August statistics just released by the NWMLS show another modest increase in the median home price. The median home price for Puyallup ended August at $266k - still, a 10% drop in year-to-date appreciation. Today's news in the financial market - namely Lehman Brothers going bankrupt, Merrill Lynch being sold to Bank of America, and the possible restructure of AIG - will likely cause mortgage banks to further reassess risk. What this means is less money to lend to fewer people; less money to fewer people will mean fewer homes selling and the continued erosion of equity in Puyallup real estate.
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