day," she says.

 

Makeover 3: Before Photo, original photo on Houzz

 

BEFORE: Houzz user and blogger c2marsha did not have much love for this pale green color in her bedroom. "The old pale green color just felt really stale and boring; we wanted something bolder but not bright or harsh," she says.

Related: Add Style and Function With a New Bedroom Bench

 

Makeover 4: c2marsha, original photo on Houzz

 

AFTER: "We chose Behr Bitter Chocolate for our master bedroom, which sits on the second floor of our Dutch colonial in Minneapolis," she says. "We didn't want our room to feel too feminine or masculine, and we wanted it to feel like it fit us well, which made it very difficult to pick a color!"

The rich brown brought in a modern touch that works with their mix of vintage and traditional pieces.

 

Makeover 5: Before Photo, original photo on Houzz

 

BEFORE: Maple trees surrounding the house and the colors on the walls made Houzz user hellovijp's home in Quebec City very dark inside.

 

Makeover 6: hellovijp, original photo on Houzz

 

AFTER: Because one room flows into the next and the spaces were lacking cohesion, hellovijp painted the entire floor the same color, SICO's Portobello #6185-41. It really lightens things up while keeping the look warm.

 

Makeover 7: Before Photo, original photo on Houzz

 

BEFORE: Amanda Haytaian wanted a fresh look for her living room; pink walls and a dated fireplace were no longer working.

 

Makeover 8: Amanda Haytaian, original photo on Houzz

 

AFTER: She brought the pink into the room via smaller accents. A beautiful new coffered ceiling and marble fireplace surround freshen up the space. The walls are Benjamin Moore's Etiquette in matte, and the trim is Benjamin Moore's Steam in semigloss.

 

Makeover 9: Before Photo, original photo on Houzz

 

BEFORE: Becky, of the blog this is happiness, had been dreaming of a whiter kitchen.

 

Makeover 10: Becky, original photo on Houzz

 

AFTER: "It's still a work in progress, but we took our very dark kitchen to a cheerful, bright white," she says. Kwal acrylic paint in Pure Snow did the trick.

Tip: She recommends having the cabinets spray painted to avoid brushstrokes.

 

Makeover 11: Before Photo, original photo on Houzz

 

BEFORE: "This laundry room is a great example of white not making a poorly lit, windowless room light and airy; it just made it gray, dingy and scuff-marked," says Cathy Zaeske.

 

Makeover 12: Cathy Zaeske, original photo on Houzz

 

AFTER: Going for an industrial chic look, she chose a new pendant light and Sherwin-Williams' high-gloss 6076 Turkish Coffee. The new room is much better at inspiring the homeowners to want to do their laundry.

 

By Becky Harris, Houzz

November Home Maintenance Checklist

 

November brings a transition to shorter days, colder weather and spending more time indoors.  It also brings anticipation, planning and preparation for Thanksgiving and the upcoming winter holidays.

Our checklist this month includes small, quick and easy tasks you can do now to get a jump start on your holiday hosting preparation so you can enjoy friends and family when they arrive.

Replace chair floor protectors. Prevent damage to your hardwood floors by adding or replacing floor protection pads to the legs of your chairs.  Hardware stores sell felt self-adhesive protectors that are easy to use.

Clean garbage disposal. Run a few pieces of lemon rind with some ice cubes through your garbage disposal to keep it smelling fresh. The ice chunks scour the blades and scrape away debris. Products that clean and deodorize garbage disposals can also be purchased in retail stores.

Repair plumbing issues. Fix a slow drain or a stuck garbage disposal now rather than wait until you have a full house of guests.

Check bathtub caulk. Use diluted bleach to clean caulk that is moldy or mildewed. Avoid water damage to your home’s framing by replacing worn-out caulking as soon as possible.

Stock up for winter. Buy winter supplies like shovels and ice melting products now so you’ll be ready when the first snow falls.

Silence squeaky door hinges. Spray some cooking oil or other lubricant on door hinges. Be sure to first place a drop cloth on the floor to protect it and also blot the hinge with a rag to remove excess oil.

Clean kitchen exhaust fan filter. Remove kitchen exhaust fan screen and scrub with a mild detergent or run through the dishwasher.

Check fire extinguishers. Locate your fire extinguishers and be sure their gauge shows enough pressure.

