Posted by: The Tim

Tim Ellis is the founder of Seattle Bubble. His background in engineering and computer / internet technology, a fondness of data-based analysis of problems, and an addiction to spreadsheets all influence his perspective on the Seattle-area real estate market.

56 responses to “Welcome KING 5 Viewers!”

  1. squidier

    Nicely done, The Tim: keep spreadin’ the word!

    :)

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  2. just_checking

    Hey I finally “met the man” – sort of on TV

    You kept that interview a secret from us regulars :)

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  3. squidier

    Fame and glory… what’s next?

    Affordable housing in Seattle?

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  4. deejayoh

    Link to the story on the King5 web site
    http://www.king5.com/topstories/stories/NW_110707BUB_houses_KC.1ebd20fc8.html

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  5. The Thom

    Interesting site. I’m glad I caught the news today and I’ll be looking forward keeping up with your insights :)

    One thing I’ve got to ask though, what is that thing on the wall to the right of your desk above the waste basket?

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  6. Joel

    I like that they pointed out that you’ll benefit from a price drop, but didn’t mention that Realtors benefit from no drop. No bias here, move along . . .

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  7. NostraDamnUs

    Attention whoring w/the media… that beats having a home (or the ability to actually save for one). Nice job indeed!

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  8. Affluent Bitter Renter

    NostragollyUs, although Ramen isn’t very nutritious, it is filling and cheap. Good luck with that RE job!

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  9. David McManus

    Did I hear that correctly at the end of that clip? That NAR will be playing radio ads talking about the favorable housing market conditions? What the hell are they smoking because I want some of it!

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  10. brettro

    Good exposure, Tim! And kudos to King5 for actually doing a little homework rather than regurgitate industry propaganda

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  11. John

    You should think about selling ads on the site.

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  12. CKT

    I know for a fact that Seattle-ites can see the writing on the wall, and I can tell they’re sick to death of being spun by the media that all is well. It’s about time reality gets some exposure in the media.

    Also the Tim, you should put up a link to some of the great posts by you and deejayoh on jobs, immigration, and housing, given the BS spouted by the guy suggesting that the best time to buy is at the peak of a market just as it’s tanking.

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  13. David McManus

    Tim,

    Ever thought about running for office in Kenmore? I’d vote for ya!

    -David

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  14. Jason

    Off-topic: how many syllables are in “Realtor” anyway? I’d heard it as two (“REAL-ter”) in the east, but here in 10-in-the-morning-football-land I’ve heard an extra syllable (“REAL-uh-ter”).

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  15. David McManus

    Off-topic: how many syllables are in “Realtor” anyway? I’d heard it as two (”REAL-ter”) in the east, but here in 10-in-the-morning-football-land I’ve heard an extra syllable (”REAL-uh-ter”).

    I’ve also heard “REALT-WHORE”.

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  16. blueskitten

    Re: how many syllables in “Realtor”

    As a Vocal Performance BA-holder speaking here, I think the variance could come from regional differences in how the consonant “L” is pronounced. There are two ways to pronounce an L, tongue pressing backward toward the back of the throat (which results in a more drawled “LLLL”), or the forward tip of the tongue lightly touching the roof of the mouth. When the forward motion ends, it can cause a brief unaccented vowel that sounds like “uh” (called a schwa).

    And also, if people who usually speak with a drawled L hear an unfamiliar word spoken with a flipped L, then the phantom vowel can work its way into the common usage.

    And that’s probably more than you ever wanted to know. ;)

    And Tim, congrats on the newfound celebrity. My husband heard those Realtor ads on the radio this week talking about how “Selection has improved and the conditions are favorable.” So glad to hear that the local media is calling for a little bit of balance.

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  17. Mike2

    Good to see the Realtors are still sticking to the “permanently high plateau” theory to characterize the change in market conditions as “stable”. I think I saw one of those plateaus in the physics lab, right next to the perfectly frictionless surface.

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  18. Lake Hills Renter

    No, it was next to the perpetual motion machine.

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  19. A

    Tim, you live in a nice house. Most rentals hardly look that wellcoming.

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  20. Mama

    LOL, I’ve been seeing the “great local market” ads on TV for about a week now and was thinking it must be real bad for them to dig that deep. But please don’t get too famous/rich off ads here :) This blog is the only thing that pulls me out of “we’ll never own a home depression” (even if you come out wrong, at least it’s entertaining)

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  21. ken

    That Realtor was a Real Idiot. Can’t wait till theres enough momentum in the market that he can’t deny that its on the decline.

