Seattle-Area Price to Income Ratio Near Historic Average

It’s been a while since we’ve taken look at how local home prices compare to local incomes, so let’s update those charts. First, let’s check out the ratio between home prices and per capita income from the BEA: Overall the Seattle area is just a little bit above the long-term average, and almost entirely thanks […]

Local Incomes: Median & Per Capita, Real & Nominal

Okay let’s revisit the discussion on local incomes once more. First up, I’d like to highlight the top comment from Monday’s discussion, posted by “gr8day”: I make less today than I did 6 years ago. So does my barber, my brother, my next door neighbor, best friend, pastor at church, and most of the people […]

Big Picture 2011: Price to Income Ratio

Okay, let’s have a look at how local home prices compare to local incomes. This is basically the same thing we’re looking at when we talk about affordability, but with interest rates taken completely out of the picture. First, let’s check out the ratio between home prices and King County median household income data from […]

Low Rates Make WA Real Estate Appear Undervalued

I was going through some older posts recently, looking for some ideas of data sets to update, when I came across this November 2007 post written by Deejayoh: Washington Real Estate: 40% overvalued? Here’s a brief excerpt from his post: I ran across this very interesting analysis of the California real estate market by Goldman […]

Seattle Home Prices Back in Line with Per Capita Incomes

There has been a lot of talk the last week or so in the comments about home prices and incomes. I’ve linked up my September post on the topic a few times, but I thought it would be nice to run an update since it’s been half a year. Here’s my conclusion from that post: […]

Big Picture Week: Price to Income Ratio

Like the price to rent ratio, it’s been over a year since we visited the subject of Seattle’s home price to income ratio, so let’s take another look. Here’s how the ratio stacks up when you use King County median household income data from the OFM: Not too different from what we saw in yesterday’s […]

Personal Incomes Up Slightly, Homes Still Overpriced

The latest (third quarter) personal income stats from the Bureau of Economic Analysis came out today. Washington State showed a 0.6% increase from the second quarter to the third, but a record 1.5% year-over-year drop from the third quarter 2008. I thought it would be interesting to compare this measure to home prices. Keep in […]