Buying a house in Seattle is finally easier, but not cheaper
The Seattle metro's real estate market is starting to level off, according to the latest data from Redfin/MLS.
Why it matters: After two-plus years of plummeting inventory and sky-high home prices, buyers in the Seattle area have waited a long time for a little relief.
What's happening: Mortgage rates started to surge in May and have since passed 7%, squeezing homebuyer budgets.
By the numbers: Inventory is up 10.2% and pending sales are down 36.8% since May.
- Median home sales prices fell from $850,000 to $760,000 from May to September.
- Sellers are increasingly dropping their asking price. In September, 46% of listings saw price cuts, up from 35.8% in May.
- Meanwhile, a shrinking share of homes sold above the listed price. More than 21% of homes sold above list price in September, down from 67.6% in May.
- Homes are now sitting on the market more than four times as long. In May, homes sold in five days on average, compared with 21 days in September.
Yes, but: Monthly mortgage payments are significantly more expensive than they were a year ago.
The bottom line: While Seattle's market is calmer, rising mortgage rates may keep homeownership out of reach for many.
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