Big Picture Week: Price to Rent Ratio

It’s been over a year since we last checked in on Seattle’s price to rent ratio. Let’s see how that metric looks over the last twenty years [Update: I changed the chart below to reflect the annual rent. Here’s the original based on monthly rent.]: It is interesting to note that thanks to semi-flatening home […]

Oh Boy, Let’s Visit the Buy vs Rent Argument Again

There has been a bit of talk in the last few days about a New York Times story published on Tuesday that once again revisits the subject of buying vs. renting: In Sour Home Market, Buying Often Beats Renting In some once bubbly markets, prices have fallen so far that buying a home appears to […]

Top 25 Cities: Price to Rent and Price to Income Ratios

J.D. Roth over at Get Rich Slowly put up a post Wednesday about renting vs. buying, sort of a follow-up to my 2007 post over there. In it, he said that he couldn’t find any info on current price-to-rent ratios around the country, so I thought I would update the list I put up back […]

Rent vs. Buy Comparisons: Have the excesses been removed?

Let’s try another rent vs. buy exercise to see if “all the excesses have already been removed” as some have claimed. Rather than delve into depth on a specific randomly-selected Seattle-area neighborhood, let’s instead look at what a specific type of house might cost you in multiple Seattle-area neighborhoods to rent vs. how much it […]

Housing Stats: Seattle vs. Other Big Cities

Building on the data that was presented yesterday, here’s a sortable table of some more detailed housing stats for the 25 largest US cities by population. Included below are population, density, median sale price, median price per square foot, median rent, median household income, median list price, and some ratios of sale prices to rents […]

TIME: Renting Still a Better Deal in Seattle

In their latest issue TIME Magazine declares that in many cities, price-to-rent ratios indicate that buying a home has become a better deal than renting for the first time in years… but not yet in Seattle: Is Owning a Home Better Than Renting? “A year ago, it was a better deal to rent,” says Andres […]

Improvement in Seattle Home Prices vs. Economic Fundamentals

Here’s an update to the area-wide price-to-income and price-to-rent ratio charts we first posted back in April. These charts are based on per capita income, “Median Contract Rent” (from 2005 adjusted using the “rent of primary residence” component of the CPI), and Case-Shiller home prices indexed to the county-wide median. They are not intended to […]