It now takes $105,367 annual income to buy a median home in the Seattle-Tacoma area (King, Pierce and Snohomish counties), according to HSH.com, a mortgage resource company based in California.
A median home in the Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue market was priced at $489,600 as of the fourth quarter of 2018 (National Association of Realtors).
One catch, that's the income you'll need if you can afford a 20 percent down payment, nearly $98,000. If you can only put down 10 percent, you'll need $122,484.
In the past five years, the income needed to buy a median-price home is up about 42 percent.
Seattle is the seventh most expensive city in they U.S. to buy a home. Of the 50 largest metro areas in the country, Pittsburgh is the least expensive. It takes just $37,660 in income. The median home price there is $141,625.
No surprise, San Jose is most expensive. You need a quarter of a million dollars to buy the median home there ($1.25 million).
Portland clocked in at 10.
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