Seattle area home-price hikes lead the US again; even century-old homes commanding top dollar

The Seattle area has notched its sixth straight month as the hottest real-estate market in the country, as prices climb even faster heading into the peak buying season.

The typical single-family house locally cost 12.2 percent more in February than a year ago, the biggest jump in three years, according to the monthly Case-Shiller housing-price index, released Tuesday.

Greater Seattle had the biggest price hike of any metro area in the country. Nationally, home prices jumped 5.8 percent, a 32-month high, and yet local home values grew more than twice as fast as that.

Fastest-rising home prices compared with a year ago

1. Seattle +12.2%

2. Portland +9.7%

3. Dallas +8.8%

4. Denver +8.5%

5. Boston +7.6%

Source: Case-Shiller home price index

From Tacoma to Snohomish County, home values are up big across all price points. But the

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