Seattle Sunday Times: No ads!

As transaction volume begins to pick up as we enter the 2008 real estate season I thought I’d contribute to the decline of our forests and pickup a Seattle Sunday Times yesterday to check out the ads. Shockingly the only ad for a Seattle condo was from Escala. What happened to the big spend from Williams? Windermere Onsite? Have they finally realized that the hip crowd they’re catering to doesn’t read the paper?

Or is it that “Re-apartments” are blooming according to a story on the front page of the real estate section? …Though I’m shocked reporter Kirsten Grind didn’t mention Intracorp’s failures with Expo and Domaine even if they aren’t conversion-conversions.

Related News: Lock Vista in Ballard not going condo (via Slog) and CosmoBlog thinks Ava will be the next.

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  • Mark W

    One possibility is that because it was Superbowl Sunday there might not have been a lot of anticipation of interest in condo shopping.

  • Mark W

    One possibility is that because it was Superbowl Sunday there might not have been a lot of anticipation of interest in condo shopping.

  • http://twitter.com/mattgoyer mattgoyer

    True, as a Canadian who spent the weekend skiing in Canada I was pretty oblivious to the football festivities and their potential disruption. I’ll check next weekend.

  • http://blog.mattgoyer.com Matt

    True, as a Canadian who spent the weekend skiing in Canada I was pretty oblivious to the football festivities and their potential disruption. I’ll check next weekend.

  • http://www.getorlandorealestate.com/Commercial-Real-Estate-Investments-6-101.html Orlando Florida Homes For Sale

    I think with so much inventory out there that a realtor can’t afford to advertise in papers.

    I think they are coming around and realize people shop for homes on the internet.

  • jo

    “Urban Ashley” also said someone told her Olive8 was going apartment. This, of course, makes total and complete sense being that they are already 80% sold, have gone through the upgrade process, and are nearly two years into the project. It’s a no brainer.

    When are these people going to learn that when they say things like this, that it actually takes away a lot of their credibility? Think before going and saying something that anyone would a single brain cell would know otherwise.

  • jo

    “Urban Ashley” also said someone told her Olive8 was going apartment. This, of course, makes total and complete sense being that they are already 80% sold, have gone through the upgrade process, and are nearly two years into the project. It’s a no brainer.

    When are these people going to learn that when they say things like this, that it actually takes away a lot of their credibility? Think before going and saying something that anyone would a single brain cell would know otherwise.

  • http://www.2200life.blogspot.com EconE

    not a single ad in the airline magazine yesterday either. Usually there are about 10-15 condos advertised.

    Oh well…I guess condo-subsidized airfare is over.

  • http://www.2200life.blogspot.com EconE

    not a single ad in the airline magazine yesterday either. Usually there are about 10-15 condos advertised.

    Oh well…I guess condo-subsidized airfare is over.

  • j

    Econ,

    which airline??? I can’t believe that. Just last month, Alaska was plastered with them.

    It dropped that fast?

  • j

    Econ,

    which airline??? I can’t believe that. Just last month, Alaska was plastered with them.

    It dropped that fast?

  • jo

    eh, i flew alaska over the weekend and saw a bunch of ads in their feb issue

  • jo

    eh, i flew alaska over the weekend and saw a bunch of ads in their feb issue

  • EconE

    Jo…I saw the usual suspects in the Alaska Air mag myself last month. I flew United this time and was surprised to see that there wasn’t a single Seattle condo ad.

    Go figure.

    You would have figured that Alaska could at least sell me a half decent $5 cheezeburger for all the dough their raking in on their ads.

    The $5 “snack packs” were pretty gross too.

  • EconE

    Jo…I saw the usual suspects in the Alaska Air mag myself last month. I flew United this time and was surprised to see that there wasn’t a single Seattle condo ad.

    Go figure.

    You would have figured that Alaska could at least sell me a half decent $5 cheezeburger for all the dough their raking in on their ads.

    The $5 “snack packs” were pretty gross too.

  • nunya

    There is also a downtown living section coming out in the Times next weekend. Superbowl weekend is pretty light on advertising, no doubt with slower sales they are all looking at their budgets pretty closely.

  • nunya

    There is also a downtown living section coming out in the Times next weekend. Superbowl weekend is pretty light on advertising, no doubt with slower sales they are all looking at their budgets pretty closely.

  • Eric K

    Does anyone know how many of the downtown condos have non-refundable deposits? I know developers tried to crack down on investor purchases, but I think the big wildcard will be the number of people who thought they could sell their house and trade down to a condo with money left over. One of the reasons that real estate sales volume dries up in downturns is that most buyers don’t want to sell their house for less than it would have sold for near the peak. So they try to wait it out.

    As for AVA, I would be surprised if it is completed in this cycle (next 2-4 years). I personally think the current environment is a lot like February of 2001. Then again, Bellora was built very late in the last cycle, so it can happen again.

  • Eric K

    Does anyone know how many of the downtown condos have non-refundable deposits? I know developers tried to crack down on investor purchases, but I think the big wildcard will be the number of people who thought they could sell their house and trade down to a condo with money left over. One of the reasons that real estate sales volume dries up in downturns is that most buyers don’t want to sell their house for less than it would have sold for near the peak. So they try to wait it out.

    As for AVA, I would be surprised if it is completed in this cycle (next 2-4 years). I personally think the current environment is a lot like February of 2001. Then again, Bellora was built very late in the last cycle, so it can happen again.

  • Joel

    So were there ads this Sunday?

  • Joel

    So were there ads this Sunday?