This year, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty presents a new format for our annual waterfront report. In order to illustrate a full calendar year of waterfront transactions in 14 counties of Western Washington, while remaining comprehensive and up to date, our 2018-19 waterfront report exhibits 15 months of waterfront sales, from January 2018 through March 2019. For each month of this period, we chart monthly selling activity, reporting average and median selling prices, and mapping every waterfront sale in 27 topographically focused areas. We begin with five broader subregions among the 14 counties, in which we look at monthly cycles of sales, prices, and cumulative days on market (CDOM) for waterfront properties in comparison with those of non-waterfront homes sold.
To this data-centered analysis, we add insightful remarks by our brokers. For sellers, these remarks address seasonality, market positioning, and other special considerations for waterfront properties. For buyers, they set forth key questions that will narrow selection criteria. For both, they underscore the value of working with an expert broker. Our aim is to provide guidance to help buyers and sellers to make sense of this diverse and ever-changing real estate market segment.
 King, Pierce, Snohomish, Kitsap, Skagit, Island, San Juan, Whatcom, Jefferson, Thurston, Mason, Grays Harbor, Chelan, and Kittitas Counties.
Featured Waterfront Communities
The geographic profiles by subregion are the products of a bold effort by RSIR to thoroughly understand and communicate waterfront selling activity in the markets we serve. The result is a comprehensive survey of waterfront transactions from January 2018 through March 2019 in 27 areas among fourteen counties of western Washington State. Each of our profiles of these areas comprises a map of proportionally sized marks identifying each waterfront transaction in that area; and on its right, a tabular monthly chart of those same transactions on a logarithmic scale by price. These charts allow the magnitude of higher-end transactions in each market to be illustrated, while not obscuring the differences in prices at the center of that market. They also allow the reader to judge the relative frequency of waterfront sales from month to month. In areas with comparatively few transactions, a reader can easily and correctly pinpoint a single transaction by the month in which it was contracted and the amount that was paid.