Tri-Cities Real Estate Market Update: November 2019

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Remember that trend we talked about a month ago? The one where active listings kept going up a bit each month and the number of homes sold kept dropping a bit each month? Well, for one month we can say this: nevermind. :-/

In one sentence: Most of the changes we talked about last month were reversed this month, and in some cases the reversals were almost to the exact number. Consider this: Two months ago, the Tri-Cities area had 721 active listings; when we checked this week, it was 729. Two months ago, we reported 437 homes sold; this month, we’re reporting 432 homes sold. Two months ago, the median sales price was $305,900; this month, it’s $304,000. It’s like last month almost never happened.

But to be fair, the market still isn’t as tight as it was this summer. As you see above, our current count of actives/sold is 729/432. In July, it was 563/447. So overall, we still have more balance than a few months ago … but we also still have a long way to go before the market is truly balanced.

There are some interesting things we should talk about when comparing November 2019 with a year ago — look for that in an upcoming blog post. In the meantime, here are some other things to know about this month’s stats:

  • On the whole, you have to say that home prices across the area have settled. June was the first month we ever had a median of more than $300K — it hit $302,950 that month. But since then, the median price has been up and down and we’re at $304,000 right now. That’s very little growth over the course of five months. I consider this a Good Thing because slow-and-steady appreciation wins the proverbial race and helps us avoid a “housing bubble” situation. (For years back in the day, the Tri-Cities real estate market grew at about 1-3% annual appreciation, sometimes a little higher.)
  • We had a streak of six straight months with active inventory going up, but that’s over now. Still, this month we see only 14 fewer homes on the market than a month ago, and that’s nothing to be alarmed about.
  • This is the first month since March that the homes sold in all six cities we watch have a double-digit days on market (DOM). (You may recall that most of us were digging out from snow and ice back then.)
  • The 168 homes sold last month in Kennewick is the highest that number’s been all year.
  • In Richland, the current count of 210 active homes is the highest that number’s been all year.

Give us a call, text or email if you ever have questions about the housing stats here in the Tri-Cities, or even in your specific neighborhood. We’ll be keeping a close eye on the market to help our clients make the best decisions for their buying or selling situations!

(*Remember that days on market can sometimes be skewed by how new construction homes are processed in the MLS.)

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Cari McGee

My husband and I came to the Tri-Cities in 1994, and we thought it would be a temporary stop on our way to larger cities. He was a television sports anchor at the time, and we planned to go wherever the "next step up" took us. Twenty-plus years later, we're still here and we've loved every minute of it! We have two children now, and we've found the Tri-Cities area is a wonderful place to raise a family. It's a great place to do outdoorsy things -- I like to hike Badger Mountain or run along the river path. I also love reading ... by a cozy fire in the winter or a beautiful picture window in the summer (with the A/C on!). I've been a licensed Realtor since 2004. I earned my managing broker's license in 2016, which means I can run my own brokerage, or create a team of real estate agents and supervise them, which is exactly what I did when I formed the Cari McGee Real Estate Team in 2018! We have administrative and marketing personnel, as well as additional agents to serve you. I became a director of the Tri-Cities Association of Realtors Board of Directors in 2016, became Secretary/Treasurer of the organization, and was elected to Vice President in 2019. Want to talk about real estate? Click here to schedule a meeting with me!

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