Home values fall in the US for first time in seven years

Zillow | May 21, 2019

The median value of a home in the United States fell by 0.1% in April month on month to $226,800, the first fall in seven years, the latest index report shows.  Year on year the median home value has grown 6.1%, the fourth straight month of slowing appreciation on an annual basis, according to the figures from real estate firm Zillow. However, rents are rising. The median US rent in April was $1,477, up 2.6% from this time last year. This is the sixth straight month that rent prices have grown. The decline in home values was led primarily by large West Coast markets and comes after 85 straight months of gains that brought home values to record highs. Property prices have experienced declines only twice over the past few decades: during the recession of the early 1990s and the recession and housing crisis in the late 2000s.

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Driven primarily by private sector investment, blockchain-based technologies are being developed to address a number of land and property related challenges. This paper examines how those technologies have been applied to land registries and real estate to date and considers how blockchain and registries will evolve going forward.11 High friction transactions are hardwired into the structure of modern real estate markets. As a result, legacy infrastructure in the sector is slow, expensive, and brittle. For the median home sold in the United States, transaction costs can constitute up to 10% of the total sales price. Entire industries have emerged for the sole purpose of capitalizing on the inefficiencies that exist around property transfers. The situation in less developed markets is often even more cumbersome.


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