What will the real estate market in Seattle be like in the next few months in 2022? Has inventory increased, or will there continue to be a shortage in housing supply?
There are so many questions that Seattle homebuyers have about the housing market in the city. And one of those questions is, how much inventory will they have to choose from in 2022?
After all, the housing supply plays a key role in the temperature of the market and what the average price of homes in Seattle are. There are some new trends and developments to report.
Seattle Housing Market Has Less Inventory in 2022
Recent forecasts suggested that home prices will keep climbing in Seattle throughout 2022, likely at roughly the same pace as the last year. That was true up until just last week, when Zillow predicted a healthy increase in home prices over the next 12 months in Seattle as the market started heating up over the past few months.
Despite the recent health crisis, home prices in Seattle have increased at a healthy rate over the last 12 months in Seattle. According to Zillow, Seattle home prices increased 12.1% over the past year.
A big factor in the Seattle housing market right now has to do with inventory. For the past few years, the city has experienced a severe shortage of homes for sale.
That’s partly why prices have risen so fast. But despite a slight rise in inventory growth within the Seattle-area real estate market recently – which we reported on before – inventory still continues to be very tight, and will likely continue that trend into the near future.
Health Pandemic Having an Impact on Inventory in Seattle
According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), national housing inventory of unsold existing homes dropped to an all-time low in December 2021 to 1.8-months’ supply. And inventory in larger markets – like Seattle – have also dropped.
As far as the Seattle Metro Area is concerned, active listing counts dropped 47.2% year-over-year, according to Realtor.com.
The news is much more dire in the surrounding King County.
There is just a 0.27-month supply of homes available for sale in King County, leaving buyers with little to choose from. Based on this, there are fewer homes being listed on the market, and therefore fewer homes for buyers in Seattle to choose from.
This means that home buyers today do not have as many properties to choose from. This shortage in inventory has made Seattle a very competitive housing market right now, according to Redfin.
Most homes are receiving multiple offers and are selling for about 2% over the asking price, on average. Homes are going pending in an average of 8 days, while hot properties are selling in as little as 5 days at sale prices 5% over the listing price.
But it will be interesting to see what the housing market continues to do going forward. In the meantime, home prices are still high in Seattle at a current average home price of $900,084, though forecasts suggest that prices will not stray too far over the coming months.
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Disclaimer: This article contains data and forecasts provided by third parties outside of our company. Housing and economic forecasts should be viewed as an educated guess, not a certainty. We have gathered them here as a service to our blog readers.
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