Monthly Market Update

Increased inventory leads the way to market stabilization

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Northwest MLS, the source for the most current, accurate market listing data in Washington state, today released its Market Snapshot for the month of June 2024.

Market Recap

Washington counties covered by NWMLS continue to follow seasonal trends with respect to inventory levels yet divert from typical patterns with regard to transaction volume. With the 30-year fixed mortgage rate currently at 6.86% (as of late June 2024), the purchasing power of prospective buyers remains constrained relative to a few years ago. Year-over-year for-sale inventory levels have increased dramatically relative to June 2023 (up 35.7%). Year-over-year closed sales transactions decreased by 3.1%, signaling that despite recent decreases in interest rates, buyers may be slightly less active when compared to June 2023. Higher levels of for-sale inventory should have an impact in stabilizing price levels over the summer months.

June 2024 Key Takeaways

Median Sales Price

  • The median price for residential homes and condominiums sold in June 2024 was $650,000, an increase of 4% compared to June 2023 ($625,000).
  • The three counties with the highest median sale prices were San Juan ($950,000), King ($875,000), and Snohomish ($789,497). The three counties with the lowest median sale prices were Columbia ($274,000), Adams ($236,000) and Ferry ($175,000).

Active Listings

  • There was a 35.7% increase in the total number of properties listed for sale, with 14,393 active listings on the market at the end of June 2024, compared to 10,607 at the end of June 2023.
  • The number of homes for sale increased throughout Washington, with 22 out of 26 counties seeing a double-digit year-over-year increase.
  • The six counties with highest increases in active inventory for sale were Douglas (+77.2%), Pierce (+48%), Clark (+46.9%), Snohomish (+46.2%), Lewis (+45.2%), and King (+43.3%).

Closed Sales Transactions

  • For Washington counties covered by NWMLS, June 2024 saw a 3.1% decrease in closed sales transactions year-over-year, a reversal in trends from April and May 2024, which saw positive increases in year-over-year transaction volume (9.5% and 6%, respectively).

Months of Inventory

  • A balanced market is considered to be 4 to 6 months by most industry experts. At the current rate of sales, it would take a little over two months (2.17) to sell every home that is active in the NWMLS inventory.
  • The five counties with the lowest months of inventory in June 2024 were Snohomish (1.37), Thurston (1.55), Kitsap (1.60), King (1.94), and Pierce (2.00).

CoreLogic Chief Economist Selma Hepp says the Pacific Northwest housing market is moving slowly toward normalization. “While increased inventory of homes on the market this spring offered potential home buyers more options, elevated mortgage rates put affordability at the forefront of housing market concerns,” Hepp said.

“Home prices did heat up again this spring in the Seattle metro area, putting the region among the strongest appreciating markets across the country. More inventory will slow pressure on home prices over time.”

Consumer and Broker Activity

NWMLS also provided insights into consumer activities during the month of June 2024:

  • Keyboxes located at listed properties were accessed 163,536 times in June 2024, on par with activity in May 2024 when they were accessed 163,414 times.
  • The total number of property showings scheduled through NWMLS-provided software decreased from May 2024 (128,924 showings) to June 2024 (119,775 showings).
  • Brokers seeking to further assist consumers as they navigate the market are making special note of properties that are eligible for the Down Payment Resource (DPR) program offered by NWMLS. In June 2024, there were 16,015 listed properties that were eligible for this program, an increase of 15.3% over June 2023.

Monthly Statistics

View infographics and PDF reports comparing the amount of active inventory, number of pending and sold listings and median price last month compared to same month last year.

Market Trends

View data reports of the market including listings, sales and inventory over the last five years. Data can be filtered by county, year-over-year or year-to-date and property type.

About Northwest Multiple Listing Service

As the leading resource for the region’s residential real estate industry, NWMLS provides valuable products and services, superior member support, and the most trusted, current residential property and listing information for real estate professionals. NWMLS is a member-owned, not-for-profit organization with more than 2,500 member offices and 30,000+ real estate brokers throughout Washington state. With extensive knowledge of the region, NWMLS operates 20 service centers and serves 26 counties, providing dedicated support to its members and fostering a robust, cooperative brokerage environment.

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