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Mukilteo Real Estate and Living

by Michael & Leilani West

Mukilteo real estate is off to a blazing start for 2018 with homes selling faster and for more than any other time in the last 10 years!

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Live Love Mukilteo June Edition

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The Mukilteo Real Estate market is smoking hot this year!

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Mukilteo Real Estate Market 2017

by Michael & Leilani McCormick-West

The 2017 Mukilteo real estate market is off to a very interesting start! As of today there are only about 18 homes for sale in Mukilteo. Homes that have come on the market in January that are in good condition and priced correctly are selling in a matter days. If you are looking to sell your Mukilteo home do not wait. The buyer demand is very high and there is very little for sale. Looming interest rate hikes and an uncertain economy could make prices level off or come down if you wait too long.

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Mukilteo Real Estate is definately a sellers market!

by Michael & Leilani McCormick-West

KIRKLAND, Washington (February 4, 2016) - Depleted inventory is contributing to "overwhelming" traffic at open houses, shifts in strategies for both buyers and sellers, and escalating prices, according to officials with the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. Dick Beeson, a former chairman of the MLS board, said the lack of inventory in almost every county is, "without question, a 2016 game changer." He described traffic at open houses as sometimes simply overwhelming. "There haven't been any battle royals on the premises, but it could happen any day now," quipped Beeson, the principal managing broker at RE/MAX Professionals in Tacoma. The latest figures show a drop of nearly 28 percent in the number of active listings in the MLS database compared to a year ago. Members added 6,670 new listings during the month across 23 counties in the MLS service area. That's down nearly 4.6 percent from twelve months ago. At month end, members reported 12,357 active listings, which compares to 17,082 at the end of January 2015. Measured another way, there is just under 2.5 months of inventory which compares to 3.8 months the MLS reported for January 2015. Supply was especially tight in King County, at 1.4 months of inventory, and Snohomish County, with just under 1.6 months. Condo inventory (excluding single family homes) fell sharply, from 1,793 active listings a year ago to last month's total of 1,145 at month end, a plunge of 36 percent. In King County, the inventory of condos dropped 42 percent. For the area overall, there is just 1.7 months of condo inventory, with Snohomish County reporting the tightest supply (1.1 months) followed by King County (1.2 months). The inventory shortage took a toll on last month's sales. The number of pending sales (mutually accepted offers) fell about 5.3 percent area-wide during January, although half the counties in the report tallied increases compared to a year ago. The 5.3 percent drop marked the first negative change in year-over-year comparisons since April 2014. Member brokers reported 7,253 pending sales last month, down from 7,658 for the same month a year ago. Despite January's downturn, industry leaders remain upbeat. "Only three other Januarys since 2000 had more homes go under contract in the four-county region area of King, Snohomish, Pierce and Kitsap counties," noted Mike Grady, president and COO of Coldwell Banker Bain. "This, in the face of stock market scares, shows the viability of real estate as the better investment for both homeowners and investors," he suggested. Commenting on last month's activity in King County, MLS director Joe Deasy said sales are down nearly 15 percent compared to last January because inventory is down more than 31 percent. "Demand is still really strong based on multiple offers and high-volume open house traffic," added Deasy, the co-general manager of Windermere Real Estate/East. Other industry leaders agreed. "We're selling virtually all new listings, many with multiple offers in all the market areas of King, Snohomish, Pierce and Kitsap counties in the price range where 90 percent of the sales activity is