Like we didn’t already know this. Seattle home prices are falling just like the rest of the nation despite strong job growth, etc. Inventory has been increasing at a pace greater than demand is scooping it up. Redfin’s own Glenn Kelman comments in the Wall Street Journal’s latest housing bubble article:
Tight credit, fragile consumer confidence and a weakening economy are slowing sales and depressing prices even in some places — such as the Pacific Northwest and North Carolina — that until recently had avoided the housing slump afflicting most of the country…
Some of the fastest increases in home listings have occurred in relatively strong markets. The inventory in the Seattle metro area counties of King, Snohomish and Pierce leapt 50% last year. At the end of December, when listings are lower than usual because of the holidays, the inventory there was enough to last 4.9 months, denoting a fairly balanced market — but up from a very lean 2.7 months at the end of 2006. In King County, the median price in December was down 2.6% from a year ago.
Given the rise in supply, home prices in Seattle probably will fall further, says Glenn Kelman, chief executive of Redfin, a real-estate broker based there. “If you walk around town, you see cranes everywhere,” he says.
Tell it like it is Glenn!