Set aside a November afternoon to do the items on this home maintenance list, then sit back and enjoy a cup of hot apple cider. Happy Thanksgiving!

 

This blog was reposted with the permission of Long & Foster.

Windermere Hosts Chinese Real Estate Leaders During Four-City U.S. Tour

 

Last week Windermere hosted 16 members of the China Alliance of Real Estate Agencies (CAREA) during a daylong tour of Seattle and Bellevue, WA. CAREA is a coalition of the largest regional and national real estate companies in China, representing over 60 percent of all Chinese real estate sales. Their stop in Seattle was a part of a four-city tour that also included Chicago, New York, and Dallas. The cities were identified because of their popularity amongst Chinese investors/buyers, and the CAREA member’s desire to better understand the residential real estate markets in those areas.  

 

The group’s interest in Seattle stems from the growing number of Chinese foreign national buyers in the area, especially in neighborhoods like West Bellevue where real estate brokers say buyers are drawn to the newer homes, top-performing schools, and proximity to high-end restaurants and shopping. This year, Seattle surpassed San Francisco as the second place in the world where Chinese millionaires want to purchase property (according to Shanghai-based Hurun Research).

 

 

Windermere took the group on a tour of three luxury homes in West Bellevue that are on the market for between $5 and $10 million. The tour started with a new construction home priced at $6.8 million in Clyde Hill, represented by Windermere broker Shawna Ader. The second stop was a more traditional home in Medina for $5.3 million, listed by Windermere broker Wendy Paisley. The last home was the show stopper, an incredible manse priced at just under $10 million on Yarrow Point, represented by Windermere broker Anna Riley.

 

Along for the ride were also several members of the media who were drawn to the story about Chinese interest in the Seattle-area housing market. KING 5 News, KOMO 4 News, Q13 News, and the Seattle Times all spent time touring the homes and interviewing representatives from CAREA and Windermere about the reasons why Seattle is an increasingly popular location for international buyers. 

 

 

Following the luxury home tour, the Chinese guests and Windermere executives gathered for lunch and a presentation by Windermere Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner, who provided an overview of the greater Seattle area housing market and economy. The day was then capped off with a seaplane tour of Seattle by Kenmore Air. As CAREA vice president Yi Lui stated after the tour, “A float plane is the way to sell Seattle.”

Utah Real Estate Market Update

 

ECONOMIC OVERVIEW

The State of Utah added 37,300 non-agricultural jobs over the past 12 months, a growth of 2.6%. Although this represents a slowing in employment gains, it is not a cause for concern because the economy is running at full employment and only so many new jobs can be created. That said, my latest forecast model is suggesting that the pace of employment growth is likely to kick back up during the last quarter of the year.

In August, the unemployment rate in the state was 3.5%, up from 3.3% a year ago. The increase in the unemployment rate is a function of a burgeoning labor force, which has risen by almost 56,000 over the past year.

 

HOME SALES ACTIVITY

  • There were 9,907 home sales during the third quarter of 2017, which was a drop of 5.3% from the same period in 2016.
  • Sales rose in just one of the counties analyzed in this report: small Morgan County saw sales grow 60% year-over-year. It’s worth noting though that this equates to an increase of just 18 units. There were more marginal sales increases in Summit and Wasatch Counties. Sales fell marginally in Davis and Utah Counties, with a more severe drop in Salt Lake County.
  • Home sales slowed due to very low levels of available inventory. Listing activity continues to trend at well below historic averages, with the total number of homes for sale in the third quarter 26.6% below the level seen a year ago.
  • The takeaway here is that unless we see a drastic increase in listings, sales growth will remain at below-average levels.

 

 

HOME PRICES

  • Because of considerable competition for the few available homes, prices continue to rise. Average prices in the region were up 10.2% year-over-year to an average of $340,031.
  • There was substantial price growth in Summit and Weber Counties, where prices rose by double digits. That said, all counties saw higher home prices in the third quarter than a year ago.
  • Appreciation was strongest in Morgan County, where prices rose by 32%.
  • There is clearly an ongoing imbalance between supply and demand, with home prices continuing to appreciate at above-average rates. This is likely to continue for the foreseeable future.

