Blame the nice weather and the cockeyed optimism that accrues in an economic recovery.
The real estate market is back. Sales are up, Inventory is down and the price of homes has increased.
The Northwest Multiple Listing Service reported Thursday that the weather and restored confidence “are propelling home buying activity around Western Washington to the highest level in nearly a decade.”
Buyers are hungry and the greatest impediment to greater sales is the lack of inventory, the agency said.
Dick Beeson, principal managing broker at RE/MAX Professionals in Tacoma and a member of the NWMLS board of directors, stated that both buyers and sellers are frustrated, “but buyers will not be dissuaded. Sellers are frustrated because they can’t find replacement homes. Some won’t list their homes because of fear of not finding a suitable replacement.”
“The pent-up demand being unleashed has rocketed pending sales back to the levels of our record year in 2006,” said Ken Anderson, president and designated broker at Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty in Tumwater.
Buyers, Anderson stated, are leaving the sidelines, while “at the same time, homes for sale are near a 10-year low.”
J. Lennox Scott, chairman and CEO of John L. Scott Real Estate, was more effusive still.
“The housing market is on fire,” he said in Thursday’s NWMLS news release. “Due to a backlog of buyers and a shortage of homes available for sale, we are experiencing multiple offers on nearly every new listing.”
Among the February data released Thursday: