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The DC-Area’s Lowest-Priced Homes Saw the Highest Growth in Value in the Past Year

by Nena Perry-Brown

A co-op in Brightwood.

Over the past year, the least expensive homes in the DC area appreciated in value the fastest, according to a new report by Zillow based on observations of the trajectory of price growth. 

Nationwide, home values grew at a comparable rate for the lowest and middle price tiers --  9.8% for the low tier (from $129,158 to $141,832) and 9.9% for the middle tier (from $247,973 to $272,446) -- between February 2020 and February 2021. The highest price tier was nipping at their heels, experiencing 9.5% growth, rising from $490,944 to $537,815. 

Home value growth in the DC area, courtesy of Zillow. Click to enlarge.

In the DC area, home value grew in a similar fashion to that seen nationwide: Homes in the lowest price tier were valued at $319,456 at the end of February 2021 compared to $290,556 at the end of February 2020, an increase of 9.9%, while the increase was almost 9.5% for the middle tier (from $441,493 to $483,254). For the highest tier, growth was 8.5%,from $725,802 to $787,659.

These dynamics illustrate the lack of options for buyers most concerned with affordability, often buying their first home in an attempt to break into markets as supply-constrained as the DC area's.

The study uses Zillow's Home Value Index.

Photo courtesy of Matthew Chi at HDBros.

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