July Stats Preview: Stale Summer Edition

July is in the books, so let’s have a look at our monthly stats preview. First up, here’s the snapshot of all the data as far back as my historical information goes, with the latest, high, and low values highlighted for each series: Sales came down just slightly from the multi-year highs they hit in […]

Case-Shiller Tiers: Strong But Slowing Monthly Gains

Case-Shiller Tiers: Strong But Slowing Monthly Gains

Let’s check out the three price tiers for the Seattle area, as measured by Case-Shiller. Remember, Case-Shiller’s “Seattle” data is based on single-family home repeat sales in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. Note that the tiers are determined by sale volume. In other words, 1/3 of all sales fall into each tier. For more details […]

Case-Shiller: More Strong Price Gains in May

Case-Shiller: More Strong Price Gains in May

Let’s have a look at the latest data from the Case-Shiller Home Price Index. According to April data, Seattle-area home prices were: Up 1.4% April to May Up 7.4% YOY. Down 6.1% from the July 2007 peak Last year at this time prices rose 1.4% month-over-month and year-over-year prices were up 9.3%. The Seattle area’s […]

Price to Income Ratio Back in Bubble Territory

Price to Income Ratio Back in Bubble Territory

It has been a while since we last looked at one of our primary housing bubble metrics: local home prices compared to incomes. In the next chart I am using the Case-Shiller Home Price Index for the Seattle area (which rolls together King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties) and Bureau of Economic Analysis data on per […]

Seattle-Area Unemployment Dips to Previous Boom Levels

Seattle-Area Unemployment Dips to Previous Boom Levels

We haven’t taken a look at the jobs data in a while, so lets update those charts through June. In this series we look at how the Seattle area’s unemployment rate and approximate labor participation rate stack up to the national numbers. [July 24 Update – The chart above and numbers below have been updated […]

Despite Red-Hot Housing Market, One in Five Pending Sales Still Fail to Close

Despite Red-Hot Housing Market, One in Five Pending Sales Still Fail to Close

With another quarter fully in the books, let’s take a look a the latest data on pending sales volume versus closed sales volume. For this series I roll the pending sales and closed sales data up by quarter, with pending sales offset by one month. In other words, the second quarter numbers below represent pending […]

King County Single Family Median Price Hits New Record at Half a Million Dollars

King County Single Family Median Price Hits New Record at Half a Million Dollars

June market stats were published by the NWMLS today. Before we get into our monthly stats, here’s a quick look at their press release. Home sales sizzling around Western Washington, with volumes reaching 10-year high Temperatures around Western Washington were not the only thing sizzling during June. Northwest Multiple Listing Service members reported 11,453 pending […]