Friday, March 16, 2007

Snohomish County Real Estate Market Report

Frigid Air Affects Home Sales

"A rapid shift in February to frigid air in much of the country had a cooling effect on home shopping that went beyond normal seasonal factors. Weather factors have continued since, reported David Lereah, the National Association of Realtors chief economist." You will see this is true for both the King County and Snohomish County housing markets. But, even though sales slowed, prices rose in both counties.

Active listings in King County increased in February 2007 by 1,708 homes or 28 percent compared to the same time period in 2006. In comparison, sales in February decreased by 2 percent or 78 homes. The average market time in February increased by 31 percent. An increase of 15 days compared to February 2006.

King County continued to experience healthy appreciation, with the average sales price 12 percent higher in 2007 than 2006, bringing the average sales price to $463,444.
Year to date, sales weakened by 3 percent, while prices strengthened by 11 percent and market times increased 30 percent.

Likewise, Snohomish County had a 13 percent decrease in sales. Down 202 homes from February a year ago, while the number of homes sold in February was, also, down by 203 homes or 18 percent.

The number of active listings increased by 13 percent from February a year ago and market times increased 35 percent or 17 days. The average sales price increased by 11 percent compared to February 2006, increasing to $366,016.

Year to date, sales declined 17 percent, market times increased 32 percent and the average sales price increased 12 percent.

These statistics above are EXTREMELY good news for Washington home buyers. Coming into the spring, there are more homes on the market to choose from and fewer buyers to buy. Sellers are becoming very comptetitive in their pricing to attract today's ready, willing, and able buyers. On top of this, interest rates have been inching down over the past 3 weeks. Buyers, it is time to buy!!

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