Keller Williams Greater Seattle, Ben Kakimoto, Seattle Condo Agent

June 2008 Condo Market Update

By on July 8, 2008 in Market Updates, Real Estate with 3 Comments

June exhibited a solid month for Seattle’s condo market. Though unchanged from May, the citywide condo median price of $320,000 reflected a 6.7% increase over June of last year, marking the second consecutive year-over-year increase since December. In fact, most neighborhoods recognized value appreciation last month.

Seattle Condo Median Price

Seattle Condo Median Price Change

June figures also exhibited a 5.2% decrease in active listings compared to May. This is notable since we usually don’t experience listing inventory decreases until the Winter holiday season. The good news, at least for sellers, is that the decrease in actives offset the slight dip in pending transactions which helped to stabilize the inventory supply rate. The inventory supply rate, or absorption rate, is the number of months it will take to sell the current inventory based on the rate of sales (pending transactions) should no new listings come on the market. This rate is used to gauge market conditions. At 6.3 months, Seattle would be considered a borderline normal/buyers market.

Seattle Condo Market Update

Seattle Condo Absorption Rate

Based on the chart below, Queen Anne and Downtown would be a fairly solid buyers market, Capitol Hill & West Seattle a borderline buyers market and North Seattle a normal market.

Seattle Condo Absorption Rate by area

Seattle Condo Market Update - June 2008

Going forward I expect more of the same – a stabilization of the market, or even an uptick in sales for July, based on what I’ve noticed and what I’ve gathered from speaking with other condo agents (e.g. multiple offers on well priced listings). Additionally, mortgage rates remain low, with ARMs still available below 6%. Speaking of mortgages, often overlooked are FHA loans, probably due to the fact that so few Seattle condos are HUD approved (about 318). However, lenders may be able to spot approve a building for FHA loans which are available up to $567,500 and only require 3% down.

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  1. The Seattle condo market seems very strong, here in Tucson Arizona we dont have many condos but all price ranges and areas are down heavily over the past 3 years. This is a good sign for Seattle condo owners that even in this tough national market thier homes are holding if not advancing in price.

  2. says:

    That’s a lot of good charts, and this does continue to be one of the stronger markets in the U.S.
    If you own condos in this area you can be happy.

  3. Thanks for the condo update Ben. It’s interesting that Seattle and Leavenworth have a similar median price for condos. Looks like your inventory is up too, but not nearly as dramatically as ours.

    I just posted an update on the Leavenworth condo market here:

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