Impact of COVID-19 on the Bainbridge Island Real Estate Market
What impact has covid-19 had on the bainbridge island real estate market?
Friday, may 29, 2020
First and foremost, we at Windermere are here for you remotely, with a commitment to get through this together. Governor Inslee's STAY HOME, STAY HEALTHY proclamation means real estate activities LIMITED; see below.
The good news this week is Kitsap County has moved to Phase 2. Learn more about our community health re: coronavirus at the county's website.
We’re seeing quite a switch in the supply & demand every week as activity recovers from all the factors at play in society right now. One week we’ll see lots of new listings and few new pending sales, the next week it’s the opposite. Now that Kitsap is in Phase 2, I hope to see increase in market activity.
- 11 new listings, which is flat week over week but less than normal for this time of year. I’ve had quite a few calls for potential new listings in the last week, so hopefully this is indicative of more supply coming online in the next few months.
- We saw 14 listings reach mutual acceptance last week between buyer and seller
- Up from the previous week’s 11, which is steadily higher than the 5 we saw two weeks ago, but still lower than normal for this time of year.
- We had just 7 sales close which is up from the previous week’s 4, but I believe is still reflective of April’s slowdown.
Today’s active inventory sits at just 62 homes, 18 condos, well below normal level for this time of year
- Over the last week, we saw everything from $268,000 condos to $1,748,000 high end homes go into contract.
- The new listings ranged from $499,000 to $1,798,000.
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Phase 2 restrictions on real estate activities
The protocols that must be followed for the permitted in-person activities include:
- In-person activities must be by appointment only;
- No more than three people, including the broker, may be at the property at any one time; and
- Those two persons must strictly follow social distancing guidelines established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) by remaining at least six feet apart at all times.
The revisions to the Order are limited to allow the following in-person activities, provided the above protocols are followed:
- Previews and showings of listings by appointment only;
- Listing presentations, photography, and creating virtual tours for new listings [Note: professional photographers are not considered “essential,” thus all photos must be taken by the broker or seller];
- Inspections for pending transactions;
- Appraisals for pending transactions;
- Buyer “walk-throughs” for pending transactions prior to closing; and
- Providing keys to buyers at closing.
How have best practices changed given the health crisis?
Guidelines and Forms
In the last two weeks, people-focused Windermere Real Estate has created materials for clients, and the legal teams at Windermere, NWMLS and WA Realtors have all worked to create FAQ sheets as well as new forms that can be used as part of a contract in a transaction during this unprecedented time.
Click here to access these materials, and please don't hesitate to reach out to me to ask questions.
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