The Grass Lawn neighborhood of Redmond was ranked as the most competitive real estate market in the country for 2017 by Redfin. Aaron Kunkler/Redmond Reporter

The Grass Lawn neighborhood of Redmond was ranked as the most competitive real estate market in the country for 2017 by Redfin. Aaron Kunkler/Redmond Reporter

Buyers can prepare to pay even more for a house in Redmond

It’s no secret that Puget Sound is in a housing crunch, leading to soaring real estate costs and squeezing many people from the area.

Housing on the Eastside is in high demand as companies like Microsoft announce planned expansions in coming years and the buildout of light rail systems connects suburban cities with Seattle.

The housing market is so hot in the region, that Redfin recently rated the Grass Lawn neighborhood in southwest Redmond as the most competitive in the country.

The narrative of a robust real estate market is also backed up by Maria Quintiro, an agent at Sterling Johnson Real Estate in Redmond.

“It’s a nice place to be, so you have excellent schools, well-built houses, a nice community, so it’s a nice place to live and very low inventory,” she said.

While the calculus used by Redfin is specific to its own metrics, it paints a picture of a region in high demand.

At Grass Lawn, Redfin calculated that 73 percent of homes sold for more than the asking price and a typical home found a buyer in just six days.

These houses’ final price generally came in around 8.4 percent higher than the asking price.

Redfin credits this to Grass Lawn’s proximity to the Microsoft and Google campuses, as well as other tech companies in the city and surrounding area.

It is similarly close to two freeways and offers access to Seattle and nearby cities.

Quintiro said she expects 2018 to mirror last year’s growth.

“We are seeing multiple offers and appreciation,” on houses being sold, she said.

For her company, Quintiro said the increases in selling price over listed prices often hit double digits.

While this is good for sellers, it’s a much more difficult experience trying to buy a house in Redmond.

“You have to really be proactive, prepared and give yourself time, because it might be a while,” she said.

A lack of housing inventory has created a bottleneck in the housing market in Redmond, which is expected to continue into 2018.

Spring is usually the busiest season for realtors, especially from March to April, but Quintiro said a buying rush could be starting early.

“Based on the activity that I’m seeing already, before we even get to the busy season of the spring, it’s going to continue and possibly even maybe increase,” she said.

For both buyers and sellers, Quintiro recommended working with a real estate agent.

While a hot market is good for sellers, it also means that first-time homeowners are being pushed out of the city, said Hamid Ali with John L Scott Real Estate.

“Because of the demand, we are not, we will not be able to match demand and supply, so because of that the prices will probably go up,” he said.

Many of the new houses in Redmond and the Eastside are selling for up to $1.6 million, Ali said, so many first-time buyers aren’t looking in the city.

Suburbs such as North Bend, Duvall, Maple Valley and Lake Stevens are seeing an uptick in people looking to buy houses, where prices are still high at around $600,000, but are still much lower than the Eastside.

Ali expects this to increase as more people move to the area to work in the tech industry.

“It looks like the Seattle area will become the number one cloud industry, it’s a cloud-based area so lots of companies are coming here,” he said.

It’s not just the Grass Lawn neighborhood that’s competitive, either.

Of the 25 neighborhoods ranked by Redfin, 19 of them were in Puget Sound.

Both downtown Redmond and the Overlake neighborhoods made the cut, as did the Upper West Ridge in Woodinville, Queensborough in Bothell and the Crossroads in Bellevue.

More in News

VoteWA is a $9.5 million program that came online last May and is meant to unify all 39 county voting systems in the state into a single entity. Courtesy image
WA’s new voting system concerns county elections officials

VoteWA has run into some problems in recent months as the Aug. 6 primary election draws closer.

An aerial photo shows the locations of two earthquakes and five aftershocks in and near Monroe, which rattled the Puget Sound region early Friday. The first was the magnitude 4.6 quake at upper right, 13 miles under the intersection of U.S. 2 and Fryelands Boulevard SE at 2:51 a.m. The second, magnitude 3.5, occurred 18 miles under the Old Snohomish-Monroe Road at 2:53 a.m. The aftershocks followed during the ensuing two hours. This image depicts an area about 3 miles wide. (Herald staff and the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network)
Early wake-up call: Twin quakes under Monroe rattle region

Thousands of people felt them. They were magnitude 4.6 and 3.5 and hit minutes apart.

Courtesy photo
King County Sheriff’s Office has been giving ICE unredacted information

Both the office and jail have supplied the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

‘Feedback loops’ of methane, CO2 echo environmental problem beyond Washington

University of Washington among researchers of climate change’s effects in global temperatures.

Redmond investment advisor sentenced to five years for wire fraud, falsifying records

He will also pay back more than $4 million in restitution.

Clockwise from top left, Redmond City Council Pos. 7 candidates David Carson, Osama Hamdan, Shad Ansari and Carlos Jimenez. Courtesy photos
Meet the candidates for Redmond council Pos. 7

There are four people running for the position.

Former Microsoft sports marketing director given 28 months prison time for wire fraud

Defendant drug use, tragedy surrounded criminal activity.

Redmond promotes carpooling ahead of summer roadwork, launches new web portal

Nighttime construction on Willows Road set to start soon.

Meet the 2019 mayoral candidates

Birney, Fields and Koeppen are running for Redmond’s top spot.

Most Read