Thin inventory puts pressure on King County home prices
Seattle Times business reporter
Buyers in January paid a median $410,000, down from $419,825 in December, the Northwest Multiple Listing Service reported Wednesday.
The inventory of single-family homes for sale was larger than a year ago. There were 3,132 active listings last month, up slightly from the previous January’s 2,975 but still far below the 5,378 listings in January 2012.
The tight inventory is pushing prices higher, experts said, even as buyers are being more selective in striking deals.
Pending sales, which are mutually accepted offers that haven’t closed, were down 5 percent from a year ago, while closed deals dipped as well. In Snohomish County, closed sales were down even more — 15 percent over the year, despite a 33 percent jump in inventory — in part due to uncertainty over whether Boeing would build the 777X in the Puget Sound region.