Summer is over, over. It is raining. The holidays are coming. We are very seasonal here on Bainbridge Island with our real estate market and our busy listing season is April – August. When I sold real estate back in California the listing season was less dramatic, sales happened pretty consistently year round. Here, in Washington, we are more affected by the weather. We are heading into that slower listing season right about now. Our busy season bled into fall this year more than it ever has in my 12 years in the business here. Right now we have about 80 homes on the market. In January, that number may get down to around 50. I have seen it in the 30’s before. In our small niche market, a handful of good listing makes a big difference. Which is why listing in the winter can be very good for sellers. Some of my favorite homes on the island have come on the market in fall and winter. They are always such a fun surprise.
In the fall I get a bit of time to reflect on the past busy season. What worked? What could be improved? How do I want my business to continue to evolve? I look at where my clients are coming from and where they are going. Below is a grid of my 2019 summer sales, back when the sky was indeed blue.
Total number of sales from Memorial Day through Labor Day – 18
Highest priced sale – $3.6M for a 5,000 square foot waterfront home on South Beach
Most affordable sale – $435,000 for a one bedroom condo at Harbor Square
Number of repeat clients – 8
Number of related clients in the grid above – 4
Number of sellers represented – 12
Number of buyers represented – 6
Number of clients who moved from one house to another house on Island – 7
Number of sales that represented Newcomers to the island – 5
Number of sales that were multiple offers – 7
Shortest days on market for sales above – 2!
Longest days on market for sales above – 23
Things move quickly in the prime selling season and I worked some long days in the summer making sure my clients were where they needed to be before their next chapter started. Good thing it stays light until 10pm here in the summer.
The market is still moving at a nice pace, but I am grateful for pace that is a touch slower so I have a little more time to breath and recharge and give a little extra time and attention to my active fall and winter clients.
If you’d like to talk more about the market, give me a call.
To see my complete sales portfolio, click here.