Affordable Home Price Climbs Above Median Price

Affordable Home Price Climbs Above Median 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 Bounces Back Above 100

Affordability Index Bounces Back Above 100

Let’s take a look at how affordability is doing in the Seattle area after the last few months of changes in home prices and interest rates. So how does affordability look as of October? With home prices stagnating this fall and interest rates inching back down close to 4 percent, the affordability index moved back […]

Seattle Advisory Committee to Study Affordable Housing

Hat tip to the West Seattle Blog, who yesterday posted about a City of Seattle advisory committee on affordable housing. The city is gearing up to attempt to “develop a bold agenda for increasing the affordability and availability of housing in our city by convening a Housing Affordability and Livability Advisory Committee.” Here are some […]

Another Bubble? Affordability Only Sustained By Low Rates

Another Bubble? Affordability Only Sustained By Low Rates

Continuing our “Another Bubble?” series, it’s time to take a look at the affordability index. As King County’s median home price has surged from $405,400 in February to $468,000 in July, the affordability index has dropped from slightly above the long-term average to just below 100. An index level above 100 indicates that the monthly […]

Affordable Home Price Inched Up in May

Affordable Home Price Inched Up in May

As promised in this morning’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 […]

Low Rates Keep Seattle Homes Almost Affordable

Low Rates Keep Seattle Homes Almost Affordable

Let’s take a look at how affordability is doing in the Seattle area after the last couple months of changes in home prices and interest rates. So how does affordability look as of May? Thanks to the spring surge in home prices, we’ve dropped back below the “affordable” level of 100. The index sits at […]

Affordable Home Price Just Above Actual Median Price

Affordable Home Price Just Above Actual Median 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 […]