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Philadelphia, PA: Real Estate Market & Trends 2016

As the fifth-most populous city in the United States, the Philadelphia real estate market has remained fairly consistent the past few years, as it continues to pull itself out of the post housing recession. The City of Brotherly Love has experienced mediocre gains in the first quarter of 2016, with median home prices currently at $203,900; compared to the national average of $215,767. Appreciation rates for the Philadelphia real estate market remain subpar — experiencing -0.5 percent during the first quarter compared to the national average of 6.1 percent. That said, Philadelphia is forecasted to experience significant growth within the next year, with Zillow predicting home values in the Philadelphia real estate market to grow 2.9 percent in the next 12 months.

The last few years have also witnessed the Philadelphia real estate market aggressively become a seller’s market. The first quarter of 2016 saw real estate properties in the Philadelphia area fly off the market in record pace — spending an average 98 days on the market during the spring selling season. For potential homebuyers, the saving grace of Philly’s real estate market is home affordability, which continues to remain one of the most competitive in the nation.

Philadelphia Real Estate Market Statistics:

Philadelphia real estate market infographic

According to the National Association of Realtors, price trends in the last three years have undercut the steady post-recession home equity growth — meaning equity gains in Philadelphia have staggered. Compared to the national average, the real estate market in Philadelphia continues to see minimal appreciation in homes. In order to illustrate the amount of equity Philadelphia homeowners have accumulated since the recession, we have broken it down as follows:

  • Homes purchased in the Philadelphia, PA housing market one year ago have appreciated, on average, by $2,439. The national average was $15,781 over the same period.
  • Homes purchased in the Philadelphia, PA housing market three years ago have appreciated, on average, by $16,901. The national average was $49,356 over the same period.
  • Homes purchased in the Philadelphia, PA housing market five years ago have appreciated, on average, by $20,045. The national average was $68,727 over the same period.
  • Homes purchased in the Philadelphia, PA housing market seven years ago have appreciated, on average, by $20,418. The national average was $59,758 over the same period.
  • Homes purchased in the Philadelphia, PA housing market nine years ago have appreciated, on average, by $9,642. The national average increased $16,435 over the same period.

Philadelphia, PA: Real Estate Market Summary:

Philadelphia housing market summary

  • Current Median Home Price: $203,900
  • 1-Year Appreciation Rate: -0.5%
  • 3-Year Appreciation Rate: 3.1%
  • Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
  • 1-Year Job Growth Rate: 2.6%
  • Population: 6,060,000
  • Median Household Income: $62,171

Philadelphia, PA: Real Estate Market (2016) — Q1 Updates:

Philadelphia real estate Q1

Home prices in the Philadelphia real estate market for the first quarter of 2016 have been mild, to say the least. The one factor benefiting potential homebuyers in Philadelphia is home affordability, which remains below the national average. In fact, the current monthly mortgage payment to income is 7.6 percent, almost half the national average of 14.5 percent, and lower than its historic average of 11.5 percent. The median home price to income for Philadelphia in the first quarter was 1.4 compared to the national average of 2.6, making Philly one of the most affordable markets in the nation.

Another sign of positivity for Philadelphia’s real estate market is new home construction. As the nation struggles with the number of homes available for sale, new home construction in Philadelphia is currently at 11.0 percent, compared to the national average of 11.3 percent. The level of construction in the first quarter of 2016 is 16.7 percent above the long-term average, which could boost home values down the road.

Moving forward, the National Association of Realtors predicts the Philadelphia real estate market to grow softly in the upcoming 12 months. The NAR forecasts home prices in Philly to grow by 2.9 percent, compared to the national average of 3.8 percent. Despite the tame prediction, the real estate market in Philadelphia should be ample for investors and first-time homebuyers alike.

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