Case-Shiller: Seattle Home Values up 8.2% in 2012

The December data is in, and Seattle home values are up 8.2% from December 2011, the largest one-year gain since 2006.

Nationwide, home values were up 6.8%.

The recovery in home prices reflects a general rebound in the construction sector.

Locally, the Seattle market is very hot, with low inventory and a pool of buyers arming themselves with pre-inspections to fight bidding wars, as multiple-offer situations have become commonplace again.

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Seattle Home Values Continue To Rise!

The latest Standard & Poors/Case-Shiller Index report shows that home values were up by 0.5% in November and up 7.45% in the previous twelve months. Nationwide, home values are up 5.52% from the previous year.

“Housing is clearly recovering,” we quote the accompanying press release. “Prices are rising as are both new and existing home sales. Existing home sales in November were 5.0 million, highest since November 2009. New Home sales at 398,000 were the highest
since June 2010. These figures confirm that housing is contributing to economic growth.”

You can read the entire press release here.

The median price of in-city Seattle resale houses was $400,000 for the 4th-quarter of 2012, up from $349,500 in 2011. (Data ours).

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SRESes also draw upon the expertise of a network of senior specialists, such as estate planners, CPAs, and eldercare lawyers, and we are familiar with local community resources and services.

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October Home Prices Stabilize

The Standard & Poors / Case-Shiller Home Price Indices show that October home values were pretty much the same as September, as the nationwide index went from 146.17 to 146.08.

In Seattle, the index went from 142.09 in September to 141.82 in October.

So far in 2012, Seattle home values are up 8.3%, which is the biggest annual gain since 2006.

Inventory levels are at astounding lows in the Seattle market, and while there are good buys to be had, many prospective sellers are simply “staying put.”

Case-Shiller: Home Prices Rocketing Skyward

Even as the economy struggles to recover, home prices continue to improve, according to the latest (September) Standard & Poors / Case-Shiller report released today.

Seattle home values are up an astonishing 10.6% from February, after picking up another small gain in September. The local index now stands at 142.09.

Nationwide, home values are up 9.05% in the same period, with the index standing at 146.22.

The Index is pegged relative to home values in January 2000, where it is set at 100.00.

Home values peaked nationwide in July 2006 at 206.52, the latest reading is 146.22, about even with values in September 2003.

The Seattle market peaked in July 2007 at 192.30, it is currently at 142.09, close to readings from February 2005.

For more information, visit the Standard & Poors website.

Why do the U.S. Presidential Candidates Ignore Housing?

Because values have been going up all year.

The latest Case-Schiller Index report shows that home values nationwide continue to recover, going up 0.88% in August and 6.79% for the year – a faster recovery than the economy as a whole.

Seattle is up 8.17% for the year, and the August numbers were basically even with July, 141.69 compared with 141.78.

Is housing “out of the woods,” safely on its way to rebounding to 2006-2007 price levels?

Those are two different questions.

US Housing values are likely to remain stabilized and perhaps continue to recover, as government policy is to stimulate the economy through holding interest rates down. The current 30-year fixed rate is around 3.5%, which means that a $100,000 loan would have a monthly payment of $449.

For more information – http://www.standardandpoors.com/home/en/us

The Quarterdeck and a brief history of Magnolia

With our new listing at the Quarterdeck, we wanted to share with you some historical notes about Magnolia . . .

First, the big mistake. In 1855, federal surveyors making their way through Puget Sound noticed the huge trees on the yellow 300-foot cliffs and named the hillside after them, calling it, “Magnolia.” Except they were Madronas, not Magnolias. Oops.

That never got corrected. The next year, Dr. Henry Smith came up from Olympia and claimed “Smith’s Cove.” In the 1880s, the railroad found its way over, made it there, the city annexed Magnolia in 1891, and the largest pier on the Pacific coast was built there in 1903.

A tract of rich farmland known as the “Pleasant Valley,” which is not the subject of the song Carole King wrote for the Monkees (that was New Jersey), ran from about Howe St to Emerson, and from 28th Ave West to about 36th or so.

Touching the NE corner was a 35-acre tract of undeveloped land owned by Thomas Eyanson, a leading clothing manufacturer who lived in Eastlake. In 1945, the Navy built 46 two- and three-family houses on the east slope overlooking Salmon Bay, and with views of Mt. Rainier and Mt. Baker, for 130 returning vets and their families.

In 1967, the Seattle Housing Authority sold the site in eleven tracts to developers who announced a comprehensive plan for development of the site. They formed the Magnolia Crest Association, with the goal of making it the “Nob Hill of Seattle,” agreeing to architectural conformity, to put utilities underground for “elegance,” and to pool funds for mutual expenses. Building began at a furious pace.

The owners of the Quarterdeck met with some hiccups, but when it was opened to the public in December 1975, it met with great response; it was fully leased within just a few months. A display ad in the Seattle Times proclaimed, “We’ve got features enough to fill this page – but rather than do that – do yourself a favor and drive to 2500 W Manor Place!” A swimming pool, sauna, apartments fitted with wood-burning fireplaces and spacious decks, visitor parking; these were spectacular apartments for the time, and they’re still pretty darned nice!

Condominium fever came to Seattle, and in 1980, the legal work of converting the Quarterdeck was completed. However, market conditions were less than favorable, and sales began in earnest in 1982 as, in the words of the marketers, “The Quarterdeck declares mutiny on inflated prices and high interest rates!!”

A generation later, the Quarterdeck is in the process of a modernization project that will ensure happy condo living for years to come: new siding, updated interiors and common areas . . . surrounded by Lawton and Magnolia Manor parks, ten minutes to Old Ballard or the Queen Anne hilltop, five to Discovery Park or Magnolia Village.

Our new listing in the Quarterdeck will be held open from 1-4 on Sunday, October 28. Find out more at our website.