Reader Question: Is Seattle just for the super wealthy now?

I received the following question this morning from a frustrated home buyer: We recently lost our second offer on a home to a all case buyer. I know that many other buyers have been at this longer than a year and spent far more than we have but before I get to that poverty point […]

KUOW Nails the Problem of Placing Blame for Rising Rents

In March I wrote a post calling out people who blame investors for rising rents and unaffordable housing. Today I’d like to highlight some reporting that gets it right. This story by KUOW’s Joshua McNichols is a couple weeks old, but he hits the nail on the head, and I wanted to make sure it […]

How Deep is the Current Listings Drought?

I thought it would be interesting to take a deeper look at the depth of the current listings drought by comparing monthly new listings over the last few years to the same period during the previous bubble (before listings began to increase in 2007). Here’s a view of the number of new single-family homes that […]

Warning: New Housing Bubble Ahead

This comment left by Ryan strikes me as a clear warning sign of another housing bubble inflating in Seattle. Just pulled the trigger on buying a townhouse in Fremont for $745k. Haven’t closed yet so don’t want to link to the MLS. Thought I would share my thinking on why I bought and what the […]

Housing Bubble 2.0: The Perma-Bears Respond

Ben Jones, who has been blogging about the housing bubble from down in Arizona since late 2004 at The Housing Bubble Blog linked to my “Welcome to Housing Bubble 2.0” post yesterday, prompting an interesting discussion in the comments. Here’s a selection from the conversation that ensued: Comment by Ben Jones I’ve called this the […]

Welcome to Housing Bubble 2.0

With home prices nearing their 2007 peak levels in the Seattle area (and no doubt exceeding them in some neighborhoods), I thought it would be good to step back from the monthly stats and take a big picture look at what’s going on in the housing market.

To answer the question of whether or not we are in another bubble, let’s compare and contrast the present frenzy to what the housing market went through during the Great Housing Bubble…

Don’t Blame Investors For Unaffordable Housing

An article published this week in Seattle Weekly titled A Letter to the Investor Buying Our Apartment Building pinned the blame for the lack of affordable housing in the Seattle area on investors and their dirty obsession with profits.

…Eve and Charles told us they were putting the property up for sale. Who could blame them? The building is a century old and so much work went into maintaining it, especially for a couple of people who, also, are aging. But it’s prime real estate, right on the water with a view that would make even Donald Trump drool. So we had a good idea of what would happen after the sale went through. Skyrocketing rents and a landlord we’d never see, much less ever know…