Rising interest rates not yet slowing home sales or “too concerning” for NWMLS officials
*NOTE* – the data we are looking at is from the full month of March. The NWMLS comprises 26 of Washington’s 39 counties, mostly in the western part of the state.
Here are the bullet points from the newest press release from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service, which provides housing market data for most of Western Washington:
- The report showed a 7.4% year-over-year drop in pending sales, but brokers suggested the decline is likely a reflection of limited supply.
- Rising mortgage rates have not had a serious impact on home sales or prices.
- Experts predict mortgage rates to continue trending higher in the coming months.
- Multiple offers are still the norm. “Buyers are making strong offers, pre-inspecting homes, and making sure financing is in place.”
- “The market is following the normal seasonality of spring, which brings more resale listings coming on the market.”
- The area-wide median price was $638,000, up about 16.4% from a year ago and up 9% from February.
- Northwest MLS figures show prices in the four-county region (King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish) have surged nearly $200,000 (38.5%) since March 2020, jumping from a median price of nearly $520,000 to nearly $720,000.
To read the full press release, click here.