Agents offered speculation for southeast Seattle's slowdown.
Buyers also are less willing to take a chance these days on a less-established area, Hamilton said.
"I think when things start to slow down, people like to stick with what they're comfortable with," he said. "They want something familiar."
I also wonder if they want something safe. Not an area where:
On Friday a police officer confiscates a semi-automatic weapon from a young teen. (Rainier and Henderson)
On Saturday, a woman in her car is raped at gunpoint by a stranger. (Rainier and Rose)
On Tuesday, a teen is shot to death on the street. (Rainier and Graham)
On Wednesday, a man is shot in the leg while hiding from additional gunshots behind a car. (Othello and 43rd, five blocks west of Rainier)
Anyway, I wonder if the slowdown is not so much because of people's lack of familiarity with the area, or if it's because they're all too familiar with what's going on south of I-90 and east of MLK.
(Though the police make it hard to find out all that's going on. The city still hasn't published any of its mixed-up neighborhood crime statistics for 2008 yet.)
Sorry to sound so negative about South Seattle today. All the crazy nasty health statistics here in 98108, and mercury emission reports to the west of us, and the all-too-frequent reports of violent crime to the east of us are getting me down.