We’ve noticed a definite shift in the local housing market since early July.  Showing activity has dropped off, and bidding wars are less common than they were in the spring.

Third Quarter Market Update
for University Place

It remains a seller’s market and home prices continue to rise, but the intensity of the housing market has cooled. New listings that would have yielded 30-40 showings in the spring are only seeing 10-15 showings in the current market. Instead of a dozen offers, new listings are now more likely to generate one or two.
This market slowdown was the subject of a recent report from iBuying giant Opendoor, which indicated that almost 40% of potential homebuyers have put their housing search on hold. The most common reasons cited were persistent concerns about COVID-19 and feeling overwhelmed by the frenzied pace of the housing market. We expect many of these buyers will return to the market by early 2022, if not before, but the pace of the housing market will be more measured than it has been.

168 single family homes were sold in zip codes 98466 and 98467 in the third quarter of 2021 – essentially unchanged from the third quarter of 2020.  Housing inventory levels remain incredibly low.

Current Market Conditions

    • The current median home price in University Place and Fircrest is $603,000 – 21% higher than it was just 12 months ago. While this rate of appreciation is undeniably high, it’s important to note that it’s lower than the year over year price gains we saw in the spring. Further evidence that the market may be tapering.
  • Some sellers have been overestimating what the market will bear when pricing their homes for sale, necessitating more price reductions than we’ve seen in the recent past.
  • Based on a poll of 40 housing analysts, a recent Reuters report predicts a 5-6% increase in home prices nationwide in calendar 2022. Gains in hotter markets like North Tacoma will likely be higher than that, but not nearly as high as the gains we’ve seen for the past few years.
  • Even with historically low interest rates, homes in University Place and Fircrest are increasingly unaffordable, particularly for first time home buyers.
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Covered deck with its own gas fireplace

In the current real estate marketplace, it remains critical for buyers and sellers to seek expert advice.  If you’re thinking about buying or selling a home in the area, please contact us to discuss how we can put our knowledge and experience to work for you.

Mark Pinto is a top-producing Realtor with Windermere Chambers Bay, specializing in residential real estate in Tacoma, Gig Harbor, University Place and Lakewood.

Mark Pinto: (253) 318-0923

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