Home values are up across Ocean County and the country.
Last year we saw headlines about a possible housing market bubble, and many wondered if Americans still felt confident about the value of their homes. Recently, the 2018 Houzz & Home Study revealed:
“Homeowners with mortgages have seen their home equity more than double since 2011, increasing to a record-setting $8.3 trillion in 2017.”
The average homeowner gained $16,200 in home equity between Q2 2017 and Q2 2018 according to the latest release of CoreLogic’s Home Equity Report.
Ocean County Estimated Increase in Home Values in the Last 24 Months
· Manahawkin – ↑9.69
· Barnegat – ↑9.63%
· Waretown – ↑8.28%
· Forked River – ↑4.85%
· Lanoka Harbor – ↑13.88%
· Bayville – ↑7.54%
· Toms River (08753) – ↑5.49%
· Toms River (08755) – ↑0.28%
· Toms River (08757) – ↑23.88%
· Brick (08723) – ↑6.08%
· Brick (08724) – ↑5.98%
· Point Pleasant – ↑16.64%
Since 2011 home values have increased significantly throughout the country, with prices rising by 5.1% in 2018 alone. When surveyed, homeowners revealed the top four reasons why they felt their homes had increased in value.
1) Desirable Location
2) Improved National Economy
3) Improved Local Economy
4)Low Home Inventory in My Area
As we can see, not only does the data show that the homes have appreciated, but homeowners also believe they know why. Many have taken advantage of the opportunity to use their newly found equity to sell their current house and move up to their dream home!
2019 will be a good year for the homeowners that still want to take advantage of their home equity! CoreLogic forecasts that home prices will increase by 4.8% by the end of the year.
If you are a Ocean County homeowner who would like to find out your current home value, click here, or we can get together to discuss the hidden opportunities in your home!
Karl Hess provides expert real estate services to residential buyers and sellers in Ocean County. Contact us today for more information on Ocean County Real Estate and for professional assistance navigating this complex home market.
As always, thank you for your time and feel free to get in touch if you have any questions. Karl Hess, Your Realtor on The Jersey Shore in Ocean County