Seattle was mentioned today in this piece from CNNMoney.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — Home price increases have slowed nationwide and even reversed in many markets. Inventories are up and new home builders are cutting back. More and more sellers are having difficulty selling their properties.(Les Christie, CNNMoney.com, 09.28.2006)
For some sellers selling their old home quickly is critical: They've already made other plans.
Tom Shipp, Seattle: "My partner and I purchased a new home in Seattle, before we listed our current home on the Eastside. Our agents were confident that our current home would sell in 2 weeks and advised that we not make a contingent offer on the new house. . . . [the bid] was quickly accepted.
Ninety plus days, a second mortgage, and a bridge loan later we are still trying to sell our Eastside property! We just made our first double mortgage payment and are feeling desperate and depressed. We are supposedly still in a "hot" market and our property has what the agent's say are the three mandatory factors for a quick sale; price, location, and condition."