Vancouver, WA Real Estate News

By John Slocum, Broker, SFR - Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
A Modest Rebound in New Listings to start 2024; with a Minor Upward Move to Pending Sales; While Closed Sales Declined.January is the month near the end of the Winter slow-down that we start to see signs of "Spring" coming to the Vancouver WA home sales market; and this year we see some of that with New Listings taking a nice upward move. Home Sales Prices are still in a moderately declining mode (that was briefly "Interrupted" last month by One extremely large home sale of $13,000,000!).This first graphic we have compares just the month of January 2024, with the same month in 2023:Although the number of Active Listings is nearly the same; Pending Sales are substantially lower; and Sold Homes are significantly lower. If 2024 is having a worse start than 2023, this could be a sign of a c...
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By John Slocum, Broker, SFR - Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
New Listings Fell Dramatically this month for resale homes in Vancouver Washington; with Number of Homes / Units Sold nearing Decade-long Low; with Prices still facing downward pressure.We are now looking at a real estate activity level for the existing home inventory at a low level of activity not seen since the Great Financial Crash of 2008/2009!  We are also seeing Home Affordability at extremely unfavorable levels, which matches up with the nearly 1/3rd less activity seen in the current market.Our first table compares key measurements, December 2023 vs December 2022:Even though the activity in the real estate market had dropped substantially by December 2022; we can still see a large difference a year later in the Active Listings and Sold Units; suggesting we were still in the decli...
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By John Slocum, Broker, SFR - Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
A Decade Low 171 Pre-existing Homes Closed in November; as Prices Drift Lower.The last time there were fewer than 171 Closed Home Sales in Vancouver Washington took place in early 2009!  Typically we do not report on a single month's data however, for the past three months the "Pending Sales" value stayed about the same, and we'd expect the Closed Sales this month to also be similar to last month's number of approximately 250; and perhaps go down to the 225+- area - but no! We ended up 60 to 80 home sales lower!!!Our first table / graphic shows the November 2023 data vs 2022:For the "Sold Units" the 171 number posted this month is alarming, to say the least. We'll want to watch next month's results for this element closely to see if this is just a blip in the action or, a strong change ...
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By John Slocum, Broker, SFR - Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
Falling Sales Prices with Fewer Active Listings and Fewer Sales makes for a Very Challenging Market Time!This month we are clearly seeing the effect on the Vancouver WA real estate market from the continued high home loan financing rates. With far fewer Active listings than what we saw 2 or more years ago, there are also fewer buyers thus, the number of Closed Home Sales are down by a third or more!This first chart compares the monthly market data for October, 2023 vs 2022. Last year the market was well into the downturn but, we can see we've fallen even farther one year later:The next graph clearly shows not only the much lower level of activity in Vancouver WA for the number of homes sold; it also shows a "Flatter" and lower Spring + Summer bump!Without sustained reduction in home loa...
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By John Slocum, Broker, SFR - Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
Home Sales Prices are Facing Headwinds; With Already Lower Unit Sales Dropping Lower.With Lower Availability of Active Listings, the Home Buyers that are capable of purchases at these high price levels have been holding up the price trend but, we are seeing signs of that capability slipping away.  With the continued Rising Trend with Home Loan / Mortgage Rates, Homes in Vancouver WA, and across the USA, are becoming more and more Un-Affordable.This first chart below shows the month-only comparisons for September:Clearly the number of Homes on the Market and being Sold are at a much lower level than this time last year - and 2022 was in a steeply declining mode at this same time of the year!Our next chart shows that we are now 2 months beyond the peak of the year for Unit-Sales; and the ...
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By John Slocum, Broker, SFR - Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
Sales Prices halt their rise; while the Number of Sales Closed remains Incredibly Low.The Federal Reserve and Wall Street have continued to keep financing rates very high for home sales; which is the largest driver we know of that is keeping the number of homes sold at about 30%+ lower than we've seen in the past 5 years. The relatively high rates are putting a huge pinch on the buyers wanting to enter the market; and putting the pinch on owners that would like to sell their current home and need a new loan to buy their next home. The combined result has been an imbalanced environment with slightly more buyers than homes to buy; keeping prices up.The first chart we have shows the August-only changes, 2023 vs. 2022: In 2022 at this time the "Great Slowdown" was about 4 months old thus, t...
