The Thurston County housing market continued to show improvement as both sales and prices rose in January, according to Northwest Multiple Listing Service data released Tuesday.
Home sales rose 21.1 percent to 189 units last month from 156 units in January 2012, while median prices rose 4 percent to $214,000 from $205,782 in the same period, the combined single-family residence and condo data show.
The number of homes for sale also fell sharply last month, down 22 percent from last year, although inventory levels remained above 1,000 units.
In December, the number of homes for sale had fallen below 1,000 units for the first time in six years.
Fewer homes to choose from, combined with buyer demand, is thought to stimulate prices.
Thurston County Realtors Association President Pat Pieroni didn’t go so far as to say the turnaround in the housing market is complete, but it is a sign that the market has hit bottom and is beginning to rise again, he said.
“There’s just a good feeling out there right now,” Pieroni said Tuesday, adding that prospective buyers are a little more motivated than they were a few months ago.
January also was much busier than it typically is, he said.
Pending sales rose 31 percent to 321 units last month from 245 units in January 2012, and new listings in January rose to 348 units from 262 units in the same period, the combined data show.
BY THE NUMBERS
Thurston County single-family residence data for January 2013/2012:
• Sales rose 22.5 percent to 185 units from 151 units.
• Prices rose 2.38 percent to $215,000 from $209,995.
• Pending sales rose 31.7 percent to 311 units from 236 units.
• Number of single-family residences for sale fell 21.8 percent to 988 units from 1,264 units.
• Number of new single-family residence sales in January rose to 341 units from 251 units.
Thurston County condo data for January 2013/2012:
• Sales fell to four units from five units.
• Median prices rose 19.9 percent to $121,000 from $100,900.
• Pending sales rose to 10 units from nine units.
• Number of condo listings fell 31.5 percent to 39 units from 57 units.
• Number of new condo listings fell to seven units from 11 units.Rolf Boone: 360-754-5403 firstname.lastname@example.org theolympian.com/bizblog Source: Northwest Multiple Listing Service.