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Bellingham Real Estate Market Report September 2017
Here's a quick look at the Bellingham Real Estate Market Report for September 2017 for residential home sales.
The number of residential sales for the month was 69 that is 58 less than September 2016 and the 45 less than last month.
The Average sales price of $440,418 is up by 6% compared to September 2016 and down 5% from last month.
The number of homes for sales has been going up, there are now 3.4 months of inventory on the market, (if no new homes came on the market and sales rate was same as it is today, they would all be sold in . 3.4 months). This is the highest it has been in almost 2 years, This and the fact that the number of homes sold was very low in September suggests the market is cooling off a bit. That said there is not much new construction.
Inventory is up a bit from the past few months but still extremely low at 218 homes for sale the day I write this. Any home priced right is still snapped up quickly often with multiple offers. There are only 19 homes on the market under $300,00 and as of today the least expensive home on the market is $229,000 and that looks like a teardown, so it's an expensive lot. This is making it extremely difficult for first-time buyers.
There are still buyers out there today looking for new homes but there is still a limited amount of homes for them to choose from.
Multiple offers are still very common in this market for any desirable home.
Interest rates are slightly on the rise again, and my guess is they will continue to rise.
Buyer's, get a pre-approval letter from your lender ready to submit with your offer if you are in a competitive market that may change soon.
If you don't have it yet, start gathering the documents you will need to get one, which is usually 2 years of tax returns and 2 or 3 months of pay stubs. Check with your preferred lender or let me know if you need a recommendation to a good lender.
Want to learn more about the market let’s talk! If you have any questions or want to see any Bellingham Real Estate feel free to email me or give me a call at 360-739-6981
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