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July, 2011 Seattle-Eastside Condo Sales-The Best for the Year?

Condo sales on Seattle's eastside

Seattle Eastside condo sales through July, 2011

July, 2011 condo sales hit the highest number of sales in more than a year.  There were 1063 condos for sale on the eastside, 76 less than June, and 250 of them received offers.  Twenty-three percent of the condos for sale had accepted offers, great odds when compared to the odds of selling just a year ago.   As you can see, there are so many less condos for sale now, almost 1/3 less, and more are selling this year than last.

Although, the odds of selling a condo are far stronger than the last few years, there are a number of the sales that didn’t come together.  I had reported 223 sales in June and looking at the chart now, I see there were only 195 condo sales.  This means 28 sales or 13% failed last month.

Sales fail for many reasons.  A condo may not pass inspection or an appraisal.  The buyer may not get financing or the condo complex itself may not fit financing guidelines.  There could be too high a proportion of renters as compared to home owners or there could be a pending lawsuit, both could affect the ability to obtain a loan on a condo in a particular complex.

August began with the economy and the volatile stock market hanging over our heads.  It’s too soon to see how this will affect our real estate market.  How are condo sales going in your area?