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Million Dollar ZIPs

Increasing home prices aren’t just a trend that the middle and lower classes are experiencing—those in the million-dollar range are noticing, too. In fact, some of those that used to not have million-dollar price tags now do.

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Do Rising Prices Indicate Another Crash?

Home prices have hit record highs once again, according to a national price index released today. And with high demand and tight inventory, they’re likely to keep rising for the foreseeable future. So, how long do we have until the bubble bursts? Today’s index has some answers.

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Cost of Living Rises in Tandem with Home Prices

Cost of living is on the rise across the country, according to a report released on Monday that lists the top 10 cities in the country with the fastest rate of increase in the cost of living over a one year period between 2016 and 2017. The study used two main metrics to rank the cities: the increase in the cost of living index—food, rent, utilities, and transportation costs. It also measures the increase in the amount of income that was needed to “live comfortably,” which is defined by the amount of money a household has to make in a year to account for necessities, savings, and discretionary spending.

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Price Gap Widens Between Priciest, Most Affordable Metros

According to a new report issued on Friday, home price appreciation rates are disparate between the nation’s most and least expensive cities—and that gap is only widening. While 16 percent of U.S. markets have seen housing prices jump 40 percent since the year 2000, another 30 percent of cities actually saw prices decline over the same period. Despite the discrepancy, nominal prices rose in 97 out of the nation’s 100 biggest metro areas last year due to high demand and tightening supply. As a result, affordability is on the downslope across the nation; an estimated 19 million households spent more than half of their income on housing.

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Home Prices Hit New Peak

According to new data, home prices have hit a new peak, now reaching $272,000. Eight states and 15 metros also hit new price peaks this year. Washington has seen the biggest jump in prices over the year.

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The Week Ahead: Prices Still Rising, Inventory Still Dropping

On Wednesday, at 9 a.m. EST, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) will release its House Price Index (HPI) for March. The Index covers single-family housing, using data provided by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Previously, the FHFA reported in its February HPI that home prices rose 0.8 percent month-over-month. In the report, January’s former unchanged index was revised to a 0.2 percent increase.

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