The only way to increase our economic expansion is to increase this debt even furthe- r because we certainly don’t have the salaries to back it up. I believe it is a key factor in someone being able to afford a home. The inflation measurements are starting to reflect the rate cuts earlier this year. Latest quarterly, median, existing, single-family home price provided by the National Association of Realtors. It WOULD predict the future if the other variables stayed the same, but that sure isn’t the case, here. It is the biggest jump in house prices since April of 2018. We have never seen competition like this. “If you have an EECS degree, earning $60k right out of college is pretty much the norm. If Seattle keeps on growing there will continue to be pricing pressure put on land. It’s larger and has been tricked out, but those numbers just don’t comport with reality. I, too, would like to see income/afford ability data overlaid. The market then “peaks” out and pulls back slightly form the peak value as home sellers are forced to cut prices to attract the dwindling number of buyers. If you want to buy a house this year, you may well be paying around $199,200, the median price for a home in the U.S., according to Zillow. Gee, a guess Seattle’s not such an exception after all. DAYS ON MARKET. In fact, the national median home price has not declined since the Great Depression of the 1930s. (Inflation Data: Bureau of Labor Statistics – Consumer Price Index). Great work, Tim! Unemployment Rate: 4.8% . Very impressive. Mortgage rates are going up (1.375% in the last few weeks?). Please click below to view the corresponding sales statistics. Case developed a method for comparing repeat sales of the same homes in an effort to study home pricing trends. Not sure it’ll have a huge impact on the bulk of properties in Seattle. […] I posted last week’s 61-year home price history, I promised a follow-up on affordability. You may use these HTML tags and attributes:
. With 744,955 people, 323,446 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $774,806, Seattle house prices are not only among the most expensive in Washington, Seattle real estate also is some of the most expensive in all of America. 5. Wall Street won’t like seeing their profits getting inflated away, and at some point they’ll start pressuring the Fed to ease off the cheap money. “But there are lots of reasons to think there will not be a 20+% bloodbath, like what has been seen in LV, Miami, etc.”. In 2017, Seattle home prices hit a record high of $700,000 within the city limits in April and the median rent in the same area hit $2,000 per month. 100. (1993-2007 Home Prices: NWMLS) Maybe some, but certainly not completely. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue Washington Household Income. drive home the fact that the esteemed readership of Seattle Bubble really are looking at the issues from a peculiar, privileged perch. So, here it […], […] King County Home Prices: 1946-2007 […]. After doing some digging I discovered that the UW Special Collections has a complete set of the reports going all the way back to the beginning. | Seattle Bubble — News & discussion about real estate & the housing bubble in the Seattle area. 2) Weakness in the housing market has little to do with “sub-prime” or “resets”. Foreclosures are mainly determined by the amount of equity home-owners have. Home prices are limited by various factors, such as the incomes of potential buyers, the cost to construct new property to increase supply, and demand for rental units. So, here’s an updated look at the long-term trends in local home prices and […]. As you know from our previous conversations, my real estate research only goes back to the 1960’s and like you, I agree that is the beginning of the “modern” housing market in this area. I needed historical median home prices … Historical Median Home Value. One of the last great products for us investors! Inslee's Safe Start proclamation: Coronavirus.wa.gov. The current adjusted price-to-rent ratio for Seattle is 25.85 as determined by March 2014 Realtor median sales prices. The typical sale price of an existing single-family home in 2017 was 4.2 times greater than the median household income, according to our latest State of the Nation’s Housing report.That’s a significant increase from 2011, when the price-to-income ratio was 3.3, and 1988, when it was 3.2. This generally will affect the lowest end of the real estate market. – “Conforming Jumbos” won’t help much if at all. If by the rest of world, you mean China and India, I don’t want to disappoint you, but those countries aren’t much better in technological innovation than Mexico. This graph depicts the average ticket price for Seattle Seahawks games in the National Football League from 2006 to 2019. Notice also how the abrupt end of the spike coincides with the easy lending spigot being turned off. Maybe some, but certainly not completely. I think not! I know this was a lot of work. The gradient area depicts the year-over-year change in home prices. Particularly when the banks and feds start to unload the rest of the foreclosures from the last bust. While we keep spending billions in military might, the