In this contentious presidential election, party preference isn’t the only thing dividing red states and blue states. After applying the industry’s most accurate real estate valuations to every home in the US, HouseCanary found that there is also a significant and growing divide in residential real estate values between red states and blue states.
How big is the divide between residential real estate property values in red states (Republican) vs. blue states (Democrat)? We reviewed three decades of residential real estate data, comparing red states to blue states as projected for this year’s election.
Our findings are recapped in a comprehensive Red State vs. Blue State Real Estate infographic and are featured in a recent article by The Guardian, Higher housing prices in blue states may affect presidential election.
As reported by Jana Kasperkevik, reporter at The Guardian:
“Since 1984, blue states have seen their house values go up from an average of $85,000 to $312,000, while red states saw an increase from $75,000 to $184,000. Blue states now account for 77% of the total value of homes in the United States.
Higher housing prices in the liberal-leaning blue states might have a twofold effect on voters’ outlooks: while homeowners feel the benefits of the economic recovery, those who do not own homes are grappling with the effects of income inequality as house prices increase – often out of their reach.”
HouseCanary’s review of residential real estate values also uncovered the following stats:
Today, home ownership is at its lowest level in decades – it will be interesting to see how that changes in the next four years.
While I can’t predict our next president, at HouseCanary we can forecast property values. Given that real estate is the largest asset class in the US and the foundation of most Americans’ net worth, I also anticipate that this growing divide will be a story worth watching as the next administration puts policies into place.