Joe Schmitt writes a weekly blog called The Good Life, featuring information about the region’s history, culture, climate and economy. The blog also showcases new residents, clubs and organizations, outdoor recreational opportunities and local events.
The Yakima area housing market continues to show strong signs of recovery. The total volume of residential homes sold was $23.5 million in June, the highest for any month in the past 24 months with higher end homes selling and selling quickly. The local housing market continues to rank nationally in both increasing home values and secure places to live. This month inmanNEWS.com listed Yakima, Washington as having the nation's third largest price increase in median single-family existing homes for 4th Qtr 2011 home sales over 4th Qtr 2010, at 11.4 percent, and the only west coast market in the top ten. To complement this report was another from Farmers Insurance Group which ranked Yakima at 14th nationally for safe and secure mid-sized cities between 150,000 -500,000. It appears that Yakima's real estate market has weathered the storm much better than most other areas of the country during this market downturn.