Did your home earn more than you did last year?

by Patrick Regan

Home value appreciation was greater than median annual earnings in 25 of the largest 38 U.S. metro areas in 2021, a new Zillow report found, and Seattle was no exception.

Typical home value appreciation exceeded $100,000 in 11 metro areas, including in the Seattle-Bellevue-Tacoma region, where it was $131,000. That’s more than double the area’s median salary of $65,000. So the typical Seattle area home did earn more in 2021 than its owner did. 

What does that all mean? Well, homeowners are in a good spot, while those trying to save up for a down payment or are in a renting situation have more work to do. 

Zillow’s report found the typical full-year rent in Seattle-Bellevue-Tacoma increased by more than $3,800 last year. 

“While homeowners watched their assets multiply in 2021, the chasm separating many renters from homeownership widened, as home prices skyrocketed and rising rents eroded their ability to save for a down payment,” the report said.

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