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, june 12, 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 some stabilization in the number of active/pending sales week over week, which is encouraging that we may be off the roller coaster.
In the last 7 days, we saw:
- 13 new listings, which is down from 17 last week and about 2/3 of normal for this time of year.
- We saw 15 listings reach mutual acceptance last week between buyer and seller
- Flat week over week
- Steadily higher than the five we saw a month ago
- Still lower than normal for this time of year, but looks like it’s a level of activity that’s stabilizing
- We saw 13 sales close which is still reflective of the slowdown that was lingering into early May.
Today’s active inventory sits at just 55 homes, 17 condos, well below normal level for this time of year
- This last weeks new contracts were priced between $575,000 to $4.4M, all up and down the board
- Of the 13 new listings in the last week, seven are already in contract with a buyer. The market is moving fast when the price is right.
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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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