Home Values, Rents Increase in July: Zillow
The cost of housing increased in most major metropolitan areas during July, according to a report from the real estate firm Zillow.
Home values rose 6.5% in July compared to last year, to $174,800. Average rents increased 2.8%, to $1,318, over the same period.
"As rents keep rising, along with interest rates and home values, saving for a down payment and attaining homeownership becomes that much more difficult for millions of current renters," said Stan Humphries, the company's chief economist, in a press release Thursday.
Homeowners allocate approximately 15% of their incomes to mortgage payments, the report said.
Additionally, Zillow predicted that average home values are expected to increase 2.7% during the next 12-month period, to $179,489.