Thanks to super-low mortgage rates, it's an excellent time to buy or sell a home across the U.S. But housing prices are rising — up an average 5.9% over the last year for an existing single-family home, the National Association of Realtors reported Tuesday.
What about in Maryland? 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 Maryland 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 Maryland
Home values have been rising throughout Maryland and are up 1.40% from a year ago.
Statewide, the median value for a single-family home — meaning half are worth more, half are worth less — is currently $289,100 , 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 Maryland at $289,100 , a representative monthly mortgage payment would be $1,329.04.
How the Maryland housing market stacks up
Property values in Maryland 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 Maryland, they're expected to rise 0.67%.
Homes are going on the market in Maryland at a median price of $185 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.