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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.

May Stats Preview: Not Dead Yet Edition!

Remember, you can always get access to the Seattle Bubble spreadsheets by supporting my ongoing work as a member of Seattle Bubble. Hey look who it is. That Seattle Bubble guy. He’s not gone after all. Seriously though, everything is fine. Things just got a bit busy. Let’s have a look at the May stats, […]

Cheapest parts of King County still make up the largest share of sales, even as prices there grow the most

It’s been a few months since we took a look at the in-county breakdown data from the NWMLS to see how the sales mix shifted around the county. I like to keep an eye on this not only to see how individual neighborhoods are doing but also to see how the sales mix shift affects the overall county-wide median price.

As of March, prices are up from a year ago in the low-end regions, flat in the mid-range regions, and down in the high-end regions. Meanwhile, the share of sales is tilting toward the low-end regions…

Around the Sound: Inventory up, sales down across the board

It’s been a few months since we had a look at the stats in the broader Puget Sound area, so let’s update our charts through March. Here’s the latest update to our “Around the Sound” statistics for King, Snohomish, Pierce, Kitsap, Thurston, Island, Skagit, and Whatcom counties.

King County still has some of the most dramatic changes, as the only county with a drop in the median price and by far the biggest increase in active listings. That said, active listings are up and closed sales are down across the board. Skagit, Kitsap, Pierce, and Thurston all still saw double-digit year-over-year declines in sales…

NWMLS: Prices down, listings way up, sales flat from a year ago

The NWMLS published their March stats today, so let’s take a look at how the month shook out for the housing market. The King County median price of single-family homes was down year-over-year in March, falling more than it has since March of 2012. Inventory was up from a year ago again, but the increase was the smallest in the last five months. Pending sales recovered from the February snow storm dip, but were only up five percent…

March Stats Preview: Inventory still up big, but gains slow even as home sales slip

Let’s take a look at our early March housing stats.

Overall the market is still moving in a direction favorable to buyers, but more slowly than it was late last year. By March of this year inventory is already at levels that it didn’t hit until May or June last year. Meanwhile, sales are still down from a year earlier. Foreclosures are still not really an issue at all right now…

Case-Shiller: Seattle home price gains below average in January

It’s been a while since we posted our Case-Shiller charts and dashboards, so let’s have a look at the latest data from the Case-Shiller Home Price Index. According to January data that was released yesterday, Seattle-area home prices were: Down 0.3 percent December to January…

NWMLS: Home prices back in black, snow storm freezes out pending sales

Let’s play some catchup and take a look at February market stats from the NWMLS. The King County median price of single-family homes was basically flat year-over-year in February, inventory was way up from a year ago but not by as much as it has been, and pending sales slipped thanks to the nasty weather…