The market slowdown that began in the fourth quarter of 2018 continued into the first quarter of 2019, with the median sales price of single-family homes on Bainbridge Island settling at $843,000, a 6.33% retracement from the first quarter of 2018 (when homes sold for $900,000). In the first quarter of 2018, we reported a sharp decline in inventory, however as was the case in many markets, inventory rose on Bainbridge Island in Q1-2019, pushing into a neutral market, with 3.2 months of inventory.
The data for 2018 is in and Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty has put together a comprehensive market report that covers eight key counties and 31 regional markets around the Puget Sound. Below, I’ve outlined trends from Kitsap County, Bainbridge Island and Poulsbo for you to consider as we move into the busiest sales season of the year in our real estate market.
As we closed 2018, the real estate market on Bainbridge Island underwent its typical seasonal slowdown. Many buyers elected to take a break from their home searches and some sellers also paused, as inventory fell to a low of 1.6 months. Though there were fewer sales, home values did not depreciate, as the median sales price reached $1,035,000, the highest figure reported on a quarterly basis in all of 2018.
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.