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Tri-Cities Real Estate: Still a Very Strong Seller’s Market

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I’ve been attending a lot of conferences recently, and at each one there’s always talk of a market shift occurring. Headlines in national real estate publications are trumpeting a change to a more balanced market, with neither sellers nor buyers having an advantage.

Even locally, the fall of 2018 was different than autumns of the past. The market slowed down when it usually picks up — right after the kids go back to school. So we asked our team’s ace statistician and marketing man, Matt McGee, to do some research and uncover what’s really going on.

What did we discover?

The shift others are talking about is most definitely not happening here in the Tri-Cities. In fact, we’re in an incredibly strong seller’s market, as the attached figures show. Low inventory is still a concern, because as you can see, few homes are staying on the market for long before being snapped up.

Above, you can see that more than half of all sales in March (51.5%) sold at or above asking price. And homes are also selling really quickly — the median for all homes was 11 days on market. And don’t miss the stat on the bottom — more than a third of homes that sold in March sold at or above asking price AND in 7 days or less!

Long story short — this is a great time to be a seller!

If you’ve been following our monthly market updates, you might be wondering where’s the graphic with the data for each town in the area. No worries, we have that below.

Notice below how overall inventory (active listings) are down, while the number of homes sold last month was up. That’s what’s contributing to this active seller’s market we’re in!

As always, give us a call, text or email if you ever have questions about the housing stats here in the Tri-Cities, or in your specific neighborhood.

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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. I became a director of the Tri-Cities Association of Realtors Board of Directors in 2016. I am on the Budget and Finance Committee there, as well. I love serving the citizens of this community, and my fellow Realtors, too. Want to talk about real estate? Click here to schedule a meeting with me!

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