The home search in Kitsap is a challenging proposition, experts say

 The home search in Kitsap is a challenging proposition, experts say

By Mike De Felice

Special to Kitsap Daily News

PORT ORCHARD – Given there are relatively few homes on the market and prices are surging higher, trying to purchase the perfect home at the right price in Kitsap County these days is a lot like winning the Powerball lottery.

“It’s challenging but not impossible,” says Doug Miller, a veteran Realtor and owner of South Kitsap Properties in Port Orchard.

The number of homes on the market today in Kitsap County is down roughly 30% from last year. Meanwhile, the price tag on the average home sold in the county rose to $588,000 this year, sharply higher from $447,000 prior to the pandemic, the 47-year-old real estate broker said.

While it’s a seller’s market right now, it is still a good time to buy, Miller insists.

“I feel bad for buyers that have been in the market these last few years,” he said. “The prices are appreciating so quickly, and certainly out-appreciating…

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