Study: Small Homes Appreciate Faster

Bigger isn’t necessarily better when it comes to appreciation. In fact, a new study shows that smaller homes likely will offer a bigger percentage return on a home shopper’s investment.

A new study conducted by NerdWallet culled three years of listing data from® of the 20 of the largest U.S. metro areas and shows that smaller homes, in general, appreciate at a faster rate than larger homes.

Markets can vary greatly, however. In 17 of the 20 metro areas analyzed, listing prices of the smallest 25 percent homes rose faster when calculated as a percentage, according to NerdWallet. The median annual growth rate for the smallest quartile of homes was 8.9 percent from 2013 to 2016, the study showed. The second smallest group of homes had the second-fastest growth rate: a median annual growth of 7.4 percent.

Florida had two of the metro areas that saw the fastest rate of price appreciation among smallest homes. In Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, the smallest quartile of homes appreciated by a whopping 19.5 percent each year from 2013 to 2016. In close second, Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater saw its smallest quartiles of homes appreciate by 16.6 percent annually.

Still, while the smallest homes appreciate fastest when viewed as percentage, larger homes appreciate fastest by absolute dollar amount, the study showed. That’s not surprising given a larger home often comes with a heftier price too. Case in point, the smallest homes in the metro areas NerdWallet analyzed saw appreciation, on average, of about $57,535 between 2013 and 2016. Within that same time period, the largest homes saw prices rise, on average, by $99,790.

Richard K. Green, a professor and chair of the Lusk Center for Real Estate at the University of Southern California, says one reason smaller homes are likely appreciating faster is due to less inventory of starter homes available. Buyer demand for starter, smaller homes remains high, however. That could be pushing prices higher, he says.

Source: “Small Homes Can Offer Big Returns,” NerdWallet (Feb. 7, 2017)


Thirsty Thursday at Inner Sanctum Winery

I am excited to say that this is my first blog ever.  I’ve decided to join the thousands of other bloggers out there.  The name of my blog is Central Sierra Wines.  I love wines and especially the wines of the Central Sierras so I thought what a perfect idea for a blog.  My first entry is about a small but powerful winery situated in the gold mining town of Jamestown called Inner Sanctum.  I joined with my other business associates from Academy Mortgage: Michelle Camacho, Stacey Stowe and Tammy Hammond for Inner Sanctum’s Thirsty Thursday.  This evening’s drink featured Inner Sanctum’s yummy Bubbly, cream and orange juice.  It had the smooth, creamy taste of a 50/50 orange bar and was appropriately titled: Orange CreamScicle Mimosa.  We also partook in a glass of their Tempranillo, Torro 4.  This is one of my favorites.  Torro 4 just recently took home double gold at the San Francisco Wine Competition and Best of Class.  That says a lot.
Inner Sanctum is open to the public for wine tastings WednesdaySunday afternoon and evenings.  Check them out on Facebook.  Watch for future blogs for more wine adventures and food pairings.