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The July roundup of Spokane home prices was typical: mixed results such as a small increase in total sales, but a mild drop in prices.
Today's story touched on all that. The accompanying chart had me wondering if there's a pattern being established. Low prices in the first two or three months, followed by a peak in sales prices as activity increases, followed by a slump in home prices during the fall and winter.
Here's a chart of median prices of homes sold in Spokane in 2012, 2013 and this year so far. See if you see that trend as well.
Data supplied by the Spokane Association of Realtors. For slightly larger view, click on the graph.
Blue is 2012, magenta is 2013, green is this year.
Numbers are supposed to be neutral and generally behave the same, no matter who handles then.
But in many instances, including home sale prices, the numbers vary depending on the source.
CoreLogic, one of the country's leading real estate data gathering firms, said in its recent release that Spokane home prices, including distressed sales, declined by 1.8 percent in July 2012 compared to July 2011.
They also declined by 2.3 percent in June 2012 compared to June 2011, CoreLogic reported.
On a month-over-month basis, home prices including distressed sales, increased by 0.4 percent in July 2012 compared to June 2012.
But ask Rob Higgins of the Spokane Association of Realtors, and the numbers don't line up that way.
As reported last month, Spokane County median sale price jumped to $170,000 in July, up from $159,500 in June, said Rob Higgins.
The SR will pick up the more detailed August numbers in a day or two. But Higgins summarized the key points for the local association:
- For August the average and median price actually fell slightly from July.
- Compared to August last year the average sold price is up 10.6 percent and the median is up 9.5 percent.
Average home prices in
Excluding distressed home sales in October,
CoreLogic reported all U.S. home sales in October were 3.9 percent lower than a year earlier; excluding distressed home sales, the average home sale across the country was 0.5 percent lower than in October 2010.
Prices reflect a continuing rebalancing of supply and demand, said Mark Fleming, chief economist for CoreLogic.
The Spokane Association of Realtors reported slightly worse numbers for October.
The Spokane number includes condo sales while CoreLogic data don't.
The median price for October 2011 home sales, compared to a year earlier, was down 3.8 percent, Higgins said.
Of October’s 323 home sales, 79, or roughly 24 percent, were distressed sales, Higgins noted.
A bright spot for
Of the top 100
The map provided here from CoreLogic shows state price indexes measured vs. one year earlier. Dark red striped states have seen the largest declines. Solid red states, like Washington and Idaho, are in the minus-4 to minus-8 percent per year category.
Home sales in Spokane County fell almost nine percent in 2010 compared with 2009, according to figures released today by the Spokane Association of Realtors.
Sales of 4,250 homes were reported, compared with 4,666 in 2009.
The average price slipped 2.2 percent to $183,483, and the median price 3.3 percent to $163,400.
New home sales closed the year at 553, down 2.6 percent from 568 in 2009.
The inventory of unsold homes barely changed, with 2,593 on the market as of Jan. 5, 2011, compared with 2,606 at the end of 2009.