In Wealthy U.S. Suburbs, There’s Not Much of a Housing Boom


In most of the U.S., housing markets are exuberant. In some of the country’s priciest neighborhoods, they’re relatively subdued.

Upscale suburbs of Washington, D.C., and wealthy New York enclaves are among the markets with the slowest price appreciation, according to the latest report on U.S. home affordability by real-estate research firm Attom Data Solutions.

House prices were up less than 1% last quarter from a year earlier in Westchester, New York, for example — and not much more than that in Montgomery County, Maryland, a favorite of wealthy commuters to the capital.

The trend isn’t limited to the east coast, with Chicago’s Cook County posting an increase of 2%. By comparison, almost two-thirds of the counties surveyed saw prices rise more than 10%.

The wealthiest areas may be victims of their past success. The spread of remote work during the pandemic has allowed many employees to opt for living somewhere more affordable.

“Demand today tends to be stronger at the entry and mid-priced tiers of the market than at the higher end,” said Rick Sharga, Attom’s executive vice president of market intelligence. “Price appreciation tends to rise more quickly in counties with a higher percentage of lower-priced homes available.”


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