NWMLS: Strong Demand As Pending Sales Hit All-Time High

May market stats were published by the NWMLS yesterday.

Pending sales of single-family homes in King County hit an all-time high in May. This does not bode well for buyers hoping for any sort of relief from stiff competition and fast-rising prices. Inventory did increase month-over-month, but barely.


May Stats Preview: Another Terrible Month for Buyers

This post is a little tardy, but I wanted to make sure these charts were posted nonetheless. I’ll post yesterday’s NWMLS numbers a little later this morning. 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: […]


Case-Shiller: Seattle Home Prices Surpass 2007 Peak

Let’s have a look at the latest data from the Case-Shiller Home Price Index. According to March data that was released today, Seattle-area home prices were: Up 2.4 percent February to March Up 10.8 percent YOY. Up 0.4 percent from the July 2007 peak Over the same period last year prices were up 2.3 percent […]

Eric Fischer: San Francisco Housing Model

No, Seattle Affordability Is Not “Pretty Much Game Over”

A few weeks ago Stranger writer Charles Mudede published a post in which he argued that “Seattle Is Pretty Much Game Over” in terms of housing affordability. There was a time when something could have been done to avoid its entry into the locked cycle of asset value inflation, but that was a few years […]

Point-Counterpoint: Is Zillow a Valuable Tool?

Anyone who has read this site for any length of time knows that I am not exactly Zillow’s biggest fan (to put it lightly). However, I like to keep an open mind, and I don’t want Seattle Bubble to become an echo chamber.

Therefore, I’m happy to present a point-counterpoint on the topic of Zillow’s value in the real estate marketplace. Rather than participating myself, I’ve invited two long-time Seattle Bubble regulars and local real estate professionals to debate the subject for us all.

April Reporting Roundup: “Risky Behavior” Edition

It’s back! Time for another reporting roundup, where you can read my wry commentary about the news instead of subjecting yourself to boring rehashes of the NWMLS press release (or in addition to, if that’s what floats your boat). To kick things off, here’s an excerpt from the NWMLS press release: Housing inventory improves, but […]


NWMLS: Home Prices Hit Another Record as Sales Slow

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