May Stats Preview: No Improvement for Buyers

May Stats Preview: No Improvement for Buyers

With May 2015 now in the rear view mirror, let’s have a look at our monthly stats preview. First up, here’s the snapshot of all the data as far back as my historical information goes, with the latest, high, and low values highlighted for each series: Inventory went up again month-over-month in both King and […]

Case-Shiller Tiers: High Tier Prices Shoot Up

Case-Shiller Tiers: High Tier Prices Shoot Up

Let’s check out the three price tiers for the Seattle area, as measured by Case-Shiller. Remember, Case-Shiller’s “Seattle” data is based on single-family home repeat sales in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. Note that the tiers are determined by sale volume. In other words, 1/3 of all sales fall into each tier. For more details […]

Case-Shiller: Home Prices Shot Up in March

Case-Shiller: Home Prices Shot Up in March

Let’s have a look at the latest data from the Case-Shiller Home Price Index. According to March data, Seattle-area home prices were: Up 2.3% February to March Up 7.5% YOY. Down 9.4% from the July 2007 peak Last year at this time prices rose 1.9% month-over-month and year-over-year prices were up 11.6%. Year-over-year price gains […]

Low Rates Add $120K to the “Affordable” Home Price

Low Rates Add $120K to the “Affordable” Home Price

As promised in yesterday’s affordability post, here’s an updated look at the “affordable home” price chart. In this graph I flip the variables in the affordability index calculation around to other sides of the equation to calculate what price home the a family earning the median household income could afford to buy at today’s mortgage […]

Affordability Index Kept Under Control by Low Rates

Affordability Index Kept Under Control by Low Rates

A reader pointed out that we haven’t looked at how the affordability index is doing in the Seattle area since late last year. Let’s update our standard charts. So how does affordability look as of April? Despite median home prices shooting up, falling interest rates that are back below 4 percent again have kept the […]

Around the Sound: Strong Seller’s Market Everywhere

Around the Sound: Strong Seller’s Market Everywhere

It has been a while since we checked up on stats outside of the King/Snohomish core, so let’s update our “Around the Sound” statistics for Pierce, Kitsap, Thurston, Island, Skagit, and Whatcom counties. This month’s story in a nutshell: Bad news for buyers, great news for sellers. It’s pretty much a terrible time to buy […]

King County Median Price: Nominal and Real

Median Price May Pass Inflation-Adjusted Peak This Year

As promised, I’ve updated my chart of nominal and real (inflation-adjusted) King County median single-family home prices with data through April. When adjusting into 2015 dollars, the median price peaked at $527,607 in July 2007. April 2015’s median price of $480,000 comes in about 9 percent below that level, and is roughly comparable to where […]