Case-Shiller: Seattle Home Prices Keep Edging Up

It’s a bit late, but we’re doing this anyway. Let’s have a look at the latest data from the Case-Shiller Home Price Index. According to November data that was released this morning, Seattle-area home prices were:

Up 0.6 percent November to December
Up 10.8 percent year-over-year.
Up 7.3 percent from the July 2007 peak

Over the same period a year earlier prices were up 0.2 percent month-over-month and year-over-year prices were up 9.7 percent.

Seattle home prices as measured by Case-Shiller inched up once again to a new all-time high in December.

Here’s a Tableau Public interactive graph of the year-over-year change for all twenty Case-Shiller-tracked cities. Check and un-check the boxes on the right to modify which cities are showing:

Seattle’s rank for month-over-month changes shot up from #12 in November to #2 in December.

Case-Shiller HPI: Month-to-Month

Hit the jump for the rest of our monthly Case-Shiller charts, including the interactive chart of raw index data for all 20 metro areas.

Seattle’s year-over-year price growth inched up from November to December, maintaining its position as the largest in the nation. In December, none of the twenty Case-Shiller-tracked metro areas gained more year-over-year than Seattle. From February through August Portland had been in the #1 slot above Seattle.

Still more proof that the Northwest will never stop being literally the envy of other states.

Seven cities hit new all-time highs again in December: San Francisco, Denver, Boston, Charlotte, Portland, Dallas, and Seattle.

Here’s the interactive chart of the raw HPI for all twenty metro areas through December.

Here’s an update to the peak-decline graph, inspired by a graph created by reader CrystalBall. This chart takes the twelve metro areas whose peak index was greater than 175, and tracks how far they have fallen so far from their peak. The horizontal axis shows the total number of months since each individual city peaked.

Case-Shiller HPI: Decline From Peak

In the 113 months since the price peak in Seattle prices are up 7.3 percent.

Lastly, let’s see how Seattle’s current prices compare to the previous bubble inflation and subsequent burst. Note that this chart does not adjust for inflation.

Case-Shiller: Seattle Home Price Index

(Home Price Indices, Standard & Poor’s, 2017-02-28)

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About The Tim

Tim Ellis is the founder of Seattle Bubble. His background in engineering and computer / internet technology, a fondness of data-based analysis of problems, and an addiction to spreadsheets all influence his perspective on the Seattle-area real estate market. Tim also hosts the weekly improv comedy sci-fi podcast Dispatches from the Multiverse.


  1. 1
    kenmorem says:

    i don’t understand why that peak-decline map keeps getting posted. i mean, what house in king county would sell for only 7% above a 2007 price? we (unfortunately) bought at the end of 2006. conservative estimate is the price is about 44% higher than the purchase price, and that’s without a bidding war taking place.

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    RE: kenmorem @ 1 – The C-S numbers are for all King, Pierce and Snohomish counties and all different house types.

  3. 3
    jon says:

    An interesting comparison of population growth for major tech hubs.

    It really shows the dependency of Seattle and other high cost cities on immigration for their growth.

  4. 4
    Doug says:

    RE: jon @ 3 – On a sort of related note, the % of the world that stopped working with Amazon’s recent outage was astonishing and scary.

    What is the market value of a company in the midst of taking over the world? And what is the value of all assets correlated with that company?

    I need Justme to opine here.

  5. 5
    wreckingbull says:

    RE: kenmorem @ 1 – You asked the same question nearly a year ago, and the answer then is still the answer today.

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    RE: wreckingbull @ 5 – LOL, and I answered it there too–post 24.

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    kenmorem says:

    yep. and i still contend it’s BS.

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    By kenmorem @ 7:

    yep. and i still contend it’s BS.

    It’s pretty simple. There are parts of King County that have gone up more than others. There are probably parts of King County that have not even reached the peak value yet, and that is even more likely true in Pierce and Snohomish Counties. When you factor all that in, the increase is not as significant as what you find in the areas of King County that went up a lot.

    I would also note that the NWMLS median for November was only up about 3% from the peak value. So C-S is showing more of an advance for all three counties than what the NWMLS is showing for just King County.

    One thing I’ve noticed lately is that some lower priced condos have gone up about 80% in the past three years. That doesn’t show up in the C-S numbers either. But we don’t have owners of such condos posting here: “My property has gone up over 80% in just a three years, why doesn’t Tim post a C-S graph that shows that? It’s BS.”

    Percentage increase in median from NWMLS sources, but not compiled by or guaranteed by the NWMLS.

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    wreckingbull says:

    By kenmorem @ 7:

    yep. and i still contend it’s BS.

    You are welcome to post a link to the PDF which describes your own methodology. The openly-published CS methodology makes perfect sense to me.

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    jon says:

    Zillow has prices up 9.2% over the peak for the Seattle Metro area, but 29% for Seattle itself. So somewhere in the metro area must be much lower to make that average out. Federal Way is still below the previous peak for example.

    Washington state is 5.6% up.

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    Eric with a "c" says:

    Auburn is probably an even better example than Federal Way. My neighbor’s house was valued at $257K according to Zillow at the peak (remember we’re talking about Auburn here, not Medina), and is now valued at $243K. Zillow loves my own house for whatever reason, but most of my neighbors are estimated at 5-10 percent below peak. Redfin deviates on given houses, but mirror this overall data.

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