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  22. Affluent Bitter Renter

    “Can’t wait till theres enough momentum in the market that he can’t deny that its on the decline.”

    No, no… the important thing is that you buy now for the Long Term. If you buy for the Long Term, then it doesn’t matter that prices drop 30% over the next couple years. (Well, you might of been better off waiting, but that doesn’t put food on a Realtor’s table now, does it?)

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  23. Mike2

    Can’t wait till theres enough momentum in the market that he can’t deny that its on the decline.

    Don’t hold your breath. Even after a substantial and irrefutable decline the Realtor will just change the subject to “this is a great time to buy, prices won’t stay low forever” and “You’ll miss the opportunity to buy at the bottom if you wait”.

    Sustained and expected price deflation is a salesman’s worst nightmare. It robs them of the ability to use urgency as a sales tool if they admit that the condition exists.

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  24. TJ_98370

    Wow! I missed the interview and I don’t know how. I’m really disappointed.

    I watched the 5pm to 6pm segment of King 5 News and I watched the 6:30 to 7pm segment also. How did I miss it? I didn’t stay up for the 11pm showing.

    The posted video clip doesn’t seem to work for me.

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  25. TJ_98370

    Okay, I missed it because it was on KONG at 10 pm, right?

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  26. David McManus

    Remember when this was said…..

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  27. Wm Swanson

    I just recieved a cold call from some Coldwell Banker agent on the eastside here asking me if I am interested in selling my house. First actual call in months as I usually get their pretty little postcards and flyers in the mail. I told the poor lady if she has a buyer for my house at 1.5 million I will sell. My house is worth around 900K according to my Realtor friend.

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  28. TJ_98370

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    King 5 News had a very short spot (approx 45 secs) on Seattle real estate pricing this morning. It referred to the Fortune magazine article’s prediction of a price drop over the next five years while showing video of houses with for sale signs. They ended with this guy:

    “That’s extremely speculative, and we just don’t think it’s reliable to look five years out,” said Russell Hokanson, Seattle-King County Association of Realtor

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  29. DashPoint

    Why does the news even bother quoting realtors? Realtors should be billed when their “expert advice” catches a homebuyer on the downside.

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  30. j

    would they feel better if it was 1 year out with a 20% drop?

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  31. Orion

    Tim, I listened to the radio “interview” over the internet and you were able to get a sentence or 2 out of your mouth before they cut you off mid-sentence with a commercial, a whole bunch of commercials which combined with weather, traffic and other BS they ran it out til the end of the hour. That was it, no completion to the “interview.” What a bunch of maroons! Did someone hit a wrong button or did they pull the plug because the Master Builders Association (a big advertiser on KOMO) threw a fit? I can’t stand any of the MSM these days.

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  32. biliruben

    I heard it live.

    Great job, Tim. You didn’t come off as a deranged nut-job, which on the radio is hard to do, so you can chock it up as a success.

    The dead air as you pondered a prediction (short-term or long-term Q), made you sound thoughtful.

    You hit all the high points and sounded very reasonable.

    A couple minutes before you were on, there was some fly-by-night brokerage commercial offering 5.79 fixed APR. I thought it was a nice juxtaposition!

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  33. B&W Nikes

    It’s pretty funny, the same folks don’t think Fortune is being ‘speculative’ when it consistently rates Seattle as a great place to live or to do business. They even feel a pinch of prestige when it gets ranked as ‘most overpriced.’

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  34. bigdollordog

    I seen you on TV, I though you were an older tuff guy but, your a young guy! and not tuff looking at all (cheap shot here), they did say something like, you tried to buy a couple of years ago, but you failed, I dont know if that was a slight slap or not, if you would have hooked up with a good Realtor that works in FIXERS or DISTRESSED properties, and not afraid of some “LESSER” areas around Seattle, I feel you could, have had a nice ride up the last couple of years, but I understand if not all are willing to roll up the sleeves and put in some effort with a hammer, still some fixer deals out there today, I would just put in an extra “fudge factor” in your offer, to make room for market swings and It may take 50 offers, just stay away from the vanilla Realtors -just my 2 cents. too many dont understand the value of an investment realtor and get stuck in the save a nickel to loose a dime attitude

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  35. Ouch!

