Friday, March 3, 2017

Real Estate Broker Lockbox Report for Vancouver & SW WA - February 19, 2017

Southwest Washington + Vancouver WA Realtor Boxes Being Opened at a Strong Pace!

As we've reported in our report: Real Estate Market Report for Vancouver WA - January 2017 the home sales in this area have already seen strong activity despite the level of available listings dropping again to a very low level. The following chart is provided by RMLS, and this latest version shows that real estate brokers have been opening boxes almost 4,000 times for the week of February 19.  

Chart of RMLS Washington Lockbox Statistics February 19 2017 RMLS Washington Lock-Box Activity - Week Ending 2-19-17
The increase in lock-box openings, combined with the increase in Pending Sales puts Home Buyers on alert to be prepared for competition for the nicer listings that arrive on the market.  Here are our recommended Home Buyer Action Items:
  • Contact your home loan specialist and verify you have an acceptable FICO Score, Income and Savings Documentation; and have them help you determine your Spending Limit.
  • Identify the Style of Home and Neighborhood(s) you want to target for your home search.
  • Sign up on our website -, or contact us to have a custom home search set up that will alert you whenever a new listing comes on the market that meets your criteria.
  • Be prepared to take time off from work if a new listing comes on the market during the week - as it may not be available by the weekend.
Please contact us right away with any questions or assistance you may need with any of the above bulleted items - we are glad to be of assistance.

Home Owners/Sellers - with the weather getting somewhat better, this is a great time to take care of all those fix-ups, fresh paint, and landscape updating to give yourself a head-start on the home marketing process.  We'll discuss more Home Sale Preparation Tips in our next key-box update report.

Thank you for visiting and reading our real estate market update for Vancouver and Southwest Washington. Please feel free to contact us with any questions, or requests for assistance.

PS - 2017's Real Estate Market is already going strong for Vancouver WA.  If you ace planning on Selling or, just want to know what your home is worth -  we offer a no-cost, no-obligation Comparative Market Analysis for your Vancouver WA Home.  We also have on-line form to request your Home Market Analysis,,  Either way we trust you won't delay!

PPS - Now is a great time to visit our Homes For Sale Vancouver WA page, or the separate page for Condos for sale in Vancouver WA.  We've put much custom work in to make it Easy for You to search by Neighborhood or by Category, with Homes  and real estate listings from the entire RMLS.  Sign-up Not Required!

Some of the Popular Searches include:  Cascade Park Homes; The Heights Homes; Felida Homes; Fishers Landing Homes; Hazel Dell / Lakeshore Homes; Minnehaha / Walnut Grove Homes; and Salmon Creek Homes.

We also have Category searches including: Acreage Homes Vancouver WA; Listing Real Estate Agent Vancouver WA; One-Level Ranch Homes for sale in Vancouver WA.

This report and any custom charts (prepared by John Slocum Realtor®, our resident statistician) are based on home sales posted in the Vancouver MLS system (RMLS), excluding sales of mobile home; and shows the purchase activity since 2009; charting the 3 month Moving average number of sales, and the 12 month Moving average.  This "smoothing" of the trend-data helps illustrate the short-term and longer term trends in Vancouver WA's real estate market.

Disclaimer: as with any real estate statistics, we do our best to provide the best representation at the time the data was acquired.  We deem the data and reports reliable but not guaranteed.

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