Where prices are growing the most in Q1


Take it from Glennda Baker—cars lose their value and clothes stop fitting. But real estate? That’s an investment that will pay off for decades to come. 

When Glennda cashed her first $137,000 commission check from selling a huge home early in her career, she could have scooped up the foreclosed townhouse in a prime location down the street. But one new car and several shopping sprees later, that money was long gone. Fast forward to today—the townhome is worth $1M, but the car and clothes are nothing but a memory. Her candid lesson is simple. Where you sink your money matters because not every purchase is an investment. 

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Doubling down on growth

According to the latest NAR data, Q1 was a hot one for home prices across the country. Despite mortgage rates hitting highs not seen in two decades, home prices increased in over 90% of metro areas—and 30% saw double-digit growth.

Between the shortage of available homes and the growing pool of eager buyers, these 10 metros saw the highest price growth year-over-year:

  1. Fond du Lac, Wis. (23.7%)

  2. Kankakee, Ill. (22.0%)

  3. Rockford, Ill. (20.1%)

  4. Champaign-Urbana, Ill. (20.0%)

  5. Johnson City, Tenn. (19.3%)

  6. Racine, Wis. (19.0%)

  7. Newark, N.J.-Pa. (18.8%)

  8. Bloomington, Ill. (18.5%)

  9. New York-Jersey City-White Plains, N.Y.-N.J. (18.4%)

  10. Cumberland, Md.-W.Va. (18.2%)


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Breaking into the luxury market

Want a deeper understanding of the details and dynamics shaping the current luxury market? In last Friday’s edition of The Blueprint, luxury agents James Harris and David Parnes gave their take on the two key drivers of the multi-million-dollar home purchases happening today: The substantial growth in homeowner wealth and the massive increase in home prices across top zip codes. 

Check out this edition for James and David’s advice on targeting the everyday high-end buyer, maximizing your follow-up conversion rate, and the must-read report on luxury buyer demographics. 

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