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First-Time Buyers Facing Higher-Priced Housing Market

Phil Hall
Apr 22, 2016
People trying to buy their first home are facing an increasingly expensive housing market, with home values on entry-level homes rising the fastest in more than half of the major metro areas

People trying to buy their first home are facing an increasingly expensive housing market, with home values on entry-level homes rising the fastest in more than half of the major metro areas.

According to new data from Zillow, more than one-third of the homes up for sale are in the most expensive segment. Overall, there are 5.9 percent fewer homes for sale than a year ago, and the inventory for entry-level homes is 10.4 percent below last year’s level.

Increasingly, entry-level homes are becoming more expensive in the hotter housing markets. Zillow noted that the median value of entry-level homes in Denver rose 20 percent year-over-year—in comparison, the pricey San Francisco market saw an 11 percent year-over-year increase in median values on this housing type, while the tumult-driven Detroit market experienced a 3.2 percent decrease in entry-level home values.

"It's going to be a tough home-buying market this spring, especially for first-time buyers or even people looking to move up into a slightly more expensive home," said Zillow Chief Economist Svenja Gudell. "In order to stand out in a competitive market, buyers should get pre-approved for a loan, find an agent who has experience with bidding wars, and consider coming in at the asking price, so the seller knows they're serious."

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