happening," said J. Lennox Scott, chairman and CEO of John L. Scott. Scott also said his analysis of the number of homes selling in the first 30 days is double what a normal, healthy market would look like. "The Greater Seattle area housing market remains out of equilibrium," stated OB Jacobi, president of Windermere Real Estate. He said sales will continue to suffer at the current pace of transactions without adding new inventory. "At the same time, prices will continue to appreciate and could outperform our expectations if inventory levels and mortgage rates remain at current levels." MLS director Frank Wilson said the Kitsap County market is "taking off again right out of the gate," adding, "We are seeing an increase in open house activity as well as more multiple offer situations." Wilson said Kitsap County, where there is only 2.4 months of inventory, is "deep into a seller's market." He expects the market will become more unbalanced throughout the first half of 2016. "First-time home buyers are probably being hit the hardest in this type of market," observed Wilson, the branch managing broker at John L. Scott's Poulsbo office. In general, he said financial resources are thin for this segment, their confidence is low, and the types of loans they use are often not as favorable. A strong fourth quarter in 2015 is reflected in January's closed sales of single family homes and condos (combined), which rose 11.6 percent from a year ago. Members reported 4,985 completed transactions; a year ago, they tallied 4,467 closings. The year-over-year median price on these sales increased 7.5 percent, rising from $279,000 to $300,000. Ten counties reported double-digit gains. Single family home prices (excluding condos) jumped 7.6 percent from a year ago for the area overall. For the four-county Puget Sound region, the median price for a single family home rose 12 percent, from $325,000 a year ago to last month's figure of $363,975. Snohomish County reported the largest increase at 16.6 percent. A comparison of prices by county shows King County tops the chart with a median sales price of $490,970, up 11.2 percent from a year ago. Condo prices spiked 16.3 percent from a year ago, rising from $219,900 to $255,750. Rapidly rising prices and low inventory are worrisome, according to some brokers. "A true conundrum exists," said George Moorhead, designated broker at Bentley Properties. "For sellers there is no better time in history, but the concern we hear is there's no place to move." He said since most sellers are looking to move up to larger homes, the ripple effect is "more like a tidal wave as it rolls back to the first-time buyers in the market who are quickly getting priced out of the possibility of purchasing a home." Moorhead, a member of the Northwest MLS board of directors, reported doing a recent search of homes for sale in Bellevue with asking prices between $500,000 and $800,000. That search yielded only about a dozen properties in the database, a result he described as "staggering" and well below the norm. Despite such challenges and complaints by buyers, Moorhead said buyers are still presenting offers that are very aggressive. The increasingly competitive market is prompting hesitation among some would-be sellers, reported Bobbie Chipman, principal managing broker at John L. Scott in Puyallup. She said potential sellers are expressing reluctance to list their existing home prior to finding a home to move into due to limited inventory. "A strong strategy is for sellers to list their home, sell and close, and move into temporary housing," suggested Chipman, one of the MLS directors. "This approach allows offers to be written that are not conditioned upon their sale closing, and it strengthens their position as a buyer," she explained. Echoing the notion of being flexible, Frank Wilson said a seller's decision to accept an offer does not come down to sales price alone. "Type of loan, lender, closing time, amount of earnest money, and other concessions like closing costs and offer price all play into a seller's decision," he stated. "On top of that, a seller can choose any offer for any reason, even a lower price offer if other variables are favorable. Escalation clauses, back-up offers and finding funds or a bridge loan are all tools that buyers will need to employ to be successful in today's market."

