Market Info May 30, 2022

Over 10 Years, Homeowners Obtained $240K in Equity

As prices climb, homeowners who’ve owned their homes for a while have seen a boost in appreciation.

Over the past decade, a homeowner who purchased a single-family existing home would have gained $229,400 in home equity if the home were sold at the median price in the fourth quarter of 2021, according to a new analysis by the National Association of REALTORS®, as reported on the association’s Economists’ Outlook blog.

In the past five years, home prices have notably climbed—rising at an annual pace of nearly 10%, NAR reports. A homeowner who purchased a typical home five years ago would have gained $125,300 from just price appreciation alone.

The Western region of the U.S. has had the most areas of the country where homeowners have built up the largest amount of home equity, led by San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.; San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, Calif.; Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, Calif.; and urban Honolulu, Hawaii.