(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.)
May, 2010 1425 condos for sale 125 condos sold 13% odds of selling.
April, 2010 1437 condos for sale 281 (was 316) condos sold 19.5%(was 22%) odds of selling.*
April, 2009 1441 condos for sale 145 condos sold, 10% 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. 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.
Are we back to what may be normal in Seattle-eastside condo sales or is this the lull after the “storm of buyers” we had before April 30th? The odds of selling Seattle-eastside condos before April 30th was the strongest sales seen in years. With the 2010 tax credit behind us, we should continue to see people who need to make a move out there buying or selling a condo. We may see a lull in Seattle area condo sales. But I expect condo sales to get back to business as usual in the near future, once buyers get used to the tax credit having gone away.