Oakland sellers averaged $235,000 in profit on the sale of their home last year, 78 percent more than what they initially paid – Home sellers in the West Coast’s hottest cities saw the greatest return on their investment when they sold in 2016, especially in Oakland, Calif. and Portland, Ore. – In Oakland, the typical seller in 2016 sold their home for an average of $590,000 after living in it for just over seven years, which is 78 percent more than what they initially paid. – Nationally, home sellers in 2016 sold for 24 percent more than what they initially paid, after living it for about 7 ½ years. That’s about a $40,000 gain.
SEATTLE, Sept. 6, 2017 — Holding onto your home for a long period of time over the last decade meant a serious return on investment, especially in some of the nation’s hottest housing markets. According to a new Zillow® analysisi, Oakland, Calif. and Portland, Ore. top the list of cities where home sellers saw the greatest return.
In Oakland, the typical seller in 2016 sold their home for an average of $590,000 after living in it for just over seven years, which is 78 percent more than what they initially paid. In Portland, the typical 2016 seller sold for about $145,000 more than what they paid nine years earlier, a 65 percent gain.
Nationally, it’s financially advantageous to buy a home rather than rent if you plan on living in it for at least two years and one month, but staying much longer than that has really paid off. U.S. homeowners who lived in their home for about 7 ½ years gained almost $40,000 on the sale of their home — 24 percent more than what they initially paid.
The housing market recovery has sent home values roaring higher in the past several years, especially in West Coast cities that are attracting people with well-paying jobs. Despite the opportunity to cash in on record-high home values, some homeowners choose not to sell because they don’t want to become buyers in a competitive market.
Low inventory and strong demand are driving up home values in these popular markets, making it difficult for aspiring buyers to find a home, but providing a good opportunity for homeowners looking to sell.
“The housing market can change a lot in 10 years, and you see that reflected in this top 10 list,” said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell. “Buying a home is one of the biggest financial decisions people will make in their lifetime, and it really paid off for sellers in these cities. Every city on this list has been growing extremely fast over the past decade, with the majority passing peak home value hit during the housing bubble. It’s extremely difficult to time the market, but if you’re a longtime homeowner in one of these cities, you could potentially see a great return on your investment.”
Among Zillow’s top 10 list, three cities have home values growing in the double-digits. In Seattle, home values rose 15.5 percent year-over year, the fastest growing among the list, followed by Boston and Sacramento, Calif.
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i Zillow analyzed the 50 largest U.S. cities looking for places where home sellers saw the greatest return on their investment. In order to be included in Zillow’s analysis, data needs to be available on at least 60 percent of home sale transactions. If 40 percent of transaction data is missing, the city was not included in the analysis. Among the 50 largest U.S. cities, 17 cities did not meet this threshold and were not included. As a result, 33 of the largest 50 U.S. cities were ranked.
ii The difference between purchase price and sale price without adjusting for carrying costs and transaction costs.
iii The Zillow Home Value Index (ZHVI) is the median estimated home value for a given geographic area on a given day and includes the value of all single-family residences, condominiums and cooperatives, regardless of whether they sold within a given period. It is expressed in dollars, and seasonally adjusted.