Reader Question: Is Seattle just for the super wealthy now?

I received the following question this morning from a frustrated home buyer: We recently lost our second offer on a home to a all case buyer. I know that many other buyers have been at this longer than a year and spent far more than we have but before I get to that poverty point […]

Kiss Single-Family Homes Goodbye if Seattle Keeps Growing

Kiss Single-Family Homes Goodbye if Seattle Keeps Growing

We usually talk about the whole Seattle metro area on these pages, but I’d like to take a little while to discuss an issue that is most relevant to Seattle proper: Density. There’s no denying that Seattle has been booming lately, thanks largely to serious growth in the local tech economy—unbridled growth at Amazon, the […]

Warning: New Housing Bubble Ahead

This comment left by Ryan strikes me as a clear warning sign of another housing bubble inflating in Seattle. Just pulled the trigger on buying a townhouse in Fremont for $745k. Haven’t closed yet so don’t want to link to the MLS. Thought I would share my thinking on why I bought and what the […]

Housing Bubble 2.0: The Perma-Bears Respond

Ben Jones, who has been blogging about the housing bubble from down in Arizona since late 2004 at The Housing Bubble Blog linked to my “Welcome to Housing Bubble 2.0” post yesterday, prompting an interesting discussion in the comments. Here’s a selection from the conversation that ensued: Comment by Ben Jones I’ve called this the […]

Welcome to Housing Bubble 2.0

With home prices nearing their 2007 peak levels in the Seattle area (and no doubt exceeding them in some neighborhoods), I thought it would be good to step back from the monthly stats and take a big picture look at what’s going on in the housing market.

To answer the question of whether or not we are in another bubble, let’s compare and contrast the present frenzy to what the housing market went through during the Great Housing Bubble…

Turning Listing Deception Up To Eleven

A sharp-eyed reader sent in the listing at 13909 129th Place NE in Kirkland. Here’s the Google street view: Note the house to the left, and the relatively small front yard. Now take a look at the primary listing photo for this house, being sold by Jon Cacabelos of Real Home Network: What. The. Hell. […]

Friday Flashback: “It’s no wonder people are confused.”

Today’s Flashback comes from March 2008: Area’s housing isn’t doom and gloom, experts say

Area real estate professionals and politicians want to clear something up.

Now is a good time to buy and sell real estate in Snohomish County, no matter what people may be hearing about the national market.

The panel of industry experts held a town hall meeting in Lynn­wood on Thursday for that purpose that drew about 200 people.