 

 

 

DAYS ON MARKET

  • The average number of days it took to sell a home rose by five days when compared to the third quarter of 2016.
  • It took an average of less than a month to sell a home in Salt Lake, Davis, Utah, and Weber Counties.
  • During the third quarter, it took an average of 43 days to sell a home in the region.
  • Although demand remains robust, it appears as if buyers are being a little more “choosy,” which may be the reason why the time on market rose in four of the six counties in this report.

 

 

CONCLUSIONS

This speedometer reflects the state of the region’s housing market using housing inventory, price gains, home sales, interest rates, and larger economic factors.

In the third quarter of 2017, I have placed the needle well into seller territory. The supply of available homes remains at very low levels, which continues to create competition for well-priced and well-located homes. An increase in the time it takes to sell a home may suggest that the market is either getting weary of all the competition or that would-be buyers are possibly putting off buying until they see more choices in the number of homes for sale. All of that considered, it remains a seller’s market.

 

Matthew Gardner is the Chief Economist for Windermere Real Estate, specializing in residential market analysis, commercial/industrial market analysis, financial analysis, and land use and regional economics. He is the former Principal of Gardner Economics, and has more than 30 years of professional experience both in the U.S. and U.K.

 
 
 
 
 
If you are in the market to buy or sell, we can connect you with an experienced agent here.

11 Ways to Uncover Your Personal Color Palette

Where do you find the colors you love? And just because you love a hue, does that mean it's right for your walls? Let's take a closer look at color inspiration. Here you'll find tips for how to get your creative juices flowing and zero in on the color palettes that speak to you.

 

Colors 1: Lear & Mahoney Landscape Associates, original photo on Houzz

 

1. Be inspired by a landscape you love. Choosing your paint colors based on hues that occur together in nature takes some of the guesswork out of paint picking. The beach is the quintessential example of taking the landscape to a color scheme — the hues of sand, water and sky work beautifully as paint colors, as well as on furniture and accessories.

2. Snap pictures of colors that inspire you on walks and travels. Carry a camera and capture those little details that inspire you as you see them. Taking quick snapshots with your camera phone is fine — the point is more in the noticing than in the quality of your pictures. Sometimes the spirit of a place really shines through in the colors used there, so mine those old vacation photos for inspiration, too.

 

Colors 2: Holly Marder, original photo on Houzz

 

3. Notice the subtle hues that move you. Not everyone is drawn to bold, clear colors; that is only one small slice of the spectrum. Pay attention to the subtle hues and particular shades that move you, as these can become great color palettes. Perhaps you are drawn to the rich browns of worn leather and old wood. If you love blue, is it midnight, pale aqua or French blue? Get specific.

4. Try doing a color-a-day experiment. This practice is a workout for your creativity and visual sense. Look for shades of one color to photograph each day, until you have covered them all. Keep your eyes peeled for pretty veggies in the produce bins, graffiti on a brick wall, a row of colorful binders in your office — nowhere is off-limits.

Related: Energize Your Home Office With Bold Color

 

Colors 3: Envi Interior Design Studio, original photo on Houzz

 

5. Look to the branding of good restaurants, shops and other businesses. Shops are often great places for finding color schemes, since great care was taken to design them in an appealing way. The next time you walk into a shop or restaurant and find yourself really enjoying the atmosphere, stop and ask yourself why. Take a closer look at your surroundings — is it the paint color that makes you feel good? Try to begin naming what really works for you.

6. Pay attention to shop displays. When you're inside a shop, pay special attention to beautiful displays of objects and flowers — especially color combinations that catch your eye. Notice which color was used in a larger swath and which color punctuates the arrangement. For instance, you may be drawn to a display of sunshine-yellow mugs, but upon further thought realize it's the deep blue tile wall in the background that really makes it for you.

 

Colors 4: Shannon Malone, original photo on Houzz

 

7. Consider the architecture of your home and the region you live in. What colors are typically used to play up the sort of house you have? Noticing doesn't mean you have to follow suit, but it can help guide you in your process. Southwestern homes, for instance, tend to feature rich earth-tone colors, which complement the landscape beautifully.

8. Aim to complement what you already own. Look at what you already have in your home — do you tend to be drawn to bright, statement-y furniture with bold colors and patterns? If so, you may want to stick with neutral walls that won't compete. If your furniture taste runs to white, white and more white, perhaps a subtle (but not white) neutral would add interest to your clean aesthetic. Assess the finishes in your home (floors, counters etc.) as well, since you can use them to find complementary wall colors.

