Inventory Up, Sales Down (Still)

Yes, the May MLS numbers are out. Here are direct links to the full NWMLS stats and the King County "breakouts" (PDFs). So far I’ve seen just one news report on the numbers, a blurb in the Puget Sound Business Journal: Buyers looking for homes near the job centers of Seattle and Bellevue won’t find […]


April: Inventory Up, Pending Sales Down

Breaking News: April NWMLS numbers released: King County Median home price surges to $419,500, Listings up 2%, Pending Sales down 12.5% from April ’05. Get ready for the enthusiastic stories from all the usual suspects cheering on the huge price gains and proclaiming that the idea of a bubble in Seattle has been once and […]


February Sees Continued Slowdown

Perhaps I’ve somehow overlooked the stories in the news outlets, but February’s numbers are available (pdf file), and from what I can tell, the slowdown in Seattle continues. Combined home sales in King County dropped for the second straight month, and the fourth time in the last six months. Sitting at $344,950, the combined price […]

Press Optimism Beginning To Fade?

With the lull that has set in on housing this winter in the Seattle area, the news reports about the dead time are almost more interesting than the housing news itself. For example, take the four stories in today’s papers about December’s housing numbers. Here are the headlines: Housing prices keep rising as sales slow […]

November: Home Prices Keep Rising — Sortof

November numbers were released today by the Northwest Multiple Listing Service. You can check out the raw numbers here in PDF format, or you’ve got your pick of four local papers and their commentary on what the numbers “mean”: Much like the movie “Groundhog Day,” the latest news on local home sales may sound like […]


September Prices Mostly Flat Vs. August

Home sales figures for the month of September have been released for the Northwest, with Pierce County’s combined (house & condo) median price posting a 19.5% gain year-on-year to $245,000, and King County’s median price (house only) gaining 15.5% year-on-year to $381,250. Interestingly, that is a 1% decrease from August 2005’s $385,000 high for King […]