Five-year home appreciation in our region was between 10.36% and 15.26% with all of our regional Metropolitan Statistical Areas experiencing a positive gain.
“Home prices continue to rise across the U.S. but there are signs of tapering,” said Dr. William Doerner, Senior Economist. “Since housing markets began to rebound in 2012, house price appreciation has been positive because demand has outpaced supply. In the last month, however, some regions reflect a slowing or even flattening of house price growth.”
In the past year, home prices are up: 5.14% in Dubuque; 3.11% in Iowa City; 1.89% in the Quad Cities and 3.26% in Cedar Rapids. This compares to other cities: Des Moines, IA up 4.61% and Chicago, IL up 4.50%. This data is provided by the FHFA for the first quarter of 2018 (see chart and website below). Of course, there is considerable variation based on price range and location of properties, with more affordable properties appreciating more.
Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)
|Percent Change in House Prices
|Cedar Rapids, IA
|Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
|Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA
|Iowa City, IA
Information courtesy of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) for the first quarter of 2018. FHFA stats always run one quarter behind. Their full report is available at www.fhfa.gov. *Rankings based on annual percentage change in house prices.
“Years of low inventory and pent up buyer demand have resulted in a Seller’s Market in the affordable price ranges across many of our local areas,” said Caroline Ruhl, President of Ruhl&Ruhl Realtors. “We are unsure of how long this trend will continue, especially given the trends with mortgage rates. We urge people who are on the fence about selling their home to contact your local real estate professional for a free market analysis.”
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