Current Price Trends
The final statistics for 2007 have been released by the NWMLS. Prices continued to edge down for a third month. The median price for December was $266k, which was a 14% correction from the January 2007 figure of $308k. The 98375 area saw the most growth in recent years, a factor in this significant correction.
The average cumulative days on market - total time a home is for sale, from listing to closing - moved up a bit to 106 days, up from 102 days the previous month. Buyers continue to have the upper hand, even though the average sale price to original list price rose to 96%, up from 93% in November.
Listing inventory continued falling to reach the lowest level since February ’07. There were 368 homes on the market to begin 2008. Buyers will soon notice that their choices are rapidly diminishing. Sales broke loose a bit, rising to a level not seen since August. With just 39 homes sold though, sellers must remain committed to proper pricing.
* Homes sold - single-family homes, both resale and new construction, but not condos or vacant land.
** Median home price - the middle price in a given sequence of prices, taken as the average of the two middle prices when the sequence has an even number of homes.
*** SP/Orig LP% - Sale price divided by original list price.