Friday Flashback: Suzanne Researched This

Here’s a fun Friday Flashback. How many of my readers remember this classic 2006 Century 21 TV commercial?

“Suzanne Researched This” became a big inside joke among those who didn’t buy the hype at the peak of the bubble. This commercial was so egregious that even Slate wrote an article headlined “The Nastiest Wife on Television.”

Friday Flashback: “The Market is Returning to Normal”

After mentioning how much the real estate reporting in the Seattle Times has improved, I thought it would be fun to take a look at a classic piece from November 2006, less than a year before home prices in the Seattle area peaked (emphasis mine). Home sales drop, not prices Prospective homebuyers who’ve been frustrated […]

Friday Flashback: “Homeownership in Jeopardy”

It’s been a couple of months since our last Friday Flashback. Here’s one from an April 2006 Seattle Times article written by our old friend Elizabeth Rhodes: $405,000 Median house price in King County Ann Dickhoff’s house purchase typifies a milestone in more ways than one. Like many other parents of adult children, Dickhoff was […]

Friday Flashback: “Kendra Todd agrees with Lar”

As some long-time readers will recall, Larry Cragun is a former Issaquah real estate agent who received a brief mention in a previous Friday Flashback for his characterization of bubble blogs as “the babbling and whining of children.” But he really deserves to have a Friday Flashback all to himself. So that’s what he gets […]

Friday Flashback: Expect prices to “go quite a bit higher.”

Here’a a great gem that was posted on Rain City Guide in April 2006 by Chuck Reiling: Are We Brewing A Bubble In Seattle? Probably the most frequent single question I get as a realtor from my friends and clients and contacts is “Are we in a real estate bubble?” …there are two kinds of […]

Friday Flashback: 10,000 New Condos Coming By 2010!

Here’s a delightfully hyperbolic piece from June 2006, about a year before Seattle’s peak pricing (but eight months after sales began declining year-over-year). By this time most of the rest of the country had figured out the boom was over, but remember, Seattle was special! Blaine Weber, half of the big-time local architecture team of […]

Friday Flashback: Should Have Listened to Mr. Sohn

From a NWMLS talking points memo that was circulated in June 2006: …the forecasts for housing price growth are calling for booming values in the state of Washington. For the June issue of MONEY Magazine, Fiserv Lending Solutions and Moody’s provided forecasts for the coming 12 months for 380 metro areas – they predict […]