Zillow stock performance during the day of the McMansion Hell threat fallout

Zillow’s asinine threat to McMansion Hell is costing them

You’ve probably heard about the asinine legal threat that Zillow lawyers sent to the architecture criticism blog McMansion Hell (currently offline), a popular blog that provides entertaining and educational commentary and criticism of the scourge of the McMansion. If you’re in the dark, allow me to summarize the events of earlier this week, with some of my own speculation and opinion thrown in (indicated in italics below)…

Case-Shiller Tiers: Prices In All Tiers Skyrocket in 2017

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.

All three tiers have basically been skyrocketing month-over-month since January. Not a great sign for anyone hoping for a slowdown this year.

Case-Shiller: Seattle Real Estate is Hot, Hot, HOT!

Let’s have a look at the latest data from the Case-Shiller Home Price Index. According to March data that was released this morning, Seattle-area home prices were:

Up 2.6 percent March to April
Up 12.9 percent year-over-year.
Up 15.7 percent from the July 2007 peak

Over the same period last year prices were up 2.1 percent month-over-month and year-over-year prices were up 10.7 percent.

Seattle home prices as measured by Case-Shiller shot up yet again to a new all-time high in April, and let the nation in month-over-month and year-over-year price gains for the third month in a row. We’re also the only market still seeing double-digit year-over-year price gains. #SeattleIsSpecial

NWMLS: “May was a Grand Slam” …For Home Salespeople

May market stats have been published by the NWMLS this morning. Here’s their press release: Brokers suggest improving inventory may mean”season of opportunity” for weary house hunters

Pending sales have now been down year-over-year for four months in a row, but for three of those four months, closed sales have increased, which is certainly a bit odd. Perhaps this is indicative of a shift from last year toward fewer pending sales falling through. I’ll see if I can find anything else interesting in the data about that…

May Stats Preview: Inventory Edges Up, Sales Surge

NWMLS posted their stats this morning, but first here are our regular monthly “preview” charts. Now that May is behind us let’s take a look at the local housing market stats for the month. Short story: Sales shot up, listings improved a little but are still scarce…

Case-Shiller: Seattle Housing Market the Hottest In US

Let’s have a look at the latest data from the Case-Shiller Home Price Index. According to March data that was released this morning, Seattle-area home prices were:

Up 2.6 percent February to March
Up 12.3 percent year-over-year.
Up 12.7 percent from the July 2007 peak

Over the same period last year prices were up 2.4 percent month-over-month and year-over-year prices were up 10.9 percent.

Seattle home prices as measured by Case-Shiller shot up yet again to a new all-time high in March, and let the nation in month-over-month and year-over-year price gains for the second month in a row.

The near hockey-stick shape of some of these home price charts is starting to concern me.

High Seattle Home Prices Now The Subject Of Tasteless Bus Ads

This bus ad was spotted by Redditor /u/moroccahamed on /r/SeattleWA:

[caption id="attachment_104531" align="alignnone" width="720"]Tasteless Codefellows Bus Ad You know who can afford a house in Seattle? SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS.[/caption]

I feel like an ad like this is more likely to add to the already high level of animosity toward software developers than it is to get people to sign up for a coding academy…