Related: Find the Perfect Complementary Neutral Colors to Use Here

 

Colors 5: Eclectic Books, original photo on Houzz

 

9. Cast a wide net in what you read for inspiration. Decorating books are wonderful, of course, but also consider looking to graphic design, photography and garden books, and all sorts of magazines for inspiration. Save images that call out to you and begin a collection.

10. Experiment with inspiration boards. A board that works for another person may not work for you — so try out different methods until you hit on something that feels fun. Some may love the physical act of cutting and tacking up tear sheets to a board; others may find that fussy. Collect items in a tray or basket, create an ideabook on Houzz, slide your finds into a binder or stuff everything into a big folder.

Related: Store Paint Swatches in a Brand New File Cabinet

 

Colors 6: Cynthia Lynn Photography, original photo on Houzz

 

11. Learn to translate what you see. Picking colors for your walls is a highly personal process. The best way to learn about what works for you is to start paying more attention to color ... everywhere. Whether you are choosing colors on your own or working with a pro, this will hone your color sense and make picking paint a better experience all around.

 

By Laura Gaskill, Houzz

Show Us Your #SeahawksFanCave To Win Tickets To The Seahawks!

 

Are you the ultimate Seattle Seahawks fan? Do you have the ultimate Seattle Seahawks fan cave? And do you want to win tickets to an upcoming Seahawks home game? If so, Windermere and the Seahawks want you to show us your #SeahawksFanCave!

 

As the Official Real Estate Company of the Seattle Seahawks, Windermere is proud to present the #SeahawksFanCave Instagram photo contest. Between November 7 and December 1, 2017, post a photo of your #SeahawksFanCave on Instagram, tag it with #SeahawksFanCave, and tag @windermere. Fans must also follow Windermere’s Instagram page @windermere to be eligible to win (see below for official contest rules). The winner will receive two tickets to the December 31 Seahawks game against Arizona.

 

So come on 12s! Show us what you got. We’re looking for the ultimate, decked-out fan cave, dripping in Seahawks love.

 

No purchase necessary. Contest ends December 1, 2017.

 

Windermere Social Media Contest Official Rules

 

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

 

1.  SPONSOR: Windermere Real Estate Services Co., a Washington corporation doing business as Windermere Services Co., with a principal place of business at 5424 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA  98105. The Sponsor is referred to below as “Windermere.”

 

2.  Giveaway Period:  The Giveaway entry period begins at 8:00am PST on Monday, November 6, 2017 and ends at 5:00pm PST on Friday, December 1, 2017.

 

3.  Giveaway Entry:  To enter the Giveaway, Follow Windermere Real Estate’s Instagram page (www.instagram.com/Windermere), post a photo of where you root for the Seattle Seahawks, tag @Windermere, and use the hashtag #SeahawksFanCave. If you don’t already have an Instagram account, visit http://www.instagram.com for directions on how to create one.  It is free to create an account. You also must have a mobile device that supports the Instagram application on or before December 1, 2017. Entries are limited to one entry per person/Instagram account. Incomplete entries will be disqualified. Multiple entries will be disqualified. If there is a dispute as to any entry, the authorized account holder of the Instagram account used to register will be deemed to be the entrant. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned an Instagram account by Instagram. Potential winner may be required to show proof of being the authorized account holder with state-issued identification.

 

4.  Eligibility:  VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW.  This Giveaway is open only to legal U.S. residents who are 21 years of age or older as of December 1, 2017. Entrants must possess valid state or government-issued identification or other proof of identity and residency, as determined by Windermere. Windermere, in its sole discretion, will determine the eligibility of any and all contestants. Employees, agents, and franchise owners of Windermere Real Estate, the NFL Entities (as defined below) and their immediate family members (spouses, parents, siblings, children) are not eligible to win.

 

5.  Winner Selection:  Each qualifying entry will be judged by a panel selected by Windermere. Winners will be chosen around 5pm PST on Friday, December 1, 2017, subject to verification of eligibility and compliance with these Rules. The selected winner must have a valid Instagram account where they can be notified and Windermere will attempt to notify winner via that account. If winner is unreachable within 24 hours of first attempted contact, if winner is determined to be ineligible, if winner is not in compliance with the Rules, Windermere reserves the right to award the prize to another winner selected from the pool of remaining entries (time permitting).  If Windermere cannot find an eligible winner for the prize, that prize will not be awarded.  All results are unofficial until winner is verified.

