Nationally, the benchmark salary required to afford a home is about $55,000.
Fastest-rising home prices compared with a year ago
1. Seattle +12.9 percent
2. Las Vegas +9 percent
3. San Diego +8.2 percent
4. Portland +7.3 percent
5. Boston, Denver, Tampa +7.2 percent each
Source: Case-Shiller home-price index
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