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Is It the Politics? Home Values Decline in Washington, D.C.

Doug Whiteman
Is It the Politics? Home Values Decline in Washington, D.C.

Thanks to ultra-low mortgage rates, it's an excellent time to buy or sell a home across the U.S. But what about in District of Columbia?

Is the state's housing market too pricey for buyers? Not-so-great if you've got a home you want to sell? Or just right — for everybody?

Home values provide some answers. They indicate that the market in District of Columbia is cooling off, according to Zillow, though you might find vast differences from one city or one corner of the state to the next.

Current home values in D.C.

Home values have been declining throughout the District of Columbia and are down 0.98% from a year ago.

Statewide, the median value for a single-family home — meaning half are worth more, half are worth less — is currently $564,500 , Zillow says.

Could you afford that? Let's say you want to buy that mid-priced home using a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage at this week's average interest rate, which is a low 3.69%, says mortgage company Freddie Mac.

With the 30-year mortgage rate at 3.69% and the median home value for the District of Columbia at $564,500 , a representative monthly mortgage payment would be $2,595.11.

How the the D.C. housing market stacks up

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Washington, D.C. skyline with highways and monuments

Property values in the District of Columbia are high by historical standards and are higher than what the typical house is worth nationwide.

The median home value throughout the U.S. is $229,600, which is up 4.88% from a year ago.

Zillow predicts U.S. home values will rise 2.2% over the next year, while in the District of Columbia, they're expected to rise 2.16%.

Homes are going on the market in the District of Columbia at a median price of $505 per square foot, versus $155 per square foot nationwide.

Are you looking to buy? Take a look at today's best mortgage rates where you live.