 

6.  Prize: Two (2) tickets to the Seattle Seahawks game at CenturyLink Field, December 31, 2017 1:25pm PST. Approximate retail value of prize: $600. Prize cannot be redeemed for cash, transferred, traded, resold or offered for resale, or substituted for any other items by winner. Windermere reserves the right to substitute a comparable prize of like or greater value, including cash for prize, for any reason.  Costs of transportation, parking, souvenirs, refreshments and accommodations, where applicable, and any other cost not specifically included in the prize are the sole responsibility of the winner. Properly claimed prize will be awarded, but in no event will Windermere award more prizes than provided for in these Rules.

 

7.  Prize Acceptance/Restrictions:  Winner is subject to verification by Windermere of the winner’s name and age. In order to claim his or her prize, winner must sign an Affidavit of Eligibility/Release of Liability and Publicity. Failure to do so will disqualify the winner. Winner must pick up prize the day of the event on December 31, 2017 at CenturyLink Field. Winner must have valid photo ID upon arrival. No entry is permitted without ID.

 

8.  GENERAL CONDITIONS:

a.  Except where prohibited by law, entrants agree to allow Windermere to use, announce and display their name, voice, photograph, likeness and any information provided on their Instagram account, in any medium of communication, including print, Internet, radio and/or television and for any purpose related to the Giveaway, without additional compensation.

 

b.  ANY ATTEMPT TO DAMAGE OR UNDERMINE THE FAIR AND LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS GIVEAWAY WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION FROM THE GIVEAWAY, AND WINDERMERE reserves the right to seek prosecution of the offender to the fullest extent of the law.

 

c.  Windermere is not responsible and shall not be liable for any injuries, losses or damages of any kind caused by Entrant’s participation in the Giveaway or Winner’s or his/her guest’s receipt or use of the Prize. All entrants agree to release, indemnify and hold harmless Windermere, the NFL Entities (as defined below), and each of their franchisees, affiliates, respective employees, representatives, sponsors and advertisers, from any and all liability, loss, damage, costs, causes of action or claims related to any allegation regarding participation in the Giveaway and as to the Winner and guest any travel therein, the award, the receipt, or the use of any part of the prize, including without limitation, personal injury, death, property damage, defamation, infringement of intellectual property rights, and claims based on the rights of publicity or privacy.  Neither the failure of Windermere to insist upon or enforce strict performance of any provision of these Official Rules or the failure, delay or omission by Windermere in exercising any right with respect to any term of these Official Rules, will be construed as a waiver or relinquishment to any extent Windermere’s right to assert or rely upon any such provision or right in that or any other instance.

 

d.  Windermere reserves the right to delay Giveaway announcements, postpone or reschedule all or some of the Giveaway events, and/or modify Giveaway deadlines at its sole discretion. Any such changes will be announced and posted on Windermere’s website at https://www.windermere.com/blogs/windermere/posts/2017-windermere-fan-cave-giveaway-official-rules

 

e.  Windermere is not responsible for human errors or for any damaged, tampered with, delayed, illegible, incomplete, inaccurate, garbled, late, lost, forged, misaddressed, misdirected, mutilated, mass machine-generated, unintelligible, incomprehensible, or entries otherwise not in compliance with these Official Rules, difficulties in Internet transmission or the functioning of the Instagram service. In addition, Windermere is not responsible for any typographical errors in these Official Rules, Giveaway or any advertising materials for the Giveaway, or for any kind of computer, electronic, hardware, software, Internet, network, technical or telephone failures and/or problems caused by Windermere, a third party or the user, or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Giveaway, or by any human, typographical, electronic, network or other error that may occur in receiving and/or processing of the entries in the Giveaway, or by infection by computer viruses, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud or technical failure.

 

f.  These Official Rules shall be governed, construed and enforced pursuant to the laws of the State of Washington, without regard to the choice of law provisions thereof.  Venue for any disputes arising from this Contest or these Rules shall be in the Superior Court of the State of Washington in and for King County.

 

g.  This Giveaway is subject to the privacy policy of Windermere, as posted on the Windermere website at https://www.windermere.com/company/privacy.

