Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Off To The Races for Vancouver WA Real Estate in 2017

Southwest Washington + Vancouver WA Real Estate Activity Arrived Early!

Traditional Real Estate Industry wisdom would say that Home Shoppers start their activity two-weeks prior to the Super Bowl weekend; while the Home Sellers came on the market about two-weeks after the Big Game. For many years this seemed reasonably true, but not these past couple of years!  Early in the month of January for both 2016, and now 2017, the lock-box openings in Southwest Washington have taken off like a rocket, rising to almost-summertime levels early in February. 

Chart of RMLS Washington Lockbox Statistics February 2017 RMLS Washington Lock-Box Activity - Week Ending 2-5-17

In fact, it appears that the level of activity in 2017 seems so far, to be stronger than in 2016.  Thus for Home Owenrs thinking of Selling, here are some recommended initial Action Items:

  • Contact us to let us help you with a Home Market Analysis and Pricing Strategy.
  • Your Property's Curb Appeal and Exterior Appearance + Function is Important. Items include: Trimming trees & hedges; putting down fresh bark dust; Clean Roof, Gutters, Driveway, Walkways and Deck(s).
  • Inside your Home - De-Clutter x 3; Pack-up Items you don't need day to day; and De-Personalize.

  • Home Repairs - get All known Electrical, Plumbing and othe Functional Items Repaired.

Eventhough the market is moving quickly, and prices are rising strongly, Proper Preparation and Presentation of your home on the First Day it hits the market will provide an Excellent Return for your efforts.  Call us for more details.

Home Shoppers / Buyers in this market environment must also be very prepared both financially and with the time-budget necessary to Act Promptly when the right home comes on the market.  We'll discuss more Home Buyer Preparation Tips in our next installment.

Thank you for visiting and reading our real estate market update for Vancouver Washington. Please feel free to contact us with any questions, or requests for assistance. 

PS - 2017's Real Estate Market is starting out strong for Vancouver WA.  If you ace planning on Selling or, just want to know what your home is worth -  we offer a no-cost, no-obligation Comparative Market Analysis for your Vancouver WA Home.  We also have on-line form to request your Home Market Analysis,,  Either way we trust you won't delay!

PPS - Now is a great time to visit our Homes For Sale Vancouver WA page, or the separate page for Condos for sale in Vancouver WA.  We've put much custom work in to make it Easy for You to search by Neighborhood or by Category, with Homes  and real estate listings from the entire RMLS.  Sign-up Not Required!

Some of the Popular Searches include:  Cascade Park Homes; The Heights Homes; Felida Homes; Fishers Landing Homes; Hazel Dell / Lakeshore Homes; Minnehaha / Walnut Grove Homes; and Salmon Creek Homes.

We also have Category searches including: Acreage Homes Vancouver WA; Listing Real Estate Agent Vancouver WA; One-Level Ranch Homes for sale in Vancouver WA.

This report and any custom charts (prepared by John Slocum Realtor®, our resident statistician) are based on home sales posted in the Vancouver MLS system (RMLS), excluding sales of mobile home; and shows the purchase activity since 2009; charting the 3 month Moving average number of sales, and the 12 month Moving average.  This "smoothing" of the trend-data helps illustrate the short-term and longer term trends in Vancouver WA's real estate market.

Disclaimer: as with any real estate statistics, we do our best to provide the best representation at the time the data was acquired.  We deem the data and reports reliable but not guaranteed.

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