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Friday, November 20, 1981

Monday Open Thread

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Slinky said...

Just for fun:

Using this little toy to compare relative housing costs in various cities using an assumed salary of 45k and with Seattle as reference):

LA: +87% (87% more than Seattle)
Denver: -17% (17% less than Seattle)
San Diego: +62%
San Francisco: +133%
Portland: -15%
Austin: -29%
DC Metro: +56%
Yakima: -28%

This includes rentals, so it is not entirely representative of the massive credit problems we face, but even at face value it's a pretty decent indicator that something is amiss. Why is San Francisco *so* much more expensive than, say, Portland? Why is Austin so much cheaper than San Diego?

Now if I had the time and energy to do so, I would try and get monthly house price data for the last 10 years for each location and compare them. I suspect that you would see the runup in house prices start earlier in California, then move outward. Likewise, the crash would start in Cali first, then spread outward.