The Columbia Gorge home prices: Need some help understanding why they appreciate?

Over time, the worth of a house will go up and down. Over a long enough period of time, property values typically appreciate. But, of course, in real estate there is always a certain amount of risk.

When your home appreciates you have a greater asset to borrow against, and you'll see a larger profit when you sell. Property values in The Columbia Gorge change for many different reasons, so how will you know what you're buying now won't depreciate the day after you close? The most important factor is that you choose a REALTOR® in The Columbia Gorge who can identify the factors that drive local prices.


A lot of people are convinced that the economy is the greatest factor affecting real estate appreciation. Clearly, there are many issues on a national level that impact your property's value: unemployment, interest rates, the stock market, and more. But the most influential issues that decide your home's value are specific to the local The Columbia Gorge economy and housing market.

Let Pathfinder Real Estate Services help you with your first home purchase in The Columbia Gorge Location in a community - Convenient access to schools, jobs and amenities like shopping, restaurants and entertainment is a big deal to many families and will greatly influence home values. So those communities generally appreciate, or keep their value consistently, year to year.

Recent sales - Your real estate agent should give you facts and figures on the recent real estate sales in the areas that you'd like to live in. You'll want to know average time on market, selling versus listing price and more.

The appreciation history - Is the area thought of as desirable because of its location or affordability? Have house prices increased or decreased over the past 5-10 years?

Local economy - Is there a fair combination of work in an area, or does it depend on just one industry? Have businesses moved into or away from an area? Are local businesses hiring? These items play a part.

It's important to be informed about the factors that influence your house's market price. Click here to receive an assessment of your property's value. And if you have any questions, call me at 509-774-0466 or e-mail me .

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