Home Values Are Heating Up in Alabama

Doug Whiteman
Home Values Are Heating Up in Alabama

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

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 Alabama is heating up, 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 Alabama

Home values have been rising throughout Alabama and are up 4.78% from a year ago.

Statewide, the median value for a single-family home — meaning half are worth more, half are worth less — is currently $133,800 , 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 price for Alabama at $133,800 , a representative monthly mortgage payment would be $615.10.

How the Alabama housing market stacks up

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A cool evening in Fairhope, Alabama

Property values in Alabama are high by historical standards and are lower 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 Alabama, they're expected to fall 0.00%.

Homes are going on the market in Alabama at a median price of $77 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.

Alabama home prices over the last 10 years

Year Avg. Price
2019* $131,463
2018 $126,250
2017 $119,700
2016 $116,517
2015 $112,617
2014 $110,183
2013 $105,758
2012 $96,617
2011 $96,083
2010 $100,758
2009 $104,600

*2019 price average through August 2019.

How much for an average-sized home?

Here's what a 2,500-square-foot home in Alabama is worth now, and how that's changed over the last decade, based on the Zillow Home Value Index.

Year Avg. Price
2019* $192,500
2018 $185,000
2017 $172,500
2016 $170,000
2015 $162,500
2014 $157,500
2013 $152,500
2012 $142,500
2011 $142,500
2010 $150,000
2009 $155,000

*2019 price average through August 2019.