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 […]

June Stats Preview: Sales Spike Up Sharply

June Stats Preview: Sales Spike Up Sharply

Now that June is behind us, 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 shot up to a multi-year high in both counties, inventory barely […]

Case-Shiller Tiers: All Three Tiers Increase Strongly in April

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 Still Hot in April

Case-Shiller: Seattle Home Prices Still Hot in April

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 2.3% March to April Up 7.5% YOY. Down 7.4% from the July 2007 peak Last year at this time prices rose 2.3% month-over-month and year-over-year prices were up 11.2%. Year-over-year and month-over-month […]

Most New Listings Being Immediately Snatched Up

Most New Listings Being Immediately Snatched Up

A recent commenter had some questions about inventory: …how much of the “low inventory” story is really a story of “high churn”? …it doesn’t seem like there is really a shortage of inventory, but rather that there is a shortage of stale inventory. Would be really curious to see how how new listing rates for […]

Foreclosure Levels Still Just Barely Above Pre-Bust Years

Foreclosure Levels Still Just Barely Above Pre-Bust Years

It’s been a few months since we took a detailed look at foreclosure stats in King, Snohomish, and Pierce counties, so let’s update those numbers. First up, the Notice of Trustee Sale summary: May 2015 King: 306 NTS, down 27% YOY Snohomish: 162 NTS, down 18% YOY Pierce: 279 NTS, down 14% YOY The number […]

Around the Sound: Misery for Buyers Everywhere

Around the Sound: Misery for Buyers Everywhere

Let’s update our monthly stats for the local regions outside of the King/Snohomish core. Here’s your May update to our “Around the Sound” statistics for Pierce, Kitsap, Thurston, Island, Skagit, and Whatcom counties. Are things any better in the market right now for buyers outside of the core Seattle areas? Unfortunately, not really. It’s still […]