 

9.  OFFICIAL RULES AND WINNERS LIST:  For a copy of the Official Rules or the name of the winner, send a self-addressed envelope to Windermere Real Estate, ATTN: #SeahawksFanCave Instagram Ticket Giveaway, 5424 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105, by November 30, 2017.  Rules are available at https://www.windermere.com/blogs/windermere/posts/2017-windermere-fan-cave-giveaway-official-rules

 

This Giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Instagram.

 

The National Football League, its member professional football clubs (including the Seattle Seahawks), NFL Ventures, L.P., NFL Ventures, Inc., NFL Properties LLC, NFL Enterprises LLC, NFL Productions LLC, NFL International LLC and each of their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, shareholders, officers, directors, agents, representatives and employees (collectively, the “NFL Entities”) will have no liability or responsibility for any claim arising in connection with participation in this promotion or any prize awarded. The NFL Entities have not offered or sponsored this Giveaway in any way. 

Idaho Real Estate Market Update

 

ECONOMIC OVERVIEW

Idaho added 15,000 new jobs over the past 12 months, a growth of 2.1%. We have noticed a drop in the annual growth rate compared to 2016 but this is nothing to be concerned about. The state is at full employment and it is natural to see a slowdown in growth at this point in the economic cycle.

In September, the state unemployment rate was 2.8%—a figure not seen since records started being kept in 1976. The labor force continues to expand thanks to the robust economy. I anticipate that Idaho will continue to outperform the U.S. in growth for the balance of the year as well as into 2018.

 

HOME SALES ACTIVITY

  • Third quarter home sales rose by 6.2% compared to the same period last year, with a total of 6,822 homes changing hands.
  • Sales rose the fastest in Blaine County, which had a 42.6% increase over the third quarter of 2016. In the north, sales grew the most in Bonner County, which saw a 21.5% increase.
  • Year-over-year sales dropped in two of three Northern Idaho counties in this report, but rose in all counties in the Southern Idaho market areas.
  • Listing inventory rose modestly in Shoshone County but fell in the two other Northern Idaho markets. Southern Idaho saw a mixed bag, with listings higher in Valley County and marginally up in Payette County while the other three counties saw listing activity decline.

 

 

HOME PRICES

  • The average home price in the region rose 11% year-over-year to $300,265.
  • Blaine County led the market with the strongest annual price growth. Homes there sold for 25.4% more than a year ago.
  • All but two counties in this report saw home prices increase compared to the third quarter of 2016, with two showing double-digit gains.
  • Home prices in Shoshone and Payette Counties decreased modestly last quarter, but I do not believe this will be an ongoing trend.

 

 

 

DAYS ON MARKET

  • The average number of days it took to sell a home in the region dropped 16 days when compared to the third quarter of 2016.
  • It took an average of 105 days to sell a home in Northern Idaho and 75 days in the southern part of the state.
  • Homes in all three Northern Idaho counties took less time to sell than they did in the same quarter of 2016, and all the southern counties—other than Valley—saw a drop in the time it took a home to sell.
  • Homes sold the fastest in Ada and Canyon Counties, where it took an average of 32 days for a home to sell.

 

 

CONCLUSIONS

The speedometer reflects the state of the region’s housing market using housing inventory, price gains, home sales, interest rates, and larger economic factors. Consumer confidence in the housing market seems to have returned, causing the markets in this report to perform well overall and for home prices to continue trending upward.

The market remains out of balance with more buyers than sellers. But because of
the mixed data, I have chosen to leave the needle at the same position as last quarter. The Idaho economy, specifically in Ada and Canyon Counties, remains robust and this will allow the housing market to expand further for the foreseeable future.

 

Matthew Gardner is the Chief Economist for Windermere Real Estate, specializing in residential market analysis, commercial/industrial market analysis, financial analysis, and land use and regional economics. He is the former Principal of Gardner Economics, and has more than 30 years of professional experience both in the U.S. and U.K.

 
 
 
 
 
If you are in the market to buy or sell, we can connect you with an experienced agent here.

Central Washington Real Estate Market Update

 

ECONOMIC OVERVIEW

The Washington State economy added 79,600 new jobs over the past 12 months. This impressive growth rate—2.4%—is well above the national rate of 1.2%. However, as we anticipated in last quarter’s report, we are seeing a modest slowdown in the growth rate as the state moves closer to full employment. Expansion has taken place in all major job sectors other than Aerospace (a function of a slowdown at Boeing). Seeing this current rate of expansion, I am raising my employment forecast and now predict that Washington will add 81,000 new jobs in 2017.