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By John Slocum, Broker, SFR - Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
New Sales Price High Attained, while number of properties Sold is still Greatly Reduced!As we continue to see ever increasing interest rates for the main types of home loans, the number of Resale homes sold has remained much lower than anything we've seen in many years. (Sales of New Homes are not included in this report).Our first chart shows the July-only comparison - 2022 vs 2023:For this chart please remember that the slowdown we are in had begun prior to July 2022, and was still declining at a strong rate.The graph coming up next shows how the Pending Sales started their decline in 2022; and the 2023 line is showing a somewhat seasonal "shape" although at a greatly lower level of activity:Continuing on, the graph we show with a longer history (more years in the data) for Closed Sal...
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By John Slocum, Broker, SFR - Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
The Reduced Number of Home Sales is Still Seeing Rising Prices!We've been told that the US Federal Reserve's actions raised interest rates last year in general, with specific actions targeted to Mortgage / Home Loan Rates (via changing their purchase-actions related to Mortgage-Backed-Securities aka "MBS"); with the intent to Slow Inflation and bring it back down to a target of 2% per year. The initial "Shock" to the local market has seen a greatly reduced number of homes sold; with an initial tread of reduced sales prices.With about a year now gone by from the Fed's initial change in direction, we are still seeing a greatly reduced number of homes sold when compared to prior periods; yet, Home Sales Prices have shot back up and have essentially recovered their prior Peak level!!!The fi...
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By John Slocum, Broker, SFR - Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
Slight Decrease in Activity observed as the market approaches the July 4th Holiday.From our previous posting of a couple of weeks ago, we continue to see a decrease in New Listings; and the Average Sales Price is off about $20k. We also see that Pending Sales are off slightly as well.The decline in New Listings is something we traditionally start to see at this time of the season thus, nothing unusual with this trend. The same can be said for Pending Sales, as the big holiday tends to be a time-segment many buyers don't want to have in the middle of a home transaction or, they'd just rather be on Vacation!Closed Sales are up very slightly - which is also typical what we see near the peak of the year, sales activity-wise.To be sure, Prices have recovered for the most part from where they...
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By John Slocum, Broker, SFR - Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
We are Still in the Brisk Season of the Year, according to these Real Estate StatisticsRMLS - our local MLS is the predominate provider in the Vancouver WA / Portland OR metro area, which is the bulk of the data in the graphic below:We can see that Home Sales Prices are still rising at a strong pace; with the Pace of the market being rather brisk. The decline in New Listings is something we'll want to check in on again next week, as our market has way too few listings on the market.Closed Sales are also up nicely, which is a trend we expect to see for this time of the year. With New Listings lagging for the past twelve (12) months, we expect Closed Sales to remain at a much lower level than what we've experienced for the past five (5) years or so.Thank you for checking in on our brief r...
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By John Slocum, Broker, SFR - Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
What a difference Higher Home Loan Rates make to Real Estate Sales in Vancouver WA!To be sure, in 2022 there was nothing subtle about the US Federal Reserve's change in policy that caused home loan rates to rapidly more than double. In the Fall of 2021 the rates were in the low 3.0%+- range; while in May of 2023 Freddie Mac says the nation-wide average was about 6.6%!!!For this report, please note that in May of 2022 (last year) we were starting to see the strong headwinds hitting the sales results for Vancouver Washington. Another way to say it: one year ago was when we were just starting the journey to the "New Normal" for this real estate market.Our first graphic is a new one for us, and is not a rolling average of 3 or 12 months of results but rather, the simple this month's tally c...
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By John Slocum, Broker, SFR - Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
The Real Estate Market in the Vancouver WA / Portland OR region has been heating up!The graphic below is a weekly snapshot provided by our primary MLS - RMLS, and is heavily weighted by the activity in the largest communities in the Portland and Vancouver areas for the time period 5/26/2023 to 6/1/2023:This week's key elements are all showing a Rising Real Estate Market; and is what we typically see this time of year.However, in our opinion this is still not a "Normal" market, as we have home loan / mortgage rates in the low 7% range that is making it much harder for first-time buyers to enter the market; and it also makes it harder for existing home owners (that currently have lower-rate home loans) to move within this market. To be sure the effect is more than 1/3rd fewer home sales t...
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By John Slocum, Broker, SFR - Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
In our updates we like to show brief graphics that help us understand the trends; where we've been, and the direction we are currently going. The first graph shows the 3-month rolling average of Pending Sales for existing homes in Vancouver WA:When reviewing the above year-by-year trend-lines, remember that most of 2020, all of 2021 and part of 2022 received an Overly amount of financial stimulation from the Federal Reserve. Clearly the first four months of 2023 are far below the sales activity we've seen in each of the previous five years.Our next chart goes back to the year 2009, and shows both the 3-month and 12-month rolling average trend for CLOSED Unit Sales:This longer-term chart is showing what has actually Closed (not all Pending sales actually close). We see that the seasonal ...
