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25% Fewer Listings Than July 2004

Though the real estate market here is a lot hotter than the weather, there is one problem for anyone wanting a piece of the action: Lack of available homes for sale. Of course, that’s also part of the cause for the still-skyrocketing prices. Supply and demand, you know. In King County last month, the number […]

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Buyers Being Priced Out of Homes, Into Condos

As the cost of real estate continues to soar in the Seattle area, far outpacing wage growth, many buyers are being priced out of single-family homes. This is causing a bit of a surge in the condo market: While single-family home sales in King County were flat last month, condominium sales soared by nearly 6 […]

Doubt Creeping into Some Buyers’ Minds?

More indications that the Seattle area is still red-hot: Compared with median prices for homes and condos sold a year ago at this time, prices were significantly higher throughout the county last month, according to the Northwest Multiple Listing Service’s latest numbers. The number of days that those homes and condos were on the market […]

Seattle’s Hot Market Not Limited to Homes

The real estate craze in Seattle apparently isn’t limited to just the housing market. Even downtown buildings are being bought for far more than it seems they should be worth. The thunderstorm of investment in Seattle real estate kept rumbling as a Texas real-estate investment firm paid $23.6 million yesterday for the 12-story First & […]

Seattle Bubbles Over, All the Way to Olympia

It would seem that Seattle’s red-hot bubble-market is bleeding over into the less-populous portions of the Puget Sound region, even as far down as Olympia. Every month, the median sales price of Thurston County homes sets a record. The record set in June was $228,500 Far lower than the insane average in King County, but […]

Seattle Times’ Silly "Logic" Mocked Further

It would seem that there’s at least one person out there that agrees with my analysis of the recent Seattle Times article, “Housing market sizzles, shows no sign of bubble.” That person would be Bill Fleckenstein, who writes: That oxymoronic headline sets the tone for what follows — a very creative, though completely false, bit […]

Seattle Not in a Bubble?

An article in the Seattle Times titled Housing market sizzles, shows no sign of bubble would perhaps have more appropriately been titled “Housing bubble sizzles, shows no sign of popping,” in my opinion. Despite conjecture that the local housing market is a high-priced bubble ready to burst, key signs of weakening are nowhere to be […]