Many realtors agree the local real estate market has been hot and there's no sign it's going to cool down anytime soon.  The pandemic has impacted many businesses in Yakima but not the local real estate market. Sales have been up across the board for months. COVID-19 has certainly kept a lot of people at home wishing they lived in a different home and that may be part of the reason for strong real estate sales so far this year in Yakima County. According to Kristi Wilbert an affiliate member of the Yakima Association of Realtors there were 243 total homes sold county wide in March 2021 which is a  .01% increase from the 241 homes that sold county wide in March 2020.
Last month February 2021 home sales county wide were at 194 homes.
Many people move within the city and county but others are moving into the state from around the nation. In fact the state's population is growing. According to Washington State Government Washington's population at 7,656,200 which is an increase of 109,790, or 1.45%, since last year. All those people are looking for homes and many are purchasing homes in the Yakima Valley.

A lot of people are in the market because of interest rates. 30 year fixed rate mortgages are averaging a 3.29% interest rate right now according to  That means a lot of people are searching for and buying homes in Yakima.
Realtors say the biggest and most important news for Yakima Real Estate in the last month is that Realtors can now hold open houses with up to 10 people on a property.


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