Seattle has fastest cooling housing market, report finds
Seattle's housing market is cooling faster than any other in the country, according to the real estate brokerage Redfin.
Driving the news: Of 100 major cities, Seattle ranked No. 1 when it came to several signs of a slowing market, per a Redfin report released Wednesday.
By the numbers: Homes in Seattle are staying on the market longer and selling prices are dropping, Redfin found.
- In August, about 34% fewer Seattle homes sold within two weeks compared to a year earlier.
- Meanwhile, the typical home sold for 2% less in August than in the previous month, per Redfin's analysis.
Between the lines: Rising mortgage rates and inflation are major factors in why Seattle's real estate market is cooling so rapidly, according to Redfin's report.
- The company analyzed prices, price drops, supply, pending sales, sale-to-list ratio and speed of home sales to come up with its rankings.
Zoom out: Many of the markets cooling the fastest are West Coast cities that have long been known as expensive places to live — think San Jose, Denver, Oakland and San Diego.
- Other rapidly-cooling markets include ones that recently became less affordable as people migrated there during the pandemic.
- That includes Tacoma, which also ranked among the country's top 10 fastest-cooling real estate markets.
What they're saying: "These are all places where homebuyers are feeling the sting of rising home prices, higher mortgage rates and inflation very sharply," said Redfin chief economist Daryl Fairweather.
- "They're slowing down partly because so many people have been priced out and partly because last year's record-low rates made them unsustainably hot."
What we're watching: Whether the Federal Reserve's latest interest-rate hike could lead to Seattle’s real estate market leveling off even further.
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