Not unlike the broader Puget Sound housing market, the equestrian home market remained sluggish in the first quarter of this year. Inventory levels are on the rise, and it’s taking quite a while for horse properties to sell in most counties. Sales activity will undoubtedly pick up as we move into the spring season, but we’re unlikely to see a sustained improvement in the market until interest rates come down.
Equestrian home values appear to be up year over year in Pierce County, but they’re 10-20% lower than they were 12 months ago in King, Kitsap and Thurston counties. It’s difficult to predict whether we’ll see a further erosion in equestrian home values in the region. Much will depend on inventory levels as we move through 2023. If inventory levels continue to increase, we could see some additional loss in value. If not, then we’ve likely seen the worst of the market correction.
Only 50 equestrian properties were sold in the first quarter of 2023 in Pierce, King, Kitsap and Thurston counties. Though this is a sizable 28% decrease in sales activity when compared to the first quarter of 2022, it’s actually an improvement from last quarter, when sales activity was down 43% year over year. We seem to be moving in the right direction.
The pace of the equestrian home market remains steady in Thurston County but slowed significantly in the first quarter of this year in Pierce, King and Kitsap counties, where equestrian homes have been taking 3-4 months on average to move from “active” to “pending.”
With the exception of Kitsap County, where inventory levels remain low, we’re starting to see a sustained increase in the number of horse properties available for sale in Pierce, King and Thurston counties. In point of fact, this increased amount of inventory (about 3-4 months worth) is pretty typical for a balanced market.
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