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Keep up to date on the latest market information on Anacortes, Guemes Island, La Conner and all of Fidalgo Island right here with informative posts, statistical graphs and witty commentary.

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September 15th, 2010

Market Activity Report

Written by Nate Scott

S o I've heard a few times in passing recently  that the housing market is worse than a year ago, and folks wondering aloud when it will change, so I took a  look at some market activity numbers this morning and found that things are indeed much better than a year ago and I can't see them moving backwards at this point.  …

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July 30th, 2010

Jumbo’s Coming Back?

Written by Nate Scott

G ood news on the Jumbo loan front, the first securitization since 2008 closed late this spring which may point to the beginning of a recovery in the higher price range for real estate. Until this $238 million dollar securitized deal was sold all jumbo loans had to be portfolio loans which banks are reluctant to do. This …

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March 4th, 2010

Northwest MLS brokers say housing market in Washington state indicates recovery

Written by Nate Scott

The Northwest Multiple Listing Service released the following market update today: K IRKLAND, Wash. (March 4, 2010) - Northwest Multiple Listing Service members reported strong gains in home sales during February, with brokers pointing to several encouraging signs for a busy spring season. Improving consumer confidence …

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October 2nd, 2009

Assessed values being adjusted in Anacortes

Written by Nate Scott

A quick conversation with the Skagit County Assessors Office confirmed that while they are not done with the process of doing their analysis, it does look like they will be adjusting down a good amount of the residential properties in Anacortes by around 10% and some possibly down by 15%. At this point there is no way …

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September 11th, 2009

What is Your Property Worth in the Current Market – or – Who Invited the Appraiser, Anyway?

Written by Meredith Laws

I don’t have to tell you that there are a lot of factors to be considered when determining property values - some scientific, (probablities, sales histories, market averages, etc.) and some emotional (how motivated is the seller, can that one-in-a-million buyer live without the property, etc.). One thing is certain, …

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July 28th, 2009

Quadrant boosts production in response to home sales

Written by Nate Scott

O ur area's largest homebuilder has boosted production from 2 homes a day, to 3 homes a day in response to the uptick in home sales. Quadrant homes are in the $200-300,000 range and are lined up exactly where demand currently lies. I wouldn't expect to see some of our higher end home builders jump on the bandwagon just …

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July 27th, 2009

New Home Sales on the rise!

Written by Nate Scott

G ood news for home builders, and ultimately the economy. Sales of new homes showed strong increases in June, inventory of new homes has dropped below "normal" levels, and builder confidnece is up. All of these point to more new home starts in our future which of course means jobs in the construction industry and supplies …

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June 9th, 2009

May Market Statistics for Anacortes

Written by Nate Scott

W aiting to buy? Don't. While we are not performing at the same level as the rest of the area, we are on our way. The North West Multiple Listing Service reports shrinking inventory, double digit increases in pending sales, solid open house activity, and signs of stabilizing prices (eight of the 19 counties reported show …

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May 8th, 2009

Anacortes Real Estate Info…Trulia

Written by Meredith Laws

Have you ever seen Trulia? It is a pretty fun website that is all about real estate.  They have very interesting and very pretty stats to look at, and you can check out listings from all over the country! Here’s the link to the Trulia Anacortes stats page -(Thank you in advance for politely ignoring all those other …

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May 8th, 2009

Fun with Graphs and Tables!

Written by Meredith Laws

Here are some fun graphs and tables to keep you busy this weekend! If you read my newsletter, you know I am not one to sugarcoat a situation, but I do feel a bit of a warming in the market. Or, at least a bit of a slowing of the slide. Is that creaking noise the ice beginning to move? Let’s hope so! Better yet… let’s …

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