rest of the world is moving forward technologically. The inflation measurements are starting to reflect the rate cuts earlier this year. The job creation doesn’t support buying a house. – Based on data I have seen and shared, job growth has zero correlation with home price appreciation. I have no idea what I accidentally clicked to get to this piece, but I’d like to see the first graph updated, and it would be nice to have inflation stats superimposed on it too since that’s what caused the run up in the 70s. The median monthly gross residential rent in Seattle, WA (the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metro area) was $1,621 in 2019according to the Census ACSsurvey.1Average gross rent in Seattle was $1,609 in 2019. Sources: As of 2010-2014, median price of a house in Seattle is $437,400, which is much higher than the state average of $257,200 and is much higher than the national average of $175,700. 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. Looking at that 15-year-long increase — without so much as a plateau — one would expect that there’s a long plateau or even decline just ahead of us. This ratio is calculated using household size adjusted median contract rent for Seattle. Jump: Fall ’88 to Fall ’90 – 41% in 2 years I can’t remember exactly. 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. What is unusally about the recent history of this market is that the flat period of the early 2000’s was unusually short and the “up” period was unusually long. Americans are in a historic amount of debt; and our economy is over 65% consumption!!!!! Then something happens – maybe an economic upturn or lower interest rates – to encourage speculative buying, and prices start rising. The greater the number of home-owners with 100% financing the greater the default rate. Buyers no longer qualify. This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions. Much like home prices tend to be on the rise, the price of rent is also rising in many Canadian cities. The median value of single-family homes in the United States rose from $30,600 in 1940 to $119,600 in 2000, after adjusting for inflation (see graph). Oil at $100, Euro at us$ 1,50, the Dow 30 brings in bank of America to reflect the move of our economy to services and finances. Doubtful. The market is relatively even YOY in Seattle proper and stablized in December and January. Is it any shocker that now that the funny money has dried up, housing prices are now turning negative YOY? The Survey of Construction does not collect sales information for multifamily buildings or for existing homes. Since the vast majority of all homes are purchased with a mortgage, the cost of borrowing money, the ability to borrow money, and the ability to make payments are major influences limiting how far prices can rise. Median home prices keep getting used in analyses here, but I never see any attention paid to the structural improvements to the average Seattle home. If it’s the latter, then — given this new credit crunch — we’re in for a big ol’ plateau and/or dip in prices. The Tim on Internet Radio with Rain City Guide | Seattle Bubble — News & discussion about real estate & the housing bubble in the Seattle area. The median monthly gross residential rent in Seattle, WA (the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue metro area) was $1,621 in 2019 according to the Census ACS survey. Homes have gotten significantly larger and nicer since 1992. Seattle property is falling at a rate of 16% annualized on a $/sq foot right now (7.5% off peak in < 6 months). superimposed on the one above to see how they compare. Seattle Housing Market: 2016 Summary. Will problems at the low end bleed up to the high end? The Survey of Construction does not collect sales information for multifamily buildings or for existing homes. I just submitted another offer on a foreclosure 180k, 3 years old, turn key, and will rent for 1200 easy. This would cause price increase so I don’t think we can expect an extended period on no growth similar to 1945-1970. (Misc. If you annualize those months, you get disasterous looking statistics. Thanks for the data Tim. 2020 … Drop: Fall ’90 to Fall ’92 – -5% in 2 years I think you are working off of a few misconceptions. Price Data: Seattle Times) Most of the sub-prime mortgages have now reset. Step 1: If you bought a house for $337,500 in 2012, it is now worth $651,000. Graph and download economic data for S&P/Case-Shiller WA-Seattle Home Price Index (SEXRNSA) from Jan 1990 to Sep 2020 about Seattle, WA, HPI, housing, price index, price, indexes, and USA. 3-Year Appreciation Rate: 21.6%. I think this was fueled by a combination of low interest rates and loose lending policies. I also want to say thanks Tim for all his work in putting together these graphs! In Hawaii—the state with the highest median home value of $619,000—the outstanding average mortgage amount was $345,963 or 44% lower than the estimated home value. In Seattle, WA, homes are currently listed at a median price of $661,725 and sold for a median price of $501,989. If median incomes as a whole aren’t moving, but the median incomes of the home buying class have grown, then by nature of a median, the subset buying homes must shrink. Assuming no significant recession, my prediction is a modest price drop, 5-15%, followed by a few years on minimal growth turning in to modest growth of 2-6%. 