Puget Sound Counties Interactive January Update

Let’s take a look at January NWMLS statistics from around the sound. As usual, courtesy Tableau Software (available free to use online), the Around the Sound update is rocking sweet interactive data visualizations.

Feel free to download the old charts in Excel 2007 and Excel 2003 format. To get specific info about a certain point on any graph in the post below, float your mouse pointer over the data.

Before we get to the cool stuff, here’s the usual table of YOY stats for each of our eight covered counties as of January 2010.

January 2010 King Snohomish Pierce Kitsap Thurston Island Skagit Whatcom
Median Price 2.0% 10.5% 11.8% 4.5% 6.7% 9.7% 16.8% 3.2%
Listings 16.5% 13.1% 11.0% 20.5% 3.7% 0.8% 6.5% 1.8%
Closed Sales 41.8% 34.8% 36.4% 38.7% 20.1% 76.5% 9.4% 5.5%
SAAS 2.35 2.82 2.55 1.96 2.51 2.53 3.03 2.84

Wow, the sales boost sure didn’t last long in Thurston.


Hit the jump for the rest of this month’s visualizations.

The visualization below looks at closed sales in each county in January 2009 and January 2010:

Closed Sales

While the tax credit boost is carrying on around most of the sound, it has already worn off in Skagit and Thurston, which both saw year-over-year declines in sales.

Here’s our comparison of median prices in each county at their respective peaks and in January 2010:

Change from Peak

Still holding fairly steady. Skagit is definitely taking the biggest hit, down a full third from the peak.

Seasonally Adjusted Active Supply

Somewhat of a mixed bag on the SAAS front. Most counties saw lower SAAS than a year ago, but only one (Kitsap) was in “seller’s market” territory, and only just barely.

Still looks like Skagit is holding on as the best place for buyer’s to find deals and negotiate from a strong position, but things seem to be rapidly slowing in Thurston, as well.

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About The Tim

Tim Ellis is the founder of Seattle Bubble. His background in engineering and computer / internet technology, a fondness of data-based analysis of problems, and an addiction to spreadsheets all influence his perspective on the Seattle-area real estate market. Tim also hosts the weekly improv comedy sci-fi podcast Dispatches from the Multiverse.


  1. 1
    The Tim says:

    Sorry this is so late today. I ended up sleeping in until noon on account of a delightful 100º+ fever that developed yesterday. Fun times.

  2. 2
    Brat says:

    Take care Tim. Although many blow off H1N1 it can cause serious complications.

    I live in Kitsap and have a home on the market above the median. Showings fell off a cliff in January. If you peel back the numbers odds are the closings were still at the low end of the market (although I know that at least one mansion closed recently). Activity at the 4th quartile is still sluggish.

    My look at public data about mortgage delinquencies in the county indicates blood letting to continue.

  3. 3
    Jillayne says:


    Go to the doc if symptoms last over 10 days, especially that fever. Viral may have turned bacterial. Sending you some digital orange juice.

  4. 4
    Roger says:

    Firefox on windows is still showing the “session expired please refresh” error on the Tableau stuff.

  5. 5
    Willy Nilly says:

    my firefox 3.5.7 (windows 7) is working fine on the Tableau stuff.

  6. 6

    RE: Roger @ 4RE: Roger @ 4
    Hi Roger,
    You may have better luck if you clear your cookies, which has helped in some cases for folks who viewed visualizations while Tableau Public was still in beta.

  7. 7
    The Tim says:

    RE: Jillayne @ 3 – Thanks. Thankfully it just developed yesterday afternoon and it looks like it’s already wearing off. Last measure was only 99.2º.

    RE: Roger @ 4 – According to the folks at Tableau, this could be caused by having your browser configured to not accept 3rd party cookies. Go into Tools -> Options and on the “Privacy” tab, set the “Firefox will…” drop-down to “Use custom settings for history” and check the box highlighted below.

  8. 8
    Ray Pepper says:

    RE: The Tim @ 1

    You know Tim, many things can cause you to have elevated temperature and discomfort.


    You never know……………………………………………………

  9. 9
    Scotsman says:

    Good grief- you didn’t go to Claim Jumper did you?

    Hope you feel better soon!

  10. 10
    TheHulk says:

    Hope you get well soon. I always hate being sick, it makes you suddenly realize you have body parts where apparently none existed before :)

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    Teacher_Greg says:

    Thanks Ray for showing me something scarier than the collapse of the US economy…

  12. 12
    WestSideBilly says:

    January 2009?

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    The Tim says:

    RE: WestSideBilly @ 12 – Doh. Thanks for catching that. Fixed.

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