Reader Question: Home Prices in Gold?

A reader emailed me with a question about home prices compared to gold: Any easy way for you to compare Case-Shiller home prices to gold? I have a hunch prices have dropped much more dramatically than we realize, as our USD goes in the tank. Maybe Goldman’s 22% drop prediction was closer if the nasty […]

King County Home Prices & Affordability 1950 – Q2 2012

A reader pointed out to me this week that it has been three years since I updated the long-term chart of King County home prices back to 1950. So, by request, here is an update to that chart as of May, along with the affordability index over the same time period. In the first quarter […]

King County Home Prices & Affordability 1950-2009 Q1

A reader pointed out that I had not provided an updated chart of the long-term (50+ year) trend of local home prices since I originally posted my research in February 2008. So, here’s an updated look at the long-term trends in local home prices and affordability: So much for Steve Tytler‘s famous “stair step” theory […]

King County Affordability: 1950-2007

When I posted last week’s 61-year home price history, I promised a follow-up on affordability. So, here it is. Before I get to the chart, here’s a quick refresher on what the “affordability index” is, and what it isn’t. What it is is a simple measure that shows relationship between median home prices, median household […]

King County Home Prices: 1946-2007

A while back (September 2006, to be more precise) the Seattle Times published a 22-year “analysis” of King County home prices, which essentially came to the conclusion that Seattle would be immune to the home price drops that were beginning to occur elsewhere around the country. Their graph of local home prices going back to […]


Case-Shiller: Prices Flat in Seattle

Uh-oh… Home prices go negative for first time in 11 yearsCase-Shiller price index shows prices falling in 17 of 20 cities in January WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — U.S. home prices continued to fall in January, with prices in 10 major cities now down 0.7% year-over-year, according to Standard & Poor’s and MacroMarkets LLC, which released the […]