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By John Slocum, Broker, SFR - Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
The Local Real Estate Market is showing signs of warming up, with a small bump in sales, but with lagging new listings.The RMLS (for SW Washington) Snapshot Graphic for this month highlights for us many of the key measures we look at for our local real estate market:(If you would like to pull up last month's graphic as well, please open: Vancouver & Clark County WA Real Estate Snapshot for January 2023 in another tab)Quickly we see that the Average Sales price slipped only $2k; while the Median Sales Price went up $6k. Through the last half of 2022 the price decline was rather steep. So far we don't see the same declining trend in 2023.Pending Sales were down 10, which is not significant as we have a month that is short a few days. However, New Listings fell by 78 and Active Listings fe...
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By John Slocum, Broker, SFR - Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
With this being such a tumultuous time in the Vancouver Washington (and national) real estate / home sales market, I know we have readers that would like to have a good idea how February 2023 turned out. For most months the data "firms up" about 10 to 14 days into the month (for various reasons) thus, we'll call this report a "sneak peek. "The first chart we have is for the 3-month rolling average for Pending Sales, going back to 2018:With February being short by 2 to 3 days, in most years we see this month as a low spot in the year. However, currently with such a strong shock to the market still being digested, we actually see a move upwards by two units. That said, we are still down 35% year to date (ytd) (-198 units) compared to 2022 ytd.Here are the 3 data points that make up Februa...
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By John Slocum, Broker, SFR - Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
From the January 2023 data for Existing Home Sales in Clark County Washington we see mixed results, in that the overall trend is still down; however, Camas and Battle Ground show a slight upward rebound.With the largest city in the County, Vancouver WA, still trending downward, Camas and Battle Ground did not have enough energy to move the overall County trend upward.Here's our custom chart showing the 3-month rolling average:In the past couple of years both Camas and Battle Ground prices shot up faster than than the County average and in turn, they fell faster than the County average. Thus, to see the prices rebound slightly for those small communities may not be that unusual.Vancouver WA, the largest city in the County, did see improved prices that nearly halted the declining trend in...
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By John Slocum, Broker, SFR - Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
Across the USA the number of Home Sales tallied has declined to a much lower level than we had come to expect in recent years. For Vancouver WA and Clark County, our local RMLS has prepared the graph below that shows the Pending Sales by month for 2021, 2022 and January 2023:The above data points are by-month, and include Existing Home Sales plus New Construction Home Sales. One of the challenges or, short-comings of this chart is that not all New Construction sales are listing in RMLS and thus, those non-RMLS New Home Sales aren't reflected in the above chart.Another short-coming is that the years 2021 and 2022 were unusually high sales years, probably owing to the extremely low financing interest rates for those years.In any event, in the above chart you can see Pending Sales starting...
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By John Slocum, Broker, SFR - Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
Nationwide we are seeing reports that the number of Existing Home Sales have Declined for 11th Straight Months; and want to show our readers what we are seeing in the local Vancouver Washington market, and to provide a couple of additional reasons, beyond the massive rise in home loan rates, why we are seeing fewer home sales of late.We have prepared the attached graph that shows the rolling-averages (3-month and 12-month) tracking the existing home sales in Vancouver WA:We can see from the chart the existing sales losing their annual upward momentum around Spring 2022. This is also clearly a strong move to the downside such that the 3-month average never rose above the 12-month line; and ended the year at a point we haven't seen this low in 8 or 9 years!Nationwide the annual decline wa...
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By John Slocum, Broker, SFR - Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
The December 2022 Real Estate Sales Action Still Suggest a Seller's Market in Vancouver Washington!The Snapshot graphic below is provided by RMLS to show us many of the key home sales metrics for Vancouver, Clark County and Southwest Washington:Even though the real estate market is "slower" than it was in early 2022; these statistics for one of the slowest months of the year show rather strong activity.For example, a total market time of 52 days is relatively brisk (it is several days lower than December 2019) for this time of year. We also see Pending Sales exceeding New Listings; which tells us the Available Inventory is declining!Also, the statistic shown at 1.9 months includes New Construction. When looking at only Pre-Owned Inventory, the number shrinks to 0.8 months worth!!! This ...
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By John Slocum, Broker, SFR - Vancouver WA Real Estate
(Premiere Property Group, LLC - Vancouver Washington)
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