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NWMLS: Prices Surging, Listing Shortage Drags On

February market stats were published by the NWMLS yesterday. Before we get into our monthly stats, here’s a quick look at their press release.

Last month we saw a slight uptick in inventory, but this month the number of homes on the market fell back down a bit again, putting us at the lowest February inventory level on record. With just 2,101 new listings hitting the market last month, February 2016 also saw the fewest new listings on record for a February, just barely beating out the previous low set in 2014.

Basically, if you’re buying a home in the Seattle area right now, expect to have very little selection and lots of strong competition. Not a fun time to be a home buyer.

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February Stats Preview: No Good News for Buyers

With another extra-long February in the books, 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:

Sorry buyers, the glimmer of hope we saw in last month’s numbers has completely faded. Inventory was flat month-over-month, which is not a great sign for any potential spring inventory increases. Meanwhile, sales began their usual seasonal surge, and were up slightly from last year. Foreclosures continue to remain near their historic lows.

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Case-Shiller: Home Prices Finish 2015 on a Strong Note

Let’s have a look at the latest data from the Case-Shiller Home Price Index.

The Seattle area’s month-over-month home price change was positive in December, but not quite as high as it was in November. The year-over-year price change is inching back up almost into double digits, as well. The only possible sign of relief for home buyers is that the increase in year-over-year price gains is slowing just slightly.

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NWMLS: Pending and Closed Home Sales Slow in January

Get access to the full spreadsheets used to make the charts in this and other posts, as well as a variety of additional insider benefits by becoming a member of Seattle Bubble. January market stats were published by the NWMLS yesterday. Before we get into our monthly stats, here’s a quick look at their press […]

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January Stats Preview: A Glimmer of Hope for Inventory

The first month of 2016 is now behind us, 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: A glimmer of hope for buyers in King […]

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Case-Shiller Tiers: High Tier Home Prices Surpass 2007 Peak

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 […]

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Case-Shiller: Seattle Home Price Gains Power Into Winter

Let’s have a look at the latest data from the Case-Shiller Home Price Index. According to August data that was released today, Seattle-area home prices were: Up 0.5 percent October to November Up 9.7 percent YOY. Down 3.2 percent from the July 2007 peak Over the same period in 2014 prices were down 0.3 percent […]