March Reporting Roundup

I would have posted the reporting roundup on Saturday, but I was out of town for the weekend, and my only Internet access was dial-up (*shudder*). The tone of this month’s reporting isn’t too much different from last month, except that we’ve got a small dose of optimism thanks to a slight spring improvement. Of […]

Foreclosure Tours Arrive in the Northwest

You’ve probably heard about the foreclosure tours that are becoming common in places like Las Vegas and Sacramento. Well it looks like they have finally arrived in the Northwest. Thurston County foreclosure notices have increased more than 50 percent in the first quarter of 2008 compared with the same period last year, prompting one real […]

February Reporting Roundup

Here comes this month’s market reporting roundup. After seven months of declining/flat prices, declining year-over-year sales in 27 of the last 28 months, and 23 straight months of an ever-increasing number of homes on the market, I think we can officially declare that the Seattle-area housing market is in a slump. Of course, while the […]

January Reporting Roundup

It’s time for another reporting roundup. Let’s see what the local newspapers have to say about January’s not-so-positive numbers from the NWMLS. Will they claim that the market “bottoming out” and about to jump into full recovery mode? Or maybe they have finally come to accept the fact that Seattle will not avoid the downturn, […]

Seattle Market Playing Catch-Up, Government Not Riding to the Rescue

Here’s a few quickies to start off your Monday morning. First up, Seattle’s market got a mention in the LA Times on New Year’s Eve while I was cavorting about the country. Note that this was a week or two before the NWMLS statistics for December came out, showing a year-on-year price decline. It’s the […]


October Reporting Roundup: There Goes the Neighborhood

If you thought last month’s reporting was fun, just wait till you get a load of the goomy tone of the latest wave of articles. I find it interesting that the NWMLS chose to release the statistics so late in the day yesterday, on the fourth business day of the month (rather than the fifth, […]