Here’s a quick look at the Bellingham Real Estate Market Report for January 2017 for residential home sales.
The number of residential sales for the month was 64 that is 6 more than January 2016 and 17 less than last month.
The Average sales price of $496,061  is up by 21% compared to January and down 1% from last month.

The number of homes for sales went down last month, there are now 1.5 months of inventory on the market, (if no new homes came on the market and sales rate was same as it is today, they would all be sold in 1.5 months).   There is still not much new construction in single-family homes.

Inventory is down again and is still extremely low at 91 homes for sale the day I write this. Any home priced right is still snapped up quickly often with multiple offers. There are only 10 homes on the market under $300,00 and as of today the least expensive home on the market is $189,900. This is making it extremely difficult for first-time buyers.

There are still buyers out there today looking for new homes but there is still a limited amount of homes for them to choose from.

Multiple offers are still very common in this market for any desirable home.

Interest rates are slightly on the rise again, and my guess is they will continue to rise.

Buyer’s, get a pre-approval letter from your lender ready to submit along with your offer if you are in a competitive market that may change soon.

If you don’t have it yet, start gathering the documents you will need to get one, which is usually 2 years of tax returns and 2 or 3 months of pay stubs. Check with your preferred lender or let me know if you need a recommendation to a good lender.