(The absorption rate, the percentage of condos selling, is the number of condos for sale in any given month divided by the actual number of condos sold that month. So if the absorption rate or chance of selling is 10% that means out of 100 condos for sale, 10 received offers and sold.)
February, 2010 1333 condos for sale, 194 condos sold, 14% odds of selling.
January, 2010 1217 condos for sale, (now 121) 141 condos sold, (now 10%) 12% odds of selling.*
February, 2009 1195 condos for sale 85 condos sold, 7% odds of selling.
*Adjusted from previous month’s original numbers to reflect the actual number of condos sold and closed. Some of the sales originally reported last month failed and did not close. Fifteen percent of condo sales originally reported in January failed to close. Some of the reasons sales fail are the buyer and seller don’t agree on the building inspection, the condo does not appraise for the sales price or the buyer’s financing does not come through.
There’s been a 9% increase in the number of Seattle-Eastside condos for sale but the number of home sales jumped up dramatically. There were 73 more condos sold on Seattle’s eastside in February than in January. The sales numbers are still behind the peak of sales in September and October of 2009, but they’re inching closer to those numbers, which is a good sign.
More condos are coming up on the market as Seattle-eastside home sellers traditionally put their homes on the market in the spring. The push to get a home or condo on the market is compounded by the 2010 home buyer tax credit deadline of April 30th.
There are 45 days left to use the home buyer tax credit into 2010. If you’d like to move and take advantage of the tax credit, you need to get a move on!