Bellevue home sells for nearly $1M over asking price

We’ve heard that 2022 is going to be equally or more crazy than 2021 was when it comes to real estate in the Seattle metro area, and here’s proof.

However, there’s no doubt the property is a beauty.

The 3,301-square-foot abode rests on almost a full acre in the highly sought-after Bridle Trails neighborhood. The landscaping is composed of soft, flat lawns and stone pathways leading from patio and deck to a fire pit and raised garden beds. The surrounding trees create a forested sanctuary effect, belying how close this address is to some of the Seattle area’s most prominent businesses. 

The property itself offers 0.83 acres of lush land. 

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The original list price for this three-bed, three-bath home was $2.6 million. That’s not cheap, but it’s certainly not overpriced for the area. The current median selling price in Bellevue is $1.635 million — up almost 30% year-over-year — and many of the homes being sold don’t include nearly an acre of land.

There's a fireplace and hardwood in the living room. 

There’s a fireplace and hardwood in the living room. 

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But listing agent Max Rombakh, a managing broker for Windermere Real Estate, said that even he and his team were surprised by the offer from the buyer, which was almost $1 million over asking. At time this article was written, the home was still under contract with a close date of Jan. 31, so the exact price was not available. 

“We are experiencing an unprecedented influx of buyers while inventory supply has been depleted to record lows,” Rombakh said. “The reduced number of options available to consider and the threat of rising interest rates has buyers highly motivated and willing to pay well over asking for the right property.”

There is a very modern kitchen for a modern buyer.

There is a very modern kitchen for a modern buyer.

Matthew Gallant with Clarity Northwest

And this home isn’t the only “right property” out there. The entire Seattle area is experiencing high demand for real estate. 

“We are hearing of many desirable homes selling with 20 to 30 offers,” Rombakh said. “Coupled with the fear of missing out, buyers are paying up to 20% to 40% over asking.”  

In case your New Year’s resolution was to build a time machine, setting it to 2006 might be a good investment. On July 31, 2006, this property sold for $949,630.

Anna Marie Erwert writes from both the renter and new buyer perspective, having (finally) achieved both statuses. She focuses on national real estate trends, specializing in the San Francisco Bay Area and Pacific Northwest. Follow Anna on Twitter: @AnnaMarieErwert.