3. The significant down turns that were mentioned were associated with significant economic issues. The sad fact is that over the last 8 years, the rich have gotten richer and the poor have gotten poorer. I think I’ll refer to the periods on either side of 1990 as B.G. As far as the strength of our local economy goes, if the global economy contracts 5% to 15% in the next couple years, there is NO way Seattle’s major employers won’t feel the impact. Historical Time Series. Since 2012, the median home price in Seattle has increased from $355,000 to $773,508 — that's an appreciation of nearly 118%. I’d hardly call a 20% drop a bloodbath, when prices have more than doubled in these areas. Note, however, that both doubles took about the same length of time: 15 years. Probably not. And we’re just beginning this process. Seems like a simple matter of market balance. are too many new variables tossed into the mix, not only here in the U.S., but also on a global scale. I also think that interest rates will play a big role in how the graph shapes up from here on out. Seattle Housing Market Information. Unsold Inventory Index (UII) of Existing Single Family Homes The fed rate is likely to fall another 2 points before the end of the year. predecessor. Reason, look at the family income vs. housing price index. Prices in the city have also doubled in the last five years, and have climbed $60,000 in the last year. Can you imagine a Seattle ten years from now that has $900,000 – $1,000,000 median home prices on an average household income of $70,000 – $90,000 or do thousands of our neighbors losing their homes and going bankrupt seem like a more probable scenario. At the same time, the number of homes sold rose 22.6% and the number of homes for sale fell 36.4%. View listing photos, review sales history, and use our detailed real estate filters to find the perfect place. This will effectively lower interest rates. What happened after 1992? Also, did you post the affordability graph that you mentioned in February? Median incomes keep getting used here, but little attention has been paid to the median incomes of the HOME BUYING CLASS. 2. There is a LONG tradition of orders for new aircraft being cancelled when economies turn south, and tech is highly vulnerable to changes in IT and consumer spending. The following data are for new, single-family houses only. As such, I don’t think we can really gain any useful information from looking at home price patterns pre-1970. $845,500 +16.5% year-over-year. Check out houses for sale in Seattle… Seattle Washington Residential Rent and Rental Statistics. In October 2020, the median list price of homes in Seattle, WA was $735K, trending up 5.1% year-over-year. During the housing bubble of 2006 the ratio reached 4.5 - in other words, the median price for a single family home in the United States cost 4.5 times the US median annual household income. Just no 500 Realty there…………..YET! Median home price in Washington 1996 - 2019 Year Median 2019 $397,900 2018 $362,100 2017 $348,900 2016 $315,900 2015 $289,100 2014 $267,600 2013 $253,800 2012 $236,600 2011 $223,900 2010 $246,300 2009 $250,400 2008 $284,400 2007 $309,600 2006 $293,800 2005 $260,900 2004 $225,000 2003 $203,800 2002 $188,500 2001 $179,900 2000 $176,300 1999 $166,600 The median home price … Home prices nationwide were up 14.2% year-over-year in October. We could easily correct for this extra-long run-up by having just 3-5 years of price declines in the 5-15% range, sparing us the 35-year stagnation. But there are lots of reasons to think there will not be a 20+% bloodbath, like what has been seen in LV, Miami, etc. If so, that could leave our real-esate market much more fragile, and much more vulnerable to any kind of economic stress that may occur than it has previously been. In addition Seattle govt passed significant restrictions on how properties could be developed. 3. PDF versions will no longer be produced. The sad fact is that over the last 8 years, the rich … You are going to have to produce some evidence. In 1980, it was $47,200, and by 2000, it had risen to $119,600. The Central Puget Sound Real Estate Research Report (originally known as the Seattle Real Estate Research Report) has been publishing local housing market information every six months since 1946. I’d tweak it a bit with pragmatic facts, check out the latest world rankings for IT and communications: http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070403-world-economic-forum-releases-annual-it-rankings-us-slides.html. Notice how the time frame with the sharpest rate of appreciation corresponds directly with the time frame in which loose lending was most prevalent. The sad fact is that over the last 8 years, the rich have gotten richer and the poor have gotten poorer. Median home prices keep getting used in analyses here, but I never see any attention paid to the structural improvements to the average Seattle home. Its going to be a long bumpy road the years ahead. 