April Stats Preview: Surging Sales Edition

April Stats Preview: Surging Sales Edition

With April 2015 now in the rear view mirror, 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: First, a tiny ray of good news… Listing inventory […]

Case-Shiller Tiers: Low Tier Back to Double-Digit Gains

Case-Shiller Tiers: Low Tier Back to Double-Digit 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: Seattle Home Prices Boosted in February

Case-Shiller: Seattle Home Prices Boosted in February

Let’s have a look at the latest data from the Case-Shiller Home Price Index. According to February data, Seattle-area home prices were: Up 0.9% January to February Up 7.1% YOY. Down 11.4% from the July 2007 peak Last year at this time prices rose 0.6% month-over-month and year-over-year prices were up 12.8%. Year-over-year price gains […]

How Deep is the Current Listings Drought?

How Deep is the Current Listings Drought?

I thought it would be interesting to take a deeper look at the depth of the current listings drought by comparing monthly new listings over the last few years to the same period during the previous bubble (before listings began to increase in 2007). Here’s a view of the number of new single-family homes that […]

NWMLS: Home Prices & Sales Shot Up in March; Inventory Still Anemic

NWMLS: Home Prices & Sales Shot Up in March; Inventory Still Anemic

March market stats were published by the NWMLS yesterday. Before we get into our monthly stats, here’s a quick look at their press release. Frenzied Market Frustrating Buyers Buyer anxiety is rising as the pace of home sales is faster than brokers are able to replenish inventory, according to members of Northwest Multiple Listing Service. […]

Case-Shiller: Home Prices Slipped Just Slightly in January

Case-Shiller: Home Prices Slipped Just Slightly in January

Let’s have a look at the latest data from the Case-Shiller Home Price Index. According to January data, Seattle-area home prices were: Down 0.5% December to January Up 6.8% YOY. Down 12.2% from the July 2007 peak Last year at this time prices fell 0.8% month-over-month and year-over-year prices were up 11.9%. Year-over-year price gains […]

NWMLS: Sales and Listings Both Inched Up in February

February market stats were published by the NWMLS yesterday. Before we get into our monthly stats, let’s have a look at their press release. Early Spring Brings Bumper Crop of Homebuyers Who Face Inventory Drought Favorable weather and restored confidence are propelling home buying activity around Western Washington to the highest level in nearly a […]