Given the robust job market, it is unsurprising that the state unemployment rate continues to fall. The current unemployment rate in Washington State is 4.6% and we are, essentially, at full employment. Additionally, all counties contained within this report reported a drop in their unemployment rate from a year ago.

 

HOME SALES ACTIVITY

  • Home sales throughout Central Washington were a mixed bag in the third quarter. Only one county saw sales rise compared to a year ago and three markets contracted. In total, there were 1,205 home sales in the quarter—a drop of 4.3% from the same period in 2016 but an increase of 3.1% over the second quarter of this year.
  • Sales rose in Okanogan County, which had an impressive 17.3% increase over the third quarter of 2016.
  • The number of pending home sales—an indicator of future closings—was down in all counties except Okanogan.
  • The supply of homes for sale remains an issue as inventory was down 15.6% compared to the third quarter of last year. The market is clearly starved of inventory, which continues to push home prices higher and slow sales velocities.

 

 

HOME PRICES

  • Year-over-year, the average home price in the region rose by 10.5% to $278,563. Price growth remains well above the long-term average as demand exceeds supply.
  • Only Kittitas County saw relatively modest price increases while the other three counties had impressive price increases.
  • All counties in this report saw prices rise when compared to the third quarter of 2016. Chelan County led the way with an increase of 19.3%.
  • The takeaway here is that home-price growth continues at above-average rates due to very limited supply. I anticipate that the rate of appreciation will start to taper, but not until next year.

 

 

DAYS ON MARKET

  • The average number of days it took to sell a home dropped 22 days when compared to the third quarter of 2016.
  • The average time it took to sell a home in the region was 73 days, matching the second quarter of this year.
  • All the markets contained in this report saw days on market drop from the same quarter in 2016.
  • Homes sold the fastest in Kittitas County, where it took an average of 40 days to sell a home. The greatest drop in the time it took to sell a home was in Chelan County, where it took 35 fewer days than in the third quarter of last year.

 

 

CONCLUSIONS

This speedometer reflects the state of the region’s housing market using housing inventory, price gains, home sales, interest rates, and larger economic factors. For the third quarter of 2017, I moved the needle a little more into sellers’ territory. Prices are still trending higher than average due to inventory issues that remain stubbornly in place. The balance of this year will favor sellers as demand continues to exceed supply.

 

 

Matthew Gardner is the Chief Economist for Windermere Real Estate, specializing in residential market analysis, commercial/industrial market analysis, financial analysis, and land use and regional economics. He is the former Principal of Gardner Economics, and has over 25 years of professional experience both in the U.S. and U.K.

 

 

 


If you are in the market to buy or sell, we can connect you with an experienced agent here.

Oregon and Southwest Washington Real Estate Market Update

 

ECONOMIC OVERVIEW

The State of Oregon has added 37,400 new jobs over the past 12 months, with solid gains in Construction (+11,600), Education & Health Services (+9,000), and Trade, Transportation & Utilities (+8,000) sectors. Year-over-year, employment in Oregon has risen 2.0%.

In September, the state unemployment rate was 4.2%—up from 3.7% at the end of the second quarter but down from 4.9% in September 2016. The civilian labor force continues to grow and I fully anticipate that the state’s economy will perform well in 2018, though somewhat slower than 2017.

 

HOME SALES ACTIVITY

  • Third quarter home sales dropped by a very modest 1.5% when compared to the same period last year, with a total of 18,724 homes sold.
  • Sales rose the fastest in Klickitat County, which had a 34.3% increase over the third quarter of 2016. There were also noticeable sales increases in Lincoln, Polk, Klamath, Clatsop, and Hood River Counties. Home sales fell the most in Tillamook, Washington, and Wasco Counties.
  • Year-over-year sales rose in 13 counties, but dropped in the other 13.
  • The low level of available inventory continues to affect the market, causing sales to slow.

 

 

HOME PRICES

 

  • The average home price in the region rose 9.4% year-over-year to $368,292. This is also up 1.5% from the second quarter of 2017.
  • Skamania County led the market with the strongest annual price growth. Homes there sold for 31.4% more than a year ago.
  • All counties other than Wasco County experienced rising prices when compared to the third quarter of 2016, and a majority saw significant, double-digit increases.
  • Interest rates in the third quarter dropped by one tenth of a point from Q2, which likely allowed home price growth to rise at a faster rate than earlier in the year.

