Sunday, March 6, 2011

Real Estate Market Report for Clark County WA February 2011

Home Sales Showing Another Strong Gain for Clark County and Vancouver Washington in February 2011.

Clark County and Vancouver WA real estate has again improved with a nice up-tick in Pending Sales of about 10%; with Third Party/Short Sales plus Bank Owned homes making up approximately 44% of the total.

We are using the Vancouver MLS (covers Clark County Washington also) to obtain a quick snap-shot view of what happened real estate sales wise within the confines of Clark County Washington (Vancouver USA is the largest community) for the month of November.

The chart below is the condensed version we have prepared from Vancouver MLS data:
Vancouver WA Real Estate Market Report, including Clark County WA for February 2011 by John Slocum of REMAX Vancouver WA
While the level of Active homes is showing an increase, the volume of Pending Sales again picked up very nicely!  

The table below shows the most recent three months of activity for comparison purposes.  Although the median price showed slight slippage, the average sales price for February was the highest for the past three months. (right-click on the image to see the enlarged

Vancouver WA Real Estate Market Trends for February 2011, John Slocum Realtor Broker Agent with REMAX Vancouver WA

From this quick view we have an increase to 12.59 months inventory, which is has been a typical seasonal bulge in the supply of homes for sale in Vancouver WA. However, when we exclude active listings that are advertised as to-be-built new homes, the number goes down further (a good thing)!

For this month the Average Sold price is $235,585 which is up 7.79% from the prior month; while the Median Sales Price move down from $195,900 to $195,000.  The increase in the average sales price may indicate better action starting to take place in the higher priced market segments, which is very welcome.

The important items we are looking for the Clark County market turnaround are not just an increase in the number of transactions and firming-prices but, an increase in the "Normal Sale" (i.e., non-Pre-Foreclosure / Foreclosure) Category. In our opinion with about 44% of the Pending status homes being 3rd party or Foreclosure transactions (another monthly decrease), we may actually be seeing a positive trend -- with short-sale lenders improving their Approval Rates for short sale offers! Prices have been relatively flat, with some up and down, which is a typical and welcome sign of base-building.

If you are looking to sell your home in Vancouver WA, and Clark County Washington in this challenging market time please call or e-mail us with the details of your situation and we'll customize a marketing plan to get your Clark County Home Sold!

Disclaimer: this information is drawn using custom search parameters from the predominant MLS system covering Vancouver Washington and is not guaranteed to be accurate.
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The above information was provided by John Slocum and Kathryn Alexander, recognized as one of the top teams at REMAX Vancouver WA. We hope you enjoy the information in our posts, including videos on real estate and Homes for sale in Vancouver Washington and the rest of Clark County.

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