In the Puget Sound region we have seen, and hopefully have personally experienced, this appreciation. History has shown time and time again that every strong market eventually experiences a temporary slowdown or 'correction'.
So don't let the little short-term snapshots fool you into thinking we're in a terrible market. On the contrary, it may just be time to go out there and buy something now, since CLOSED home sale prices in our area are still rising, but not in the double digits like we've seen in previous years. For the moment, buyers, you're getting the break you deserve.