On Seattle’s eastside, there have been 6 straight months with an increase in the number of real estate sales. There’s clearly a trend here, although some people do not agree there’s a trend in Seattle real estate. The trend in sales is matched by the slower increase in the number of homes for sale. If you look at May last year, there were 3360 homes for sale on the eastside and this year there were only 2733 homes for sale.
The number of homes that sold in May, 2011 is close to the highest number of sales for last year, which happened in April. Last year sales were inflated by the tax credit. This year there’s no tax credit available. This year’s real estate sales are fueled by buyers who feel comfortable moving forward and purchasing homes because prices are down, they want and need to buy. Interestingly, when I speak with buyers at open houses they tell me they’re seeing some of the good homes moving rather quickly. The buyers are taking notice and buying those homes that are priced well.
In May 2011, there were 2733 homes for sale and 720 of these homes had offers. The absorption rate, the number of homes that sold during a month compared to the number for sale, was 26%. One-fourth of the Seattle eastside homes for sale sold in May.
How is the real estate market doing in your area?