The lack of new construction closings in 2017 combined with increasing demand for home ownership drove the median home price of downtown Seattle condominiums to $625,000, an increase of $100,000 or 19-percent for the year. That’s significantly higher than the broader perspective offered by S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index, which reported the tri-county metro area spiked by 12.7-percent as of October 2017, leading the country in property value appreciation all year. It should be noted that the index doesn’t include new construction or resale properties.
On December 12th, Jake Whittenberg of King 5 News reported on the “condo conundrum” in downtown Seattle, as the city continues to experience a severe inventory shortage despite rising demand for in-city homeownership. It’s “hard to imagine a shortage in this environment,” Whittenberg says, as he showcases a graphic displaying NEXUS Condominium Tower, one of few projects currently under development in the downtown core that is being offered for sale.
The condominium shortage is officially worse than it’s ever been in King County, as a lack of new construction and increasing demand continue in Seattle and the surrounding areas. As a recent Seattle Times article outlines, condo prices are rising even faster than single-family homes, with little relief in sight as developers continue to build apartments for rent rather than condominiums for sale. Looking at data from the past two decades, King County has averaged roughly 2,000 active condos on the market this time of year but now “it’s down to about 350, a record low.” Conditions have pushed the average sales price of a condominium up to just over $450,000, an increase of approximately $150,000 over three years.
The lack of available condominiums in downtown Seattle continues, especially at affordable price points. Currently, there are just 7 resale homes listed for sale on the NWMLS priced below $700,000, which is now the new median home price for resales after increasing a staggering 19% in November 2017 compared to the prior year. Though market conditions may seem daunting to potential buyers, market pundits say unit reservations and presales can offer much needed relief for those willing to plan ahead.
Dozens of Prospective Buyers Formed a Line Prior to Opening of NEXUS Sales Center; Some Camped Out Overnight
Representatives of Burrard Group and Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR) confirmed today that they have sold all 28 City Suites released at NEXUS Condominiums during the Encore Sales Event held on November 18th. Prospective buyers began forming a line at the NEXUS Sales Center at 4:30pm on Friday, November 18th – more than 18 hours prior to the doors opening at 11am the next morning. Initially, Burrard Group said it would offer 16 newly released homes located on floors 28 through 35, however prospective buyers that were patiently waiting in line learned of a special surprise release – an additional 12 City Suites on floors 3 through 6 were also made available. Overall, the 28 homes ranged in price from $340,950 to $667,950 and comprised of a mix of studios and urban one-bedroom floor plans varied from 354 sq. ft. to 498 sq. ft. The new offering was a result of disassembling a larger floor on the higher floors and making available studio units located in the above grade parking structure of the building, which will be accessed across the drive isle. Optional parking was sold for $75,000.
Market Experts Array Pent Up Demand for In-City Homeownership; Downtown Seattle Condo Prices Surge 33%
Representatives of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty and Burrard Group announced a major milestone in the development of the 41-story NEXUS Condominium Tower today as it begins a vertical ascent towards completion in fall 2019. With excavation now complete, SKANSKA, the general contractor for NEXUS, has poured the foundation mat, which comprised of 3,900 cubic yards of concrete and measures up to twelve feet thick.
Three panels lead engaging conversation around Seattle’s multifamily industry and its future
As our city skyline is scattered with cranes, BISNOW hosted nearly 200 registered members to discuss Seattle’s multifamily climate; specifically, its affordability, sustainability, and community design. Held at the Westin Seattle, three panels spanned a variety of topics, all relevant as the city experiences unprecedented population growth, construction costs, and housing demand.
Showcasing the height of new luxury construction in some of the world’s most sought after locations, let’s explore an exclusive new development from our worldwide network.
Representatives of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR), ReMax Northwest Realty and Attollo Development jointly announce the commencement of construction and home reservations for The Pinnacle at Alki – an eleven-unit, luxury condominium development located at 1118 Alki Avenue SW in West Seattle. Representatives confirm the boutique community, offered by The 11 @ Alki, LLC, has secured reservations on six of eleven homes and one home received a back-up reservation during a Design Preview Event held on Saturday, October 14th. Several dozen prospective buyers and brokers attended the reception to view floor plans, renderings, preliminary specifications and introductory pricing that ranged from a single one-bedroom plan of 885-sq. ft. and offered from below $800,000 to three-bedroom plans (1,723-sq. ft. to 2,043-sq. ft.) ranging in price from $1,500,000 to more than $2,350,000. Five homes remain for reservation, with presales commencing in November 2017. An Encore Preview Event is scheduled for October 21st (1-4pm) at 2715 1st Avenue in downtown Seattle.
The Pinnacle at Alki Announces Priority Presales Event on October 14th
The meteoric rise in local property prices and the stresses associated with buying in today’s real estate market have been well articulated by the Seattle Times, which followed a home in West Seattle through listing to close, and proclaimed that millennials and some first-time buyers are “coming to grips with the reality that they simply can’t save up quickly enough to match the rise in home costs.” Though the market conditions may seem daunting to potential buyers, brokers say unit reservations and presales offer a much needed relief for those that can plan ahead.