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Unlocking Home Wealth: A Look at 20 Years of Home Appreciation

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Unlocking Home Wealth: A Look at 20 Years of Home Appreciation

They say that one of the surest paths to wealth is through owning a home. It's not just about having a roof over your head; it's also about the potential for your home's value to appreciate over time. Have you ever stopped to wonder which areas of the country have experienced the greatest increase in home prices over the past two decades?


Unveiling the data from FHFA

Thankfully, organizations like the Federal Housing & Finance Administration (FHFA) diligently track such data and provide quarterly reports on home appreciation trends. As of the third quarter of 2023, they've unveiled some intriguing insights into how home values have evolved across major metropolitan areas nationwide.


Home appreciation trends across the US

Let's take a glance at the latest graph, showcasing the trajectory of home values across various metro areas in the US. Notably, San Jose emerges as a shining star, boasting the highest median home prices among its peers.



But wait, there's more to this narrative! While San Jose holds the spotlight, there are other metro areas that have witnessed even greater appreciation gains since 2003. Let's delve into the numbers for 10 popular metro areas:


  1. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA: 206.6%
  2. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA: 161.6%
  3. San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA: 154.3%
  4. Phoenix-Mesa-Chandler, AZ: 234.9%
  5. Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown, TX: 264.8%
  6. Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX: 174.3%
  7. Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, FL: 207.0%
  8. Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall, FL: 256.0%
  9. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT: 79.3%
  10. New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY: 110.5%


A closer look at home appreciation in the San Jose area

For those rooted in San Jose, here's a detailed graph showcasing the appreciation in home prices for resold properties (i.e. not newly built) over the past two decades. Witness the (mostly) steady climb, year after year, offering a glimpse into the increasing value of homeownership over time.


Empowering homeowners to build wealth

I hope this glimpse into the world of home appreciation offers you valuable insights into the wealth-building potential of homeownership. While these graphs paint a broad picture, remember that every neighborhood and home is unique. If you're curious about the real estate landscape in your specific area, don't hesitate to reach out. I'm here to provide personalized Real Estate Reviews tailored to your neighborhood and home.


Let's embark on this journey of wealth-building through homeownership together!


Janet Souza

Hello! I'm Janet Souza, lifestyle blogger and REALTOR® at Christie's International Real Estate Sereno. I live and work in Silicon Valley and love everything our wonderful area has to offer. If you live in Silicon Valley or are thinking about moving here, you've come to the right place! Stay up to date with local events, theater, concerts, Real Estate and more! 

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