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Upper Kittitas County – August 2021 Real Estate Market Round-Up

Autumn is upon us, and we’re starting to see the first signs of the market slowing down as usual around this time of year. Everyone is starting to prepare for the holiday gauntlet—Spooktober, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year. We’re looking forward to upcoming events with friends and family, but first, we need to assess the market for the last month of summer.

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Digital Detox in the High Country of Kittitas County

Technology is everywhere, and for some people it’s everything. Social media, entertainment, groups, forums, chats, texts, swiping left—right—up—down! Even for us, running a real estate business means emails, texts, phone calls, ads, marketing, and more—all facilitated by the internet. That much content consumption can eventually lead to information overload and burn out. Fortunately, we live in an amazing part of the country where it is possible to travel off the grid for a refreshing digital detox.

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Upper Kittitas County – July 2021 Real Estate Market Round-Up

Ready for September yet? Us, neither! (Although if you said “yes,” cheers for being on-top of things!) We’re enjoying the last long weeks of summer, and analyzing what happened last month in our market.

We witnessed some amazing transactions, both in person and from the sidelines. Many homes are still receiving multiple listings, and 79% of homes that closed last month accepted an offer for full list price or more! In fact, three homes received over $100,000 above their list price!

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Our Horse-tory – Horse History in Kittitas County

We love our 4-legged riding partners. They are the best best-friends, always ready to listen, never gossiping behind your back, and equipped with the softest shoulders to lean on when the trail gets long.

So it won’t surprise you that hoses have been a major element in our county’s history and culture.

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Upper Kittitas County – June 2021 Real Estate Market Round-Up

The heat is on—and we’re not just talking about the weather.  The summer surge is upon us as families look for a place to settle before the school year and those who vacation here consider taking up part-time residence. The market was positively buzzing last month, with new properties coming on and then flying off the market almost as fast.

In fact, 74% of homes that closed in Upper Kittitas County last month spent 2 weeks or less on the market! The average time on market was only 16 days. (There was one outlier that spent 213 days on the market. If we exclude that one listing, the average becomes 13 days!)

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Real Estate Agent vs. REALTOR®

Although the terms may be used interchangeably, they are not the same thing. All REALTORS® are real estate agents, but not all real estate agents are REALTORS®. So what’s the difference between a real estate agent and a REALTOR®? And how does it impact your bottom line?

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Kittitas County Real Estate Update – May 2021 Market Activity

The summer market is in full swing, with many new properties entering—and quickly leaving—the market. In fact, the median days-on-market in Upper Kittitas County last month was just 9 days! This year is moving faster than most, but a surge of activity is always expected as families transition between school years.

Here are the Rarden Team, we’ve been working hard to help our clients in this busy season. From listings to Let’s look at the rest of May’s statistics

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Welcome Briscoe! (and Congratulations Hailey!)

We have a new addition to the Rarden Team trail family: Briscoe, the blue roan quarter horse.

Briscoe is just 4 years old, so he is the youngest of our group of five horses. His birthday was May 18th, the day we got to Sandpoint Idaho to pick him up. (Happy birthday, new buddy!) He’s trail broke and we’re going to be learning a lot together. Hailey is thrilled to have Briscoe as her new partner in crime adventure.

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Kittitas County Real Estate Market Update – April 2021

Have you been searching for a second home property in Kittitas County? Looking for a piece of land or even looking for an upgraded primary residence? If so, you probably know how tough it is for buyers right now in our limited-supply market in Upper Kittitas County. That is why you need the Rarden Team at your side! We are strategists when it comes to buying in this super-competitive market and hope to put our skills to work for you.       

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Horsing Around in Cle Elum? You better believe it!

We love this time of year! The flowers are blooming, the sun feels great, and the horses love love love to get out on the trails. Real estate in our area is booming due to the recreational opportunities throughout the year – hiking, biking, fishing, and tube floating in the summer, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling in the winter. Fortunately/unfortunately, Kittitas County’s secret is out and demand for Cle Elum’s homes have been flying off the market due to our access to recreation and the amazing sunny days.

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