November 2017 was Seattle’s 15th month leading the nation on the S&P/Case-Shiller’s Home Price Index, the nation’s pre-eminent measure of single-family home prices.
Having briefly subsided from September into October, residential prices in Seattle resumed their upward trek, with the index turning positive by 0.18% in November. The official report from Case Shiller noted that “Seattle, Las Vegas, and San Francisco reported the highest year-over-year gains among the 20 cities. In November, Seattle led the way with a 12.7% year-over-year price increase, followed by Las Vegas with a 10.6% increase, and San Francisco with a 9.1% increase.”
S&P/Case-Shiller’s Home Price Index for October 2017 showed the Seattle Metropolitan Area as remaining 12.7 percent higher than twelve months ago, and continuing to lead all Pacific Coast gateway cities as well as cities across the nation. However, this was the second straight month in which the Seattle index declined on a monthly basis, although by a shallower percentage (-0.07%) than the -0.28% seen in September. October’s decline appears to confirm the end of the historic 31-month streak of continuous price growth in the Puget Sound region, even while it retains its nationwide lead for a 14th consecutive month.
Written by William Hillis, Research Editor, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty
Upon last month’s release of the CoreLogic Case Shiller Home Price Indices for August 2017, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty predicted,
“Should the trend since April continue on the back side of the peak home-buying season, it is possible that Seattle’s monthly home price trend could actually turn negative.”
This in fact is exactly what happened, with the Seattle index slipping by 0.28 percent monthly in September. That is not a steep slide, but to put it into context, the Seattle index has been positive for 31 consecutive months. Furthermore, Seattle home prices continue to lead the nation on a year-over-year basis, now for 13 months straight. As reported in the S&P Dow Jones press release, “Seattle, Las Vegas, and San Diego reported the highest year-over-year gains among the 20 cities. In September, Seattle led the way with a 12.9 percent year-over-year price increase, followed by Las Vegas with a 9.0 percent increase, and San Diego with an 8.2 percent increase.”
Written by William Hillis, Research Editor & Broker, RSIR
Monthly price growth has been slowing, but not among Seattle condos
We might be seeing the equivalent of an end zone dance for Puget Sound home prices. Yet according to the August results of the CoreLogic Case Shiller index, continued slackening in the monthly rate of growth is far from cutting Seattle’s year-long lead nationwide, and Seattle condominium prices have sustained their upward momentum.
William Hillis, Broker & Research Editor at Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty breaks down what this means for the future of Seattle and its surroundings.
Perhaps it’s living together in a place of such abundant beauty and economic opportunity that brings out so many competing ideas about what our city and the region should look like, how people should live and commute, and what powers government should exert. Together with ever-greater diversity, attitudes on these matters in Seattle and the Puget Sound are increasingly in conflict.
Written by William Hillis
After piling up serial outsized monthly gains, the CoreLogic Case-Shiller home price index for Seattle showed signs of fatigue in July, settling down to a “mere” 0.65 percent monthly rate of growth. The region’s index remains up a hefty 13.5 percent year-over-year, but the ascent had been slowing since April on a monthly basis. It is too early to judge whether this signals a turning point, or merely a brief chance for hesitant buyers to get aboard the Seattle market’s fast-moving train.
JayMarc Celebrates 100th Home Delivery within Mercer Island and West Bellevue while Pundits Warn of Rising Land and Construction Costs; Predict New Home Slow Down and Escalating Values
Representatives of JayMarc Homes have delivered the 2017 “425 Idea House” located at 9803 SE Shoreland Drive in Bellevue, enviably located within walking distance of Old Main Street attractions. The 5 bedroom, 4.5 bathroom manse is comprised of 5,690 sq. ft. with three stories, an in-home garage and inspiring views of Whalers Cove and downtown Bellevue. It’s the centerpiece of 425 Magazine’s 11th annual showcase of design, architecture and lifestyle, which was previewed on September 14th for ticketed guests and attracted more than 160 attendees. Listed for $4,488,888 by broker Daniel Sessoms of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty(RSIR), a public open house weekend is scheduled for Saturday, September 16th and Sunday, September 17th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
In a recent visit to Seattle, May Lee of CGTN discussed the growing interest in Seattle with Dean Jones, President & CEO of Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty (RSIR), who told her “the secret is out and the Chinese know it.” Jones cited the state’s lack of income tax, top-ranked schools and relative affordability compared to other West Coast peer markets as contributors to the rise in foreign investment. And the Seattle appeal is certainly evident, as Lee reports that “according to a property website in China, searches for real estate here [in Seattle] have more than doubled beating out other favorites like Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.”
Written by William Hillis, Research Editor with RSIR
Golf, the world’s foremost stick-and-ball game, will forever be associated with Scotland. Yet the Puget Sound offers a strong assortment of world-leading courses playable year-round in the region’s mild climate amidst scenic topography. A fjord system of valleys carved by glaciers, the bays and inlets of Puget Sound are not unlike the firths of Scotland. And more than any other popular sport, golf is a game in which—in every sense—the landscape comes into play.
The seemingly unstoppable upward trek of Seattle’s home prices received special mention by the editors of CoreLogic’s Case Shiller Home Price Index, who observed that “Seattle prices are rising 5.2 percentage points faster than Portland, the city with the next highest increase,” and that “Seattle has seen the highest year-over-year percentage gains for the last ten months.”