Saturday, April 19, 2008

Wenatchee Condos Are Still Selling

Update: As of August 14, 2008, Shelley and I are now:

A current search of Wenatchee condo sales activity shows an even larger percentage of pending sales in relation to listings than my last report early in April.

Currently there are 25 pending sales on condos as compared to a total of 74 condos currently listed and active on the market. This includes two new condo listings in Cashmere.

The current pending sales range in price from $92,500 for a basic conversion 1 bed, 1 bath with 567 square feet to a luxury new construction riverfront condo at $625,000 for a 3 bed, 2 bath with 2396 square feet.

The current inventory of 74 active condo listings range in price from $92,500 - $650,000

I'm not going to post a link to the current pendings or active listings for single family homes but I will tell you there are 92 pending sales compared to 525 active listings. Although this is a lower ratio of sales to listings than in the condo category, I would venture to guess this is a far better statistic than most markets across the nation are experiencing.

As I've been saying... Wenatchee has a strong and diverse economy and Wenatchee real estate activity remains healthy. If you're looking for choices in the local housing market, there is a wide range of condos available to suit just about any budget.

Available inventory is constantly changing so please contact the TOP Team for the most current info, news and trends:
Carol Williams
Shelley Granger

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Have a great week-end!

Friday, April 4, 2008

Wenatchee Condos Are Selling

A search this morning indicated there are currently 20 pending condo sales in the local MLS, as compared to a total pending sales inventory of 105. This means that 19% of the current "Pending" sales are condos, yet condos only make up 12% of the total inventory.

So, in relation to the inventory of homes for sale, condos are doing quite well. All price ranges seem to be selling well.
7 (35%) are condos priced at $145K or less. (4 at $95,500 or less)
4 range in price from $179K - $239K
5 range in price from $335K - $399K
5 are riverfront condos ranging from $535K - $625K

Here are some other overall numbers I extracted this morning from the Wenatchee and East Wenatchee area of the North Central Washington MLS (NCWMLS). This does NOT including Cashmere, Leavenworth, or Waterville:
Total Residential Listings: 712 (including condos)
Total Residential Pending: 105 (including condos)
% of Listings Pending 15%

Total Condo Listings 74
Total Condos Pending 20
% of Condo Listings Pending 27%

If I take the condos out of the top equation, it looks like this:
Total Residential listings (excluding condos) 638
Total Residential pendings (excluding condos) 85
% of Listings Pending 13%

I'm actually seeing two points here:
First, in spite of a slow down in the market place, there IS significant sales activity going on. And, secondly, a trend toward a higher percentage of condo sales. I still contend, many of our condos are a great affordable option for those on a limited budget and I think the consumers are starting to get.

Our monthly SNAPSHOT, out of Pacific Appraisal Associates, shows overall number of homes sold year-to-date (as compared to 2007) down 23% and dollar volume down 33%. However, I don't think the dollar volume being down more than the sales volume means prices are falling. I believe it means there is a trend toward people looking for more affordable housing. The inventory of higher priced homes continues to GROW. Under the circumstances, I don't like talking about year-to-year comparisons at this point (2008 vs 2007) because 2007 was a frenzy and 2006 was even worse. We're getting back to a more sane market and that is a good thing!

Getting to the business at hand, here is an overview of the supply-by-price-range statistics (months of inventory anticipated based on current sales volume)
$ 0 - $95K 2
$95K - $135K 5
$136K - $165K 7
$166K - $195K 4
$196K - $250K 7
$251K - 300K 9
$300K - $350K 9
$351K - $400K 14
$401K - $450K 12
$451K - $500K 14
$501K - $550K 25
$551K - $600K 9
$601K - $650K 42
$651K - $700K 42
$701K + 11

So, you can see, in general, as the price goes up so does the month's indicated supply... with a slight dip in the $551K - $600K range.

Have a great week-end!

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