NWMLS December 2013 Press Release: Home Sales Moving Forward At Nice Pace As Recovery Continues

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The Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS) press release went live December 4th. With sustainable price gains, and fewer distressed property sales entering the housing market during November, the local market is in a healthy position. Buyers are feeling stable as they approach the home buying process. Inventory is still extremely low– Seattle has approximately a month and a half of inventory. Optimum amount for the Seattle area is a 4-6 month supply. Since we’ll be moving into the New Year with low inventory around Western Washington, potential sellers may want to take advantage of the buyers-to-new-listings ratio, especially in coveted neighborhoods and popular price points. Below is an excerpt of the press release. To read it in its entirety, please click here.

Improving inventory, stabilizing prices, fewer short sales, and a healthy local economy are credited with keeping the real estate market “chugging along nicely” around western Washington, according to brokers with the Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

The latest figures from Northwest MLS show year-over-year gains in inventory (up 4.8 percent), pending sales (up nearly 1.6 percent), closed sales (up 5.3 percent) and median selling prices (up 4.86 percent).

Brokers reported 6,624 pending sales (mutually accepted offers) of single family homes and condominiums during November, improving on the year-ago total of 6,522 for a 1.56 percent increase.

Closed sales across the 21 counties in the report outgained the volume of a year ago by 283 transactions, rising from 5,333 completed sales to 5,616 for a gain of 5.3 percent.

The median selling price on last month’s closed sales increased 4.86 percent, from $258,500 to $271,061. The condominium portion of those sales had double-digit price gains, jumping 14.2 percent. In King County, where 60 percent of the condominium sales occurred, prices were up 17.4 percent, rising from $204,500 to $240,000. Snohomish County condo prices shot up 19.7 percent from twelve months ago.

For single family homes (excluding condominiums), the median sales price was $280,000 area-wide, up about 4.1 percent. King County’s volume of closings dipped slightly compared to a year ago (down 2.9 percent), but prices increased more than 7.5 percent. The median selling price for single family homes that sold last month in King County was $414,000; a year ago it was $385,000.

OB Jacobi, president of Windermere Real Estate, believes the slowing pace of home prices, “is “actually a good thing,” saying, “As we saw in years past, continual double-digit price appreciation leads to boom and bust cycles that none of us want to relive.”

NWMLS 4 county chart for Nov. 2013

Northwest Multiple Listing Service, owned by its member real estate firms, is the largest full-service MLS in the Northwest. Its membership includes more than 21,000 real estate brokers. The organization, based in Kirkland, Wash., currently serves 21 counties in Washington state.

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