    It’s logically inconsistent to question Fortune’s speculation on prices over a five-year period when Realtors argue that they are right over the course of a 30-year loan. If they can predict 30 years into the future, I don’t see why Fortune can’t predict five years away. Not to mention the conflict of interest that’s inherent in believing the salesman is looking out for the customer’s best interest instead of his own.

    I predict that the Realtors are making a mistake running those “great time to buy” ads now when the tide is clearly turning. They will lose credibility, which is fundamental to their business model. Ordinary people will stop trusting them and begin looking in earnest at selling their homes using Internet tools.

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  36. LotharBot

    Hilarious that anyone would insinuate The Tim is unwilling to roll up his sleeves and put in some effort with a hammer. He built that great looking room where he’s sitting at the start of the video (can’t watch from this computer, but I can see the opening frame.)

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  37. CCG

    ‘Don’t hold your breath. Even after a substantial and irrefutable decline the Realtor will just change the subject to “this is a great time to buy, prices won’t stay low forever” and “You’ll miss the opportunity to buy at the bottom if you wait”.’

    You’ll know it’s time to buy when your friends and family look at you like an idiot for wanting to do it, and the realtors won’t be saying anything about it because they’ve gone on to the next scam (commodity brokerages maybe?).

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  38. TheMachoMan

    I seen you on tv to and I thought you were a big tuff guy to, but your not as big and tuff as I though you were, but are less tuff then I thought you were, and theirs nothing wrong without being tuff, but I thought that if you act all tuff with your tuff web sight then you should be tuff in real life, because I think that if you were tuff you would have body slamed that realator guy who was not only not tuff, but old too, so I think you could have slamed him but good and shown him how a tuff guy deals with realators, but I understand that not every body can slam old man realators, so sometimes you just have talk, and talk, and talk, when action is what a man with a hammer would result too. but if you had a hammer then you would have a brought a fixer up house to, and we know that you wouldn’t be loosing your rent every month down the drain. oh and one more thing, the comma is youre freind, it let’s you make a good long sentence instead of alot of short little not tuff ones.

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  39. patient

    Great interviews Tim! I remember a time when the bubble readers considered funding a newspaper ad or billboard in a desperate attempt to try get a word of of reason out against the overwhelming and frankly dangerous propaganda force of the re-industry. I’m happy to see that times has finally changed due to your perserverance with this great blog!

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  40. Lake Hills Renter

    “the comma is youre freind”

    Not to mention a spelling/grammar checker. ;)

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  41. Shawn

    beware of grammar karma. Whenever correcting anothers grammer, most certainly, you will commit a grammatical error yourself.

    “the comma is youre freind” and so is the apostrophe.

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  42. Alan

    beware of grammar karma.

    You forgot to capitolize ‘beware’.

    ;)

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  43. A Guy from Portland

    Great interview. I wish the media in Portland would follow-up on the same story — we are predicted to fall 20% too.

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  44. Lake Hills Renter

    Actually, I believe that should be “capitalize”. ;)

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  45. Zee Marketspice Meister

    Awesome interview! BTW, did you get that story I sent you that was in the BBC (I think)? It is amazing that they were able to find your place down that crazy drive, huh? Did they enjoy the magical ferrets? Too cool!

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  46. _nathan_

    Actually, I believe that should be “capitalize”.

    Actually, I believe the period goes inside, the quotation marks, “like so.”

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  47. vancouverdr

    Excellent post, TheMachoMan! Elegantly stated response to the witty and incisive words of bigdollordog…

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  48. deejayoh

    I would just put in an extra “fudge factor” in your offer

    This makes me nervous. really

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  49. Angie

    Hey, I finally got a chance to watch the clip. Tim, you never told us you’re such a cutie!

    You came off as well-spoken and well-put-together. It’s hard to be relaxed in the media spotlight, but you pulled it off. Nice job.

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  50. Rachel

    You even looked fine when they did that ridiculous close up on your nose. ;)

    By the way, the grammar police in this comment string are quite entertaining!

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  51. Thatch Mound

    [...] my home office is not really an office, but actually sits in the living room (of course, if you saw the King 5 report featuring Seattle Bubble, you already knew this).  This of course can sometimes lead to distractions, but since my wife and [...]

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