Keller Williams Greater Seattle, Ben Kakimoto, Seattle Condo Agent

December 2010 Seattle Condo Market Update

By on January 6, 2011 in Feature, Market Updates, Real Estate with 3 Comments

December is the slowest month of the year in the real estate cycle, so we’d expect figures to be depressed and last month’s Seattle condo market stats didn’t disappoint.

The citywide Seattle median condo price dipped 3.46% to $251,000 compared to December of last year. West Seattle was the only market area that showed an improvement, though only slightly with just a 0.5% increase in median value. Northwest Seattle (north of ship canal, west of I-5) showed the largest one-year decline, down 16.4%.

Pending transactions (properties under contract) dropped 17.5% while closings dipped 13.7%, compared to the same period last year. Yet all was not gloomy…the number of closings increased 22.4% between November and December.

The number of active listings fell 1.8% to 990 units, the fewest number of available condo units for sale since February 2007. Seasonal fluctuation, increase in rentals, sellers holding out for a turnaround and the rise in foreclosures likely account for the drop in listings.

The Seattle condo inventory supply rate remained unchanged based on the number of pending transactions, but reduced 4 months to 8.3 months of supply based on closed units. Both methods reach the same conclusion, however, that Seattle remains a buyer’s market overall. Though, conditions will vary by neighborhood and price level.

While Seattle’s condo market will continue to struggle for some time to come, 2011 portends to be a more active market than this past year. Mortgage interest rates remain at historically low levels, but are expected to rise, which will may persuade buyers off the fence. New construction inventory will constrict as existing developments continue to sell off their remaining units along with the possibility of more condo auctions.

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  1. Looks like a great time to buy condos in Seattle, but with inventory dipping the great window to get the very best bargain looks like it may be closing. If you are sitting the fence you may be sorry for not jumping in!

  2. Dave Kinkade says:

    I’m not sure the inventory is dipping because they are being bought. Looks more like the inventory is being reduced because more units are being lost to foreclosure and joining the shadow market. That being said, man what a time to be a buyer! People who have the ability to buy now, but choose to sit on the sidelines, are going to kick themselves for not taking advantage of one of the greatest buying opportunities in history.

  3. Definitely, 2011 seems to point towards a trend of the market becoming more active as opposed to last year, and it seems that buyers in many areas are beginning to see the great opportunities that are to be had right now. Those buyers who are holding out because they’re waiting for prices to drop even further, will no doubt surely look back on this time and wish they’d struck while the iron was hot.

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