Recently there has been a lot of talk about home prices and if they are accelerating too quickly. In some areas of the country, seller supply (that is, the number of homes for sale) cannot keep up with the number of buyers out looking for a home. This has caused prices to rise.
At Coastal Realty Connections, we believe in silver linings. The great news about rising pricesis that according to CoreLogic’s latest US Economic Outlook, the average American household gained over $11,000 in equity over the course of the last year, largely due to home value increases.
The map below was created from CoreLogic’s report and shows the average equity gain per mortgaged home over the past year.
For those who are worried that we are doomed to repeat 2006 all over again, it is important to note that homeowners are investing their new found equity in their homes and themselves, not in depreciating assets.
The added equity is helping families put their children through college, and even invest in starting small businesses, allowing them to pay off their mortgage sooner or move up to the home that will better suit their needs now.
CoreLogic predicts that home prices will appreciate by another 5% by this time next year. If you’re a homeowner looking to take advantage of your home equity by moving up to your dream home, contact Coastal Realty Connections today to discuss your options!