Please consider helping 2 Mukilteo familys who lost everything in a house fire.

by Michael & Leilani McCormick-West

Wednesday August 5th, in our small town of Mukilteo two homeowners lost their homes and everything in it, because of a fire. Everyone got out okay, but they are still looking for their beloved dog Ottie (unfortunately, we have learned that Ottie didn't survive the fire) . The Kornegay family and the Nelson family have lived in this community for a very long time. Mukilteo is such a strong community and now is a time to help support our neighbors in a time of need. I know our community will stand strong behind these families and let them know we are here to help and support you. Thank you so much and any little bit will help.

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Early Spring Brings Many More Buyers To The Mukilteo Real Estate Market Than Sellers!

by Michael & Leilani McCormick-West
Early Spring Brings Bumper Crop of Homebuyers Who Face Inventory Drought KIRKLAND, Washington (March 5, 2015) - Favorable weather and restored confidence are propelling home buying activity around Western Washington to the highest level in nearly a decade, according to Northwest Multiple Listing Service sources. "The pent-up demand being unleashed has rocketed pending sales back to the levels of our record year in 2006," said Ken Anderson, president/designated broker at Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty in Tumwater. Buyers have come off the sidelines, the former MLS director commented, adding "At the same time, homes for sale are near a 10-year low." Northwest MLS figures show pending sales system-wide surged 18.7 percent in February compared to the same month a year ago, rising from 7,247 mutually accepted offers to 8,599. Twenty of the 23 counties in the service area reported double-digit increases in pending sales. Those numbers might be even higher given the ample supply of buyers, but inventory is far from ample. "Listings are flying off the shelf faster than allergy medicine in this early spring market," quipped MLS director Frank Wilson, the branch managing broker at John L. Scott, Inc. Poulsbo. He said the brisk activity is posing challenges for buyers. "They will probably make several offers before one is accepted and they just need to expect to be competing with others," he cautioned. Northwest MLS broker-members added more new listings to the database during February than 12 months ago (7,852 last month versus 7,234), but the higher sales volume kept inventory levels well below year-ago totals. The MLS reported 16,946 total active listings at month end. That compares to a total of 19,273 for the same month a year ago for a drop of about 12 percent. John Deely, principal managing broker at Coldwell Banker Bain, also commented on the imbalanced market. "The early spring weather has brought a bumper crop of buyers to a market experiencing a drought of listings." The MLS director said activity in Seattle continues to move "at the fastest pace in memory." It is not uncommon for weekend open houses to draw upwards of 100 group visits and bidding competitions, he reported. "Multiple offers rule the day, with many bids at 20 percent over well-priced properties around Greater Seattle." For the 4,761 sales of single family homes and condominiums that closed during February, the median price was $280,000. That reflects a gain of about 6.5 percent from the year-ago sales price of $263,000. The volume of closed sales jumped about 13.5 percent from a year ago. Brokers reported 4,761 closed sales last month, which compares to 4,196 for the same month a year ago. For single family homes, which accounted for 86 percent of all sales, the median price system-wide jumped about 7.4 percent, rising from $270,000 to $289,925. A comparison of the four-county Puget Sound region shows single family homes in King County had the highest median price at $429,900 (up 6 percent from a year ago), followed by Snohomish County where February's completed transactions commanded a median price of $330,00 for a year-over-year gain of nearly 4.8 percent. Kitsap's median price was $238,903; in Pierce it was $233,000. Condo prices increased 6.7 percent year-over-year, from $215,500 to $230,000. The total number of sales increased 6.7 percent. "February was a very robust month," observed Gary O'Leyar, a past chairman of the Northwest MLS board. "If there is any real estate market slowdown, we're not seeing it," he said, suggesting doubters look at King County's Eastside corridor for new or newer high end homes in the $900,000-plus price range. Northwest MLS figures show 68 homes sold for $900,000-plus in its Eastside segment during the first two months of 2015, outgaining the same period a year ago when brokers sold 36 such homes. "Be prepared to get in line to get into the new home pipeline," O'Leyar advised. The market for waterfront homes also appears to be gaining momentum. "This is the year for waterfront homes in Kitsap," reported Frank Wilson, noting they have been the last to recover price wise. "Values for waterfront homes were pretty flat in 2014 and they should start appreciating in 2015," he said. "In the future, buyers will say 'I wish I would have bought a waterfront home back when they were affordable.' Today they are affordable." "Undeniably, our unusual spring-like weather has not only fueled and jump started an early allergy season, but the market as well," suggested Diedre Haines, Coldwell Banker Bain's principal managing broker for South Snohomish County. Characterizing the market as "exceedingly active," she noted garden shops, home improvement stores, furniture stores and other retailers that sell home-related items are also experiencing high levels of activity. Dick Beeson, the principal managing broker at RE/MAX Professionals in Tacoma and a member of the Northwest MLS board of directors, believes the market is adjusting to scarce inventory and the abundance in the buyer population in the form of multiple offers and frustrated buyers and sellers. "But buyers will not be dissuaded," he believes, in part because they anticipate hikes in interest rates. "Sellers are frustrated because they can't find replacement homes. Some won't list their homes because of fear of not finding a suitable replacement," Beeson believes. "This cycle will work its way out as spring brings more inventory, hopefully, and sellers give in and say they trust there will be a home for them somewhere," Beeson stated. Like Beeson, brokers around the Northwest MLS service area are clamoring for listings: "Hopefully, more potential sellers will seize this market window of opportunity as a good time to sell before the regional real estate market does finally start to level out and take a breath; which it will eventually." -- Gary O'Leyar, Berkshire Hathaway HomeService Signature Properties. "We desperately need inventory. Potential sellers of all shapes, sizes, price ranges and locations should be contacting their brokers and jumping off the proverbial fence." -- Diedre Haines, Coldwell Banker Bain. "Sellers haven't experienced a market this favorable since those frothy days (of 10 years ago). With home prices now consistently on the rise, savvy sellers looking to trade up know this is the time to make that move." -- Ken Anderson, Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty. "The housing market is on fire," said J. Lennox Scott, chairman and CEO of John L. Scott Real Estate. "Due to the backlog of buyers and shortage of homes available for sale, we are experiencing multiple offers on nearly every new listing. This is creating price appreciation where 90-plus percentage of the sales activity is taking place." Northwest Multiple Listing Service, owned by its member real estate firms, is the largest full-service MLS in the Northwest. Its membership includes more than 23,000 real estate brokers. The organization, based in Kirkland, Wash., currently serves 23 counties in Washington state.