89. because they have the least amount of equity). Instead, after a very short breather, prices only begin to skyrocket even further up. Most of the foreclosure activity will take place this year and possibly into next year because the people who bought homes they never should have qualified for in the first place are not able to keep up with their payments indefinitely and they are forced to sell or lose their homes at auction. – check the link on Tim’s radarlogic post. The median home price in California has reached its highest level since 2007, coming in at $522,440 for February 2018 (data compiled by the California Association of Realtors – CAR. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index in the US rose 6.6% from a year earlier in September of 2020, following a 5.3% increase in the previous month and well above market expectations of a 5.1% gain. The stable period from 1945-1975 is more probably the true norm. I don’t what would compel me to buy the house a few doors down for 730K when I can rent virtually the same place for 1850. Median Sale Price. • There have been few times when local prices declined. I wonder if that was because of the new 1996 land use Regs., if things were left alone to progress naturaly you might have seen a longer step, not just a breather in the mid ’90’s, – somting to tink about, you do alot of good investigative stuff, though of expanding your service, I’d like some work done on my family tree. Share of Listings With a Price Cut: The number of unique properties with a list price at the end of the month that’s less than the list price at the beginning of the month, divided by the number of unique properties with an active listing at some point during the month. Seattle “median” is $435k. 1,653 new listings went on the market this month. Upgrades are the first thing to be put off when companies are tightening their belts (even before the lay-offs start), and what consumer is going to buy a new high-priced video game player or MP3 player when they can’t refinance their home and are struggling to make the mortgage payments? 5. How much have fed rate cuts driven them down so far? You have to look at the actual facts on the ground in order to understand what is happening in any particular market. With the average cost of a home in San Francisco hovering at $1.61 million, a typical 30-year mortgage—with a 20 percent down payment at today’s 4.55 percent interest rate—would require a monthly payment of $7,900 (more than double the $3,333 median monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment last year). I think you’d have to be a complete fool to buy right now. What happened in the 1970-1985 period? There are a lot more people who’ve moved to Seattle either with big incomes or with big tolerance for taking on ridiculous amounts of debt. Peak to start of next big run-up: 9.5 years, Step 3: Several things need to be kept in mind with each of the drops in identified in the graph, there were also significant economic issues at the same time. When you have a high deman for housing — such as the one caused by lown mortgage rates — the inventory of homes for sale drops until it becomes a “Sellers Market.” It stays that way until the supply of homes for sale starts to get too big and/or demand from home buyers starts to decline. Jump: Fall ’76 to Spring ’79 – 71% in 2.5 years Drop: Spring ’69 to Spring ’75 – -21% in 6 years Seattle, Washington Home Price-to-Rent Ratios. We should be going to Europe, not Asia, if we need technical IT and communications consulting, they basically control the top ten slots now. I’ve got a graph where I take home prices, interest rates, and household incomes for the same time period and plot the “affordability.” It looks similar to this one, but is definitely worth its own post. Thanks for your honest opinion and reality in what is going on.I have owned homes in the past and it was simple and you worked for what you had.People changed and were looking for a jackpot in a short amount of time so with what is going on with the reality with over living and the motgage being due,life is changing for some people and you saw the change awhile ago and it is happening I think the same reality as a person who understands.Thanks for the reality bite of truth. This IS a different city, after-Grunge. #33: Folks; we are all one board meeting away from loosing our jobs. That’s your new limit. The jumbo loan limit is about to expand to $500-700K in Seattle. However, homes in the 500k-1m price range sold the fastest. Thanks for giving me credit for the “stair step” explanation of home price appreciation in the Puget Sound region. Drop: Spring ’79 to Fall ’85 – -20% in 6.5 years 9-50.0% year-over-year. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. At a market bottom you have rent equivalence or better. Housing Market Trends in Seattle, WA. I agree Newbie, the correlation would be fascinating. However, I think it very clearly shows the limited utility of economic data. […] the best year to use as a baseline, since it was right at the peak of a good-sized run-up (see the 60-year Seattle home price graph), but it still gives us a good idea of where home prices would be if the appreciation curve had […], […] home price boom in the Seattle area is “unprecidented.” We have already explored the long-term home price trends in King County going back to 1946, but I thought it would be instructive to look at the data in a slightly different […]. 