Southwest Washington Real Estate Blog

Article From HouseLogic.com

By: Leanne Potts
Published: December 21, 2018

New Tax Law Real Estate

Tax changes for 2019 change the landscape for homeowners.

Tax season is upon us once again, and to make it even more interesting this year, the tax code has changed -- along with the rules about tax deductions for homeowners. The biggest change? Many homeowners who used to write off their property taxes and the interest they pay their mortgage will no longer be able to.

Tax season is upon us once again, and to make it even more interesting this year, the tax code has changed -- along with the rules about tax deductions for homeowners. The biggest change? Many homeowners who used to write off their property taxes and the interest they pay their mortgage will no longer

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KIRKLAND, Washington (February 7, 2019) - Homebuyers around Washington state are making their way back to the market, hoping to take advantage of improving inventory, attractive interest rates, and more approachable sellers, according to officials with Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

Northwest MLS Market Snapshot

Northwest MLS statistics for January show year-over-year improvement in the volume of new listings and total inventory, along with moderating selling prices. Although fewer pending sales (mutually accepted offers) were reported than a year ago (down about 3.3 percent), January was the smallest year-over-year decline since May 2018 when the drop was about 2.7 percent.

Commenting on the MLS statistics summarizing last month's activity, broker Gary O'Leyar said

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KIRKLAND, Washington. (Jan. 17, 2019) - Members of Northwest Multiple Listing Service reported 92,555 closed sales during 2018, fewer than the previous year, but the dollar volumes surpassed 2017 by nearly $688 million for a small gain of 1.4 percent.

Northwest MLS Market Snapshot

Measured by dollars, last year's sales of single family homes and condominiums were valued at almost $47.2 billion across the 23 counties served by the member-owned Northwest MLS.

The sales activity reflects the work of more than approximately 31,700 brokers in more than 2,300 member offices.

Of last year's 92,555 completed sales, 80,232 were single family homes (86.7 percent of the total) and 12,323 were condos (13.3 percent). About 12 percent of these sales were newly built residences.

The

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KIRKLAND, Washington (January 7, 2019) - December brought few surprises for real estate brokers in Western Washington with holidays, fluctuating interest rates, and volatility in consumer confidence contributing to slower activity. Several leaders from Northwest Multiple Listing Service described 2018 as a transition year for residential real estate.

Northwest MLS Market Snapshot

New data from the MLS show inventory in its 23-county market area dipped below two months of supply for the first time since July. A year-over-year comparison of the number of new listings, pending sales, and closed sales show drops overall, while prices rose from the same month a year ago.

Member-brokers added 3,631 new listings of single family homes and condominiums during December (10.4 percent

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KIRKLAND, Washington (December 6, 2018) - With more plentiful inventory, recently announced increases in lending limits, and moderating prices, prospective home buyers are finding more options around Western Washington, according to industry experts from Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

Northwest MLS Market Snapshot

"Moderating interest rates over the past few weeks could provide a window of opportunity for buyers this month, even if the Fed is widely expected to raise them again in December," said Mike Grady, president and COO of Coldwell Banker Bain.

"We are continuing to see a balancing of the market," Grady stated, citing moderating prices and increasing inventory as contributing factors in comments about the latest figures from Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

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KIRKLAND, Washington (November 6, 2018) - Seven months of steadily rising housing inventory reversed course in October when Northwest Multiple Listing Service brokers added the fewest new listings since February, according to a new report. MLS members believe the onset of wintry weather and transition to the holiday season are factors, but suggested the slower pace also signals improving conditions for house-hunters.

Northwest MLS Market Snapshot

"After months of inventory growth that more than quadrupled the number of homes buyers have to choose from, things got back on a seasonal track with new listings and total supply falling in October," said Robert Wasser, a director with Northwest MLS, when comparing those metrics with September.

"Buyers are catching on to their

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KIRKLAND, Washington (October 4, 2018) - Housing inventory continued to improve during September while the pace of sales slowed in many counties served by Northwest Multiple Listing Service. "Balance is finally returning to the market, and with it, slowing home price growth," stated OB Jacobi, president of Windermere Real Estate.

Northwest MLS Market Snapshot

A new report from Northwest MLS shows double-digit increases in inventory in several of the 23 counties it serves, led by a 78 percent year-over-year gain in King County. Despite improving selection in the central Puget Sound region, a dozen counties reported drops in the number of active listings compared to last year.

System-wide, the month ended with 2.56 months of supply of single family homes and condos, well below

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KIRKLAND, Washington (September 7, 2018) - House-hunters in Western Washington can choose from the largest supply of homes in three years, and they are facing fewer bidding wars, according to officials from Northwest Multiple Listing Service.

Northwest MLS Market Snapshot

New statistics from the MLS show prices appear to be moderating (up about 6.7 percent overall), but brokers say they are not bracing for a bubble, or even anticipating a quick shift to a buyers' market.

"There have been incremental increases in listing inventory the past few months," noted Gary O'Leyar, the designated broker/owner at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Signature Properties, but, he added, "By no means have inventory levels reached a point that is deemed to be a balanced market."

Area-wide,

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KIRKLAND, Washington (August 6, 2018) - "Home sellers throughout the Seattle region are experiencing a reality check and the days of multiple offers are days of the past," was how one director with Northwest Multiple Listing Service summarized the market upon reviewing the statistical report for July.

Northwest MLS Market Snapshot

New figures from Northwest MLS show year-over-year improvement in inventory (up 6.5 percent), but modest drops on both pending sales (down slightly more than 7 percent) and closed sales (down 3.4 percent). Despite those drops, prices rose 8.64 percent across the MLS service area that spans 23 counties.

Several industry leaders commented on the steadily improving supply. The number of active listings system-wide totaled 16,773 at the end of July,

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KIRKLAND, Washington (July 5, 2018) - Home buyers around many parts of Washington state had more choices and less competition during June, prompting some industry leaders to comment on "a feeling of change in the market."

"Inventory is up and demand has dropped," reported Robert Wasser, an officer with the board of directors at Northwest Multiple Listing Service. That combination is "a pretty simple economic recipe for a softening market," he added in commenting on the latest MLS statistics.

Northwest MLS Market Snapshot

Figures for June show a 5.2 percent improvement in the number of active listings system-wide, coupled with drops in the volume of pending sales (down 8.4 percent) and closed sales (down .07 percent) compared with a year ago. Despite the shift of some

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