Though Seattle and the Eastside both reported slight decreases in the average median sales price from the second to third quarter of 2018, home prices on Bainbridge Island increased on a quarterly basis, from $865,000 in the second quarter of 2018 to $912,000 in the third quarter. This 5.4% quarter-by-quarter increase is larger than the 2.3% year-over-year gain, and may be attributed to a shortage of supply.
Though other areas around Puget Sound experienced increased inventory in Q2-2018, Bainbridge Island saw a decrease in homes for sale with just 1.8 months of inventory. The number of homes sold likewise decreased, while the average sales price remained relatively steady between Q2-2017 and Q2-2018 at $965,000 and $972,000, respectively.
Offering an abundance of saltwater frontage and stellar city and mountain views, it’s no surprise that Bainbridge Island stands as a prime commuter market and destination for those that want to live an idyllic lifestyle with easy access to the Pacific Northwest’s fabulous recreation and the hustle and bustle of the city. Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty recently released waterfront stats from around the Sound, revealing what’s been happening on the Island since the start of 2018.
Market data from the fourth quarter of 2017 indicates that Bainbridge Island continues to attract buyers, as the number of homes sold was up slightly from Q4-2016 despite a sharp 32.9% inventory decrease. Fierce competition paired with a lack of inventory is driving up prices, as the median sales price rose 14.8% to $972,000.