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How is the move-up and higher end market? April 22, 2010

MOVE-UP/LUXURY MARKET

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Showing Signs of Life

Over the past several years, first-time buyers made up about 42 percent of the market. As a result of home buyer tax credits, those first timers represent close to 50 percent of buyers. However, increasing activity in the upper price ranges shows that buyers in the move-up/luxury market are sparking the housing recovery as well.

In King County, pending sales* of entry/first-time/move-up homes (those priced $599,999 or less) were up more than 100 percent
over last March. In the move-up/luxury market ($600,000+), pending sales were up more than 150 percent over last year.This is clear evidence that the move-up/luxury market is making a good recovery, especially when you consider that this market has not directly benefited from home buyer tax credits like the lower price ranges have.

Why is the move-up/luxury market improving?

• Buyers who are hoping to “time” the bottom of the market

• Low interest rates

• The increased affordability of jumbo loans

At this time last year, interest rates on a jumbo loan were in excess of 8 percent due to a large number of lenders exiting the jumbo market.Today, many of those lenders are returning, which has helped bring interest rates on jumbo loans more in line with conforming loan rates: near 5.5 percent. In addition, King County FHA loan limits are up to $575,500, which means that a buyer can purchase a home with as little as 3.5 percent down payment as long as the loan does not exceed $575,500.
There is clear evidence that the move-up/luxury
market is making a good recovery, especially when you consider that this market has not directly benefited from home
buyer tax credits. ”

With increasing optimism in employment numbers and consumer confidence, as well as the increasing availability of financing products,the housing market recovery should continue at a steady pace.And as we are already seeing,the recovery appears to be taking place throughout the price points, not just in the markets that have been bolstered by tax credits.

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+10% in King County Home Sales August 6, 2009

It is being reported through the Seattle PI & the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, that the July 2009 numbers for home sales is up 10% over this same time last year. Great news for our market as the indicators continue to move in the right direction.

Home prices have not come up as much though, holding in at $400,000 here in the Seattle area. This is about 14% from last year. More good news is that pending house sales are up 11.4%. These are all strong and positive movements in our local economy.

After the last 18 months, these are all welcoming numbers and indicators that we are getting this ship headed in the right direction.

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Latest market trend report February 10, 2009

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