There’s a “normal” real estate market in the Seattle area. What’s a normal real estate market? It’s a real estate market in which the market is evenly balanced between both buyers and sellers, which is a good thing.
Much like December, Seattle in January was “yellow,” on the map. “Yellow” means it would take 3-6 months to sell all of the available homes if no other homes come on the market. This is a good balance of homes for sale. Prices are still down and fewer homes are on the market than most of 2009, but more homes are selling.
Since it’s a normal real estate market, the best homes will “pop,” selling quickly while the overpriced homes will sit on the market through a price reduction or two before they sell or not sell at all. Some homes have sold in less than a week because they are great ones that are priced right and shine above the competition.
I’m seeing the extension of the 2010 home buyer credit continue to do its job of jump starting real estate sales. The first part of 2010 should be pretty active for both home buyers and sellers. After April 30th when the home buyer tax credit goes away, much will depend on how many homes are on the market and the interest rates.
What do the numbers on the map mean?
The map is divided into the numbered areas as defined by our Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS). Downtown Bellevue is area 520 and East Bellevue is area 530, as an example.
What do the colors mean?
Red means it’s a sellers’ market, a sellers’ advantage.
Yellow means a balanced market between buyers and sellers.
Green means its a buyers’ market.
If you take each area as shown on the map and look to the area number on the side of the map, it will tell you how long it would take to sell every home currently for sale if no other home came up on the market in that area.