Mukilteo Real Estate Market Update

by Michael & Leilani McCormick-West

The Mukilteo Real Estate market has been real good this year, much the same as last year with a little less appreciation in prices.Still lots of interest to live in our beautiful city!


Mukilteo homes for sale are down by 3.1% over this time  last year.

Closed sales for homes in Mukilteo are up 4.2% over last year

So still a good time to be home seller or buyer here in Mukilteo.


Mukilteo Spring Market Heating Up!

by Michael & Leilani McCormick-West

3 Reasons to sell your Mukilteo home this spring!

Many Mukilteo home sellers are still hesitant about putting their house up for sale. Where are prices headed? Where are interest rates headed? These are all valid questions. However, there are several reasons to sell your home sooner rather than later. Here are three of those reasons. 1. Demand is about to skyrocket Most people realize that the housing market is hottest from April through June. The most serious buyers are well aware of this and, for that reason, come out in early spring in order to beat the heavy competition. We also have a pent-up demand as many buyers pushed off their home search this winter because of extreme weather. Sellers in markets where seasonal weather is never an issue must realize that buyers relocating to their region will increase dramatically this spring as these purchasers finally decide to escape the freezing temperatures of the winters in the north. These buyers are ready, willing and able to buy…and are in the market right now!

2. There Is Less Competition - For Now Housing supply always grows from the spring through the early summer. Also, there has been a growing desire for many homeowners to move as they were unable to sell over the last few years because of a negative equity situation.Mukilteo Homeowners have seen a return to positive equity as prices increased over the last eighteen months. Many of these homes will be coming to the market in the near future. The choices buyers have will continue to increase over the next few months. Don’t wait until all the other potential sellers in Mukilteo to put their homes up for sale.

3. There Will Never Be a Better Time to Move-Up If you are moving up to a larger, more expensive home, consider doing it now. Prices are projected to appreciate by approximately 4% this year and 8% by the end of 2015. If you are moving to a higher priced home, it will wind-up costing you more in raw dollars (both in down payment and mortgage payment) if you wait. You can also lock-in your 30 year housing expense with an interest rate at about 4.5% right now. Freddie Mac projects rates to be 5.1% by this time next year and 5.7% by the fourth quarter of 2015. Moving up to a new home will be less expensive this spring than later this year or next year. By the KCM crew

Mukilteo Real Estate Market Update

by Michael & Leilani McCormick-West

The Mukilteo Real Estate market is off to a great start, Many new listings coming on the market and buyers are responding by putting them under contract quickly in some cases. The following chart will show you how many homes are available in all of Mukilteo, how many are under contract and how many that have sold each month  You will notice that the available homes are declining and sales are steady, great time to be a seller and if you are a buyer don't wait too long as prices and interest rates are on the rise!

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Mukilteo featured on the Today show

by Michael & Leilani McCormick-West

Mukilteo makes the big time again appearing as the featured city on the Today show, take a few minutes and see why Mukilteo is such a great place to live!

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