While an overstock in apartment supply might have signaled that the “apartment boom” in Seattle is over, Puget Sound Business Journal says it isn’t “over just yet.” This proclamation comes amidst an announcement from Bosa Properties that they will move forward with plans for a 41-story apartment tower at 2014 Fairview Avenue, located close to the Amazon headquarters at South Lake Union.
In February 2019, Onni Group made their first real estate purchase on the Eastside, with the acquisition of a four-acre site in downtown Bellevue—currently home to a church and Barnes & Noble store—for $116 million. On Thursday, March 14th, the company provided the first set of publicly available images for a large-scale mixed-use project it plans for the area, which, according to Puget Sound Business Journal, will comprise “three 600-foot-tall towers totaling 1,289 residences, 896,000 square feet of office space, 317 hotel suites and 2,318 underground parking stalls.”
he concept of “pop-up hotels” has been around for some time and is typically associated with the ice hotels that dot Scandinavia, Canada, and other countries each winter. But the notion of these “pop-ups” has been expanding recently, as Puget Sound Business Journal reports that a new apartment tower in Belltown may soon be home to a temporary hotel.
In 2019, the greater Seattle-Bellevue metro area residential real estate market picked-up significant momentum after going through a price correction that began in May 2018 and leveled-off beginning in October to December-January.
The National Association of Home Builders recently released their monthly confidence index and at 62, February 2019 marks the highest index in the past four months. The index may be broken down into a subset of categories, all of which show impressive gains, including sales conditions at 67, six-month expectations at 68 and buyer traffic at 48.
As a recent Puget Sound Business Journal article put it, “The Eastside office market has FANGs.” However fitting, they aren’t referencing the region’s sharp teeth; they are talking about a group of tech titans: Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google.
The Emerald City has seen a record number of construction projects in recent years and activity does not seem to be slowing down, as Seattle Times reports that there are currently 66 major projects underway in the city — that’s up by 1 compared to six months ago.
I am pleased to present a look at housing market trends for the fourth quarter of 2018, from the shores of Bainbridge Island’s waterfront homes and in-city living opportunities to the Eastside’s most distinguished residences.
I was recently holding an open house when a curious neighbor came into the home to check out the new improvements and ask about current market conditions. After showing her the home and added value/improvements made by the seller—and asking her to tell everyone she knew—I briefly explained that we are going through a market correction, which began in mid-May (like a light switch on May 10th), and touched on the probable causes. I went on to say that current market conditions seem to have stabilized: generally, sales have increased and inventory began decreasing around mid-October (I saw it October 18th). I summed it up quickly with, “I believe it’s a great time to buy.” She looked at me and said “yeah, but what would you say to your friend or a family member. How would you advise them?” I shrugged and smiled as I replied, “I just did.”
Smart home technology is rapidly advancing and ranges from a smart home assistant — such as Google Home or Amazon Alexa — to complex systems managing every aspect of a residence. While some homeowners make the assumption that adding smart home technology will increase their home’s value, Mansion Global warns that things aren’t quite so simple: “Your home’s smart technology could give you an edge over other sellers whose homes don’t have it, but it’s challenging to assign a dollar value to it, experts say.”