 

 

DAYS ON MARKET

  • The average number of days it took to sell a home in the region dropped by 14 days compared to the third quarter of 2016, and was down 9 days from the second quarter of this year.
  • The average time it took to sell a home in the region last quarter was 67 days.
  • Only four counties saw the length of time it took to sell a home rise compared to a year ago, but I do not see this as a major issue.
  • Homes sold the fastest in Washington and Multnomah Counties, where it took an average of just 21 and 24 days, respectively, for homes to sell.

 

 

CONCLUSIONS

The speedometer reflects the state of the region’s housing market using housing inventory, price gains, home sales, interest rates, and larger economic factors. Housing markets throughout Oregon continue to benefit greatly from the healthy regional economy.

The Oregon/SW Washington housing market remains remarkably strong and, given that inventory levels are unlikely to increase as we head toward the end of the year, sellers remain in the driver’s seat. I have, therefore, moved the needle slightly more toward sellers for the third quarter.

 

Matthew Gardner is the Chief Economist for Windermere Real Estate, specializing in residential market analysis, commercial/industrial market analysis, financial analysis, and land use and regional economics. He is the former Principal of Gardner Economics, and has more than 30 years of professional experience both in the U.S. and U.K.

 

 

 

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Eastern Washington Real Estate Market Update

 

ECONOMIC OVERVIEW

Employment growth in Washington State continues to slow as it moves closer to full employment. The state added 79,600 jobs between August 2016 and August 2017, and I still predict that we will see an additional 70,000 jobs by the end of the year.

Eastern Washington has seen a pickup in employment, with 15,307 jobs added over the past 12 months. The growth rate has slowed to 3.1% and is expected to continue falling through the balance of the year.

 

HOME SALES ACTIVITY

  • Similar to the second quarter, home sales throughout Eastern Washington were a mixed bag. Year-over-year home sales rose in two markets and decreased in five. In total, there were 4,165 home sales in the quarter—an increase of 2.3% over the third quarter of 2016 and 8.7% higher than the second quarter of 2017.
  • Sales rose at the fastest rate in Grant County, which increased by 16.3% versus a year ago. That said, the market is relatively small so sales can fluctuate quite dramatically.
  • Sales fell in five counties, mainly due to low inventory levels. With the number of pending sales varying across the Eastern Washington region, I expect to see sales fluctuate across all counties in the fourth quarter.
  • The number of homes for sale was down by 6.3% year-over-year. Inventory is clearly an issue and will continue to push up home prices (see more, below).

 

 

HOME PRICES

  • Year-over-year, the average home price in the region rose by 7.8% to $249,238, and prices were up by 3% compared to last quarter. Price growth has been moderating across the region, but several counties continue to see well-above-average appreciation.
  • Limited inventory continues to drive prices higher and this is unlikely to change as we move into the winter months.
  • All of the counties in this report saw prices rise when compared to the third quarter of 2016. Benton County led the way with an increase of 12.7%.
  • The takeaway here is that home-price growth continues at above-average rates and, as long as mortgage rates remain favorable to would-be buyers, prices will continue to rise.

 

 

DAYS ON MARKET

  • The average number of days it took to sell a home dropped by 15 days when compared to the third quarter of 2016.
  • The average time it took to sell a home in the region was 48 days.
  • All areas contained in this report saw the time it took to sell a home drop from the same quarter in 2016.
  • Grant and Whitman Counties had the biggest drop in days on market. Homes sold 26 days faster in Grant County and 24 days faster in Whitman County than at this time last year.

 

 

CONCLUSIONS

This speedometer reflects the state of the region’s housing market using housing inventory, price gains, home sales, interest rates, and larger economic factors. Given the drop in listings, increase in pending and closed sales, and rising home prices in third quarter, I moved the needle a little more in favor of sellers. The fall and winter months will continue favoring sellers with demand exceeding supply.

 

 

Matthew Gardner is the Chief Economist for Windermere Real Estate, specializing in residential market analysis, commercial/industrial market analysis, financial analysis, and land use and regional economics. He is the former Principal of Gardner Economics, and has more than 30 years of professional experience both in the U.S. and U.K.

 
 
 
 
 
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