Geordie Romer's blog

Two Years of Blogging

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been blogging about real estate now for two years. In the beginning it was just a few statistics (market updates) but mostly it was another venue for me to talk about my listings. Obviously that wasn’t particularly exciting or engaging – not for me or for my readers. As I learn more about the blogosphere and about real estate blogging, I try and continually adapt and change to make this a more educational and useful site.

Luxury Homes in Leavenworth and Wenatchee

Last Sunday's Seattle Times Real Estate Section had an article about the price of luxury homes these days. The article discussed what a million dollars will buy you in the Puget Sound area these days. While you can get a great house, these homes are no longer considered luxury homes. In King County, this is now reserved for homes priced $3 million or more.

North Road Auction

Many of you know that I am the listing agent for the spectacular brick rambler on North Road in Leavenworth. This great home was listed for $1,000,000.00 and we had a lot of interest in it. The home is under contract and we expect it to close shortly.

This home was the home of Ruby Smith and her estate will be auctioning all the furniture and other personal belongings in early December. For pictures and a list of items please click here.

Leavenworth Real Estate Update

I ran some stats today for the Leavenworth real estate market. The statistics show what my instinct tells me. Generally it is a Buyers market based on months of inventory and percentage of pending listings. However, sellers are continuing to raise prices and are perhaps more confident than they should be. Of course all of this depends on price point and location.

These statistics are for single family dwellings (not condominiums or manufactured homes). These homes are in the general Leavenworth area which includes Plain, Fish Lake, Lake Wenatchee, Leavenworth and Peshastin.

The Psychology of Numbers

Much of real estate revolves around negotiating between sellers and buyers. This is something I count as one of my skills and I am really happy to provide it to my clients in the Leavenworth real estate market. Much of negotiating revolves around what I call the "pychology of numbers."

We all know that a house listed at $199,950 is a $200,000 house. It still looks a little more affordable if we price it at $199,950. (Not that there are many $200,000 houses in Leavenworth.)

Pending Ratios

As I've discussed before, pending ratios are a good way to look at how "hot" a particular real estate market is and to compare it to other markets or the same market at a different time.

I noticed today we have 83 active listings for single family homes in the Leavenworth area. This is certainly a lot more than the 40 some we had for most of the Spring. But are houses selling? I've been staying busy with lots of sales, but that's not a good barometer for the market as a whole.

As they say on NPRs Market Place... Let's look at today's numbers:

Spokesman Review Blogspotter

Thanks to Frank Sennett of the Spokane Spokesman Review for including me in his review of Washington State real estate blogs. The mention is enouraging. I think blogs are a great resource for both consumers and industry insiders. When I'm not out selling homes or blogging here, I'm over at Rain City Guide peeking in at the Seattle real estate market.

Allyson and Geordie Romer

Leavenworth real estate agents - Allyson and Geordie Romer

For over a decade, Allyson and Geordie have been serving clients in the Lake Wenatchee and Leavenworth real estate market. Together, they work tirelessly to stay on top of the regional market and present the most relevant opportunities to their clientele.

When not in the office, they can be found exploring the endless recreation opportunities of the area in all of its seasons.

 

Testimonials

 

Geordie provided excellent real estate representation! We appreciated his detailed knowledge of the market, his up front and honest approach, and his negotiation skills.
As reviewed on Zillow  – 

- Laura Anderson

 

 

As “west siders” looking for a getaway near Leavenworth, Geordie provided insight … his knowledge of design features important in a “snowy winter wonderland” was appreciated. Thanks Geordie!
As reviewed on Zillow  –
 

- Jean Stern

 

 

Geordie made this somewhat complicated transition easier for us…going above and beyond to help us work through issues that came up during the sale of our parents home. We appreciated his knowledge, attentiveness to details and his willing spirit.
Our family is grateful for Geordie!
As reviewed on Zillow  – 

- Terry Foster

 

 

Geordie was great in every way. We have been looking in the Leavenworth area for some time, and Geordie was absolutely the best for local knowledge, history and depth on neighborhoods, developments and the local market trends. He was very quick to respond (even when he was on his vacation) and worked very diligently to get all of our questions answered in a very timely fashion. We would recommend him highly to anyone looking to buy or sell a home. Very friendly, and helped us navigate all of the local options before we made an offer on the property that we purchased. Thank you, Geordie!

As reviewed on Zillow  – 

- Ryan Olsen

 

 

It was such a pleasure to work with Geordie and his wife, Allyson on our cabin purchase. They showed us a variety of locations, listened to what we wanted and helped us find the perfect match. Everything was smooth and not stressful, just relaxed and easy. We would definitely recommend Geordie and use him again if the need arises!

As reviewed on Zillow  – 

- Cammie Schlosser

 

Moving to Leavenworth?

Are you looking for a cabin or a condo in Leavenworth that your family can use as a home base when climbing, skiing or hiking around Leavenworth or Lake Wenatchee?

Maybe you rent a house here and have decided to stay, surprised how a summer of rafting somehow turned into seven years.

Maybe it’s time to escape the hustle of the big city (and its rain) and move to Leavenworth with its four seasons.

Maybe you bought a condo years ago, don’t seem to use as much, and it’s time to sell.

Whatever your motivation, we are here to help. If you are buying a home, the best place to start is with our Homebuyer’s Guide to Leavenworth.