News of substantial expected mortgage interest rate increases in 2017 may motivate buyers further to purchase while rates are low. Every 1% increase in interest rates equates to about a 10% reduction in purchasing price for the same monthly payment. So if you purchased a $600,000 home at 3.5% interest it would be about the same monthly payment as a $540,000 home at 4.5% interest.

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Increased pending sales have further diminished the supply of homes for sale-leaving slim pickings for buyers-especially at price points below $1 million in core metro neighborhoods of Seattle and all of Bellevue. Word on the street among local realtors is that many new listings are coming to market next week. While very welcome news to the ravished home shoppers out there, it falls desperately short of the inventory needed in the market to keep us from teetering into the abyss of an unsustainable seller’s market.

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Our markets responded to the outcome of the presidential election with pause, as home buyers and sellers pondered how the local real estate market (and country) will be impacted by the shake-up in the White House. Activity slowed in 12 of the 17 market segments we track here. This is definitely an expected response to any noteworthy national event. Time will tell how consumer confidence impacts the market for the longer term.

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Seattle and the Eastside split ways this week, statistically speaking. Most Seattle neighborhoods saw strong activity and an uptick in sales while the Eastside slowed markedly with sales down across the board. Renton remained solid aligning itself with the Seattle contingent and ignoring its Eastside neighbor’s influence. Condos followed a similar path with Seattle condo activity up while Bellevue sales fell flat.

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