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Why Home Prices Are Increasing

A national look and a localized action.

There are many unsubstantiated theories as to why home values are continuing to increase.

From those who are worried that lending standards are again becoming too lenient (data shows this is untrue), to those who are concerned that prices are again approaching boom peaks because of “irrational exuberance” (this is also untrue as prices are not at peak levels when they are adjusted for inflation), there seems to be no shortage of opinion.

However, the increase in prices is easily explained by the theory of supply & demand. Whenever there is a limited supply of an item that is in high demand, prices increase.

It is that simple. In real estate, it takes a six-month supply of existing salable inventory to maintain pricing stability.

In most housing markets, anything less than six months will cause home values to appreciate and anything more than seven months will cause prices to depreciate (see chart below).

Why Home Prices Are Increasing | MyKCM

According to the Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the monthly inventory of homes for sale has been below six months for the last five years (see chart below).

Why Home Prices Are Increasing | MyKCM

Bottom Line

If buyer demand continues to outpace the current supply of existing homes for sale, prices will continue to appreciate. Nothing nefarious is taking place. It is simply the theory of supply & demand working as it should.

Next steps on the Seattle front

Consider taking a look at Seattle-specific data. The latest 12-page Metropolist Magazine is a good place to start. Review the trends for condominiums and single-home properties and also details about specific neighborhoods. Interested in Queene Anne? Take a look. Is Fremont more your speed? Jump into the data.

What else? Case studies on both commercial and residential transactions.

What would be better?

Review the Metropolist Magazine with your trusted Metropolist broker.

Get clear and take the next step toward your Seattle real estate vision for yourself and your family.