Shoreline, WA Real Estate Update: Winter Slowdown?

Is the market run-up that we’ve seen over the last year starting to taper off? We are still seeing 1-week Days On Market, as an abundance of buyers vie for a paucity of homes, but that doesn’t mean you can over-price your property with impunity.

We had fewer listings over Thanksgiving, then a surge in inventory in early December, and now expect to see fewer new listings come on the market over the Christmas and New Years holidays.  After that brief lull, I expect it to be full-steam ahead in early January, which is usually light on closings in the wake of the Christmas slow down.

See how this is affecting the Shoreline, WA real estate market in my quick market update below.

Shoreline, WA Real Estate Update December  2022

If You Think the Housing Market Will Slow This Winter, Think Again.

From the opportunity to take advantage of today’s low mortgage rates to changing homeowner needs, Americans have more motivation than ever to buy a home. According to the experts, buyers are making moves right now, creating an unseasonably strong housing market for this time of year.

Shoreline, WA Real Estate Market Update
Meg and Jason bought this beautiful Shoreline home in December last year. It was just what their kids hoped for, for Christmas!

As we wrap up the fall season and move into the winter months, here’s a look at what several industry leaders have to say about the continued momentum in the current market, and what it means as we head into the early part of next year.

Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist, National Association of Realtors (NAR)

“This solid buying is a testament to demand still being relatively high, as it is occurring during a time when inventory is still markedly low. The notable gain in October assures that total existing-home sales in 2021 will exceed 6 million, which will shape up to be the best performance in 15 years.”

Odeta Kushi, Deputy Chief Economist, First American

“So far in November, purchase applications point to another strong month in sales. Still low rates and demographic demand support this strength, even as affordability and inventory headwinds remain.”

The M Report

“The demand for housing in the United States has reached a fever pitch, a trend that opposes the norm of this time of the year when the market cools as the winter months set in.”

Mark Fleming, Chief Economist, First American

Strong demographic demand will continue to act as the wind in the housing market’s sails.”

What does this mean for the winter housing market?

Buyers are actively in the market, and they’re competing for homes to purchase. With the momentum coming out of this fall, all signs point to the winter housing market picking up steam, making it much busier than in a more typical year. And as we’ve seen in so many ways, 2020 and 2021 were anything but typical in real estate. It looks like 2022 may be joining that list before we know it.

Bottom Line

If you think the Shoreline, WA housing market will slow down this winter, think again. Whether you’re thinking of buying a home, selling your house, or both – let’s connect to determine if this winter is your best time to make a move too.

About Emily Cressey: Shoreline, WA Real Estate Agent

Emily Cressey Shoreline WA Real Estate Broker HomeSmart
Emily Cressey: Shoreline, WA Real Estate Broker w/ HomeSmart in Seattle

Emily Cressey was born and raised in the Shoreline, WA area, in the tiny town now known as Lake Forest Park. Now she lives there, near her parents, and tries every day to help recreate her idyllic childhood for her own kiddos. If you would like to have some fun buying a house in the Shoreline, WA area this winter, be sure to give her a call!

Emily Cressey

Emily Cressey is a real estate broker residing in Lake Forest Park, WA who services the Greater Seattle area including Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, Brier, Lynnwood, Kenmore, Bothell and Edmonds, WA.

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