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Real Estate Outlook – Seattle, WA – November 2012

Sales Continue to Climb, Up 27% Over 2011

According to statistics from the Northwest Multiple Listing Service (NWMLS), sales in October 2012 were up more than 27% from October 2011.  And, sales were up nearly 7% over September 2012.

Inventory at lowest level in years

The number of homes on the market (inventory) continued to drop in October.   Inventory was down nearly 46% from 2011, and down nearly 13% from September 2012.  With so few properties on the market, buyers continue to compete for homes and many sellers are able to choose from multiple offers.

Prices continue to climb

Home and condo prices in King and Snohomish counties continue to climb.   In King County, the average price was up 13.64% over October 2011, and in Snohomish County, prices were up 9.2% over the year before.

St. Patrick’s Day Dash

If you like to run, walk, jog, or crawl, come to the St. Patrick’s Day Dash, which benefits the Detlef Schrempf foundation in support of Northwest children’s charities.   It is a family event with green lines down the street of Seattle.  It starts at the Space Needle at 8am, Saturday March 17th, 2012.  Have fun!

Crime Prevention Meeting in Ballard

As reported on the local myballard.com blog, Thursday Oct 6th, 2011, more than 30 people gathered at the Ballard Community Center to talk about crime in the neighborhood.  Representatives from Seattle Police Community outreach, SPD crime prevention coordinator, BallardCommunity Center and Ballard District Council were all there to answer questions.

 The most prominent concern was homelessness and public intoxication.  In addition, there were concerns raised about graffiti and theft. The representatives from SPD repeatedly advised concerned residents to call 911 and stated that 911 was not only for life and death situations.  The local crime prevention coordination, Terrie Johnston, advised against calling the non-emergency number noting that “it’s not very friendly.”

 There are only 10 officers to cover the Ballard area.  911 calls are prioritized, which would explain the long response time to calls.  Many of the residents felt their calls were not taken seriously.  The SPD advised to enlist neighbors and call incidents at the same time to move it up in priority.

 Please follow the link to contact your SPD community outreach representative.

http://www.seattle.gov/police/publications/Prevention/CrimePreventionMap.pdf