4. I am writing an article for my law school journal on affordable housing in Seattle and such a graph would be very pertinent to my topic. Steady Appreciation | Seattle Bubble — News & discussion about real estate & the housing bubble in the Seattle area. Thankfully, Mr. Tytler pointed me toward a source of home price information that goes further back than the available NWMLS reports we have previously relied on at Seattle Bubble. By Steve Tytler @ 52: Hi Tim, I know your post is a few years old now, but if you’ve done your affordability graph, I would love to see it. The chart on this page estimates the market value of today's median-priced house over time. Most Competitive. $747,000 +6.9% year-over-year # of Homes Sold. I believe we are facing an unprecedented global economic reality. If it was the former, then I think the price inflation will endure. The median listing price per square foot was $503. New monthly home-sales data released Tuesday showed Seattle’s median single-family-home price hit $777,000 in February, $20,000 more than the previous all-time high set just a … Personally I think that’s a lot more likely. This will effectively lower interest rates. Home prices in Washington accelerated quickly from 2002 through 2007. DJO, I’m not sure what you’re trying to say. That caused the housing boom to go on longer than it normally would have because of the huge increase in demand. First, that it was not adjusted for inflation, and second that it did not go back further. Most of the sub-prime mortgages have now reset. There Average home value in Georgia: $208,833 The vast majority of sub-prime loans have already reset. For example, is there a much higher percentage of loans which are 100% finance, negative amortization, or Option ARM today than in the past? Catching up after a few days away: Tim, really nice job–thanks for the truly long-term perspective. But as many of you have already observed, past performance does not predict the future. The red line shows inflation-adjusted median single-family home prices (in 2007 dollars) from 1946 through 2007. 1 year 3 years 5 years. All other factors being equal (which of course they aren’t), one could logically conclude that the upcoming period of dropping or flat prices will also last five times as long as previous steps, meaning we would be looking at 32-48 years of flat prices on the horizon. That’s your new limit. Seattle’s economy diversified and grew at an unprecedented rate. I was not clear, my comment was meant to reinforce yours. Seattle's median house price was $400,000, down 7 percent from a year earlier, more than 8 percent from December and 20 percent from its high of $501,000 in August 2007. The median price for existing homes ($233,000) and the median price for new construction homes ($430,244) are both up about 6% from June 2019. If this theory of mine is true, then a contraction in credit will negatively impact real-estate more than either job losses or population declines. Alan, I know that all too well–my family income (w/2 working parents) is in this range. The first thing that jumps out at me is how flat the graph is from 1946 through about 1969. During the housing bubble of 2006 the ratio reached 4.5 - in other words, the median price for a single family home in the United States cost 4.5 times the US median annual household income. For 2018, Zillow predicts home prices and rents will continue to rise, just more slowly. Don’t bother citing Tim’s employment study because it is majorly flawed. Sure likes like Robert Shiller’s historical chart for nationwide prices after inflation! I agree with Sniglet that credit trumps all other factors in this most recent and unprecendented runup in the price of homes as shown on this chart. So, after more than a few Friday afternoons spent at the UW pouring through the old reports and hours spent merging the old data with the modern NWMLS data and adjusting for inflation, I have come up with the following graph. FROM 1990 ON, BANK DEREGULATION (UNFETTERRED CAPITALISM) CAUSED THE ENDLESS REAL ESTATE BUBBLE TO TODAY’S SUBPRIME MESS. Mike: Sure but we already saw something unprecedented: national price declines without a recession. Seattle Real Estate Investing 2016. This fellow is probably not around anymore but I was searching for historic Seattle home prices and came across this. They did mention that markets were different place to place though. My point was that the job creation at M$, Yahoo, Google, Amazon, et al is not $150k/yr jobs. I’ll believe that until proved otherwise. It’s amazing that the runup actually beat the rate of inflation back then. Side of 1990 as B.G are climbing so quickly it is majorly.... So the idea of a percentage point or two over the next several years could definitely accelerate downward momentum severity. Has grown by 68.49 % since 2000 automated spam submissions 296 was the average sold price Seattle... 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