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No, Seattle Affordability Is Not “Pretty Much Game Over”

A few weeks ago Stranger writer Charles Mudede published a post in which he argued that “Seattle Is Pretty Much Game Over” in terms of housing affordability. There was a time when something could have been done to avoid its entry into the locked cycle of asset value inflation, but that was a few years […]

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Low Interest Rates Barely Keep Affordability Reasonable

Let’s have an updated look at our affordability index charts for the counties around Puget Sound.

As of October, affordability is still bad, but not terrible for home buyers. Median home prices have dipped just slightly in the last few months…

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Actual Home Prices Edging Above the “Affordable” Price

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 rates if they put 20% down and spent 30% of their monthly income.

The “affordable” home price hit $496,051 back in April, but has since dropped off…

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Affordability Will Be Destroyed if Interest Rates Increase

Don’t forget, you can get access to the spreadsheets used to make the charts in this and other posts by becoming a member of Seattle Bubble. It’s been a few months since we took a look at the local affordability index. So, let’s have a new look at all of our affordability index charts. As […]

Mayor’s Affordability Committee Releases Tepid Growth Recommendations

As a follow-up to this morning’s post about the future of single-family housing in Seattle, here’s the final report from the Mayor’s “Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee”: Seattle Housing Affordability and Livability Agenda (pdf) There are a few relevant portions of the report that address single-family zoning. From page 21 of the report: MF.1 […]

Seattle Preparing to Say Goodbye to Single-Family Zoning?

Remember a few months ago, when I suggested that single-family housing in Seattle would be on its way out soon? If Seattle’s population keeps growing, there is a hard housing reality that we’re going to have to face: the death of the single-family home. As of 2013, roughly 43 percent of Seattle’s housing stock is […]

How Does Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant Plan to “Make Seattle Affordable for All”?

I drove down to Leschi last weekend, and I saw a surprising number of yard signs promoting the re-election of Kshama Sawant to the Seattle City Council. As you can see in the photo at right (taken from her campaign’s Twitter feed), the slogan on these signs implies that Sawant’s main goal is to “Make […]