Surely it is the season for Sellers to be primping their flower beds, putting finishing touches on their curb appeal, as they ready for the Buyers to come see their homes. Interest rates are still so low, and as the market begins to shift and homes are being snapped up more quickly, prospective home owners and investors are deciding now is the time to buy.
'Tis the season, too, for realtors to be busy helping homeowners get their homes looking great and on the market at competitive prices, as well as helping folks wanting to buy get just the right home here on Whidbey Island.
It's been fun to field inquiries from as far away as Sweden, and as near as cross-town neighbors, and everyone feels positive about the market.
As Spring blossoms surround us, with the color and fragrance of daffodils, cherry blossoms, tulips, and the skies seem to be blue more and more, I've seen so many more smiling faces out and about, walking, gardening, beachcombing, or happily licking ice cream cones from Kapaw's on Front Street.
Babies are being born, farmers are working in their fields, Coupeville's Ledgewood Beach slide has been big news, and April Fool's Day has come and gone.
Right now I am adoring being positively surrounded by bouquets of narcissus and daffodil blooms. On my desk, outside my door, on the little table in front of my office, and even in my car...25 bunches of smile-inducing little gifts for those crossing my path today and tomorrow. Come visit my office and you might very well be handed some!
Many have asked me if I see real estate values rising this year, and I do. Conservative estimates have been at about 3%, but for certain types of homes, in higher demand areas, I feel that it could be closer to 8%. Days on market have been shortening for some homes, with some multiple offers and the sense that they might have still sold quickly at higher price. One level living, views, in-town, prairie homes and land, starter and down-sizer homes have all been increasingly active.
I love living and working in Coupeville, here on Whidbey, and I love my work. Let me know if I can be of service to you or those you care about.
See you soon!