According to Zillow, holding onto your home for a long period of time over the last decade meant a serious return on investment, especially in some of the nation's hottest housing markets. Zillow reports housing markets like Oakland, Calif. and Portland, Ore. top the list of U.S. cities where home sellers saw the greatest return.
In Oakland, the typical seller in 2016 sold their home for an average of $590,000 after living in it for just over seven years, which is 78 percent more than what they initially paid. In Portland, the typical 2016 seller sold for about $145,000 more than what they paid nine years earlier, a 65 percent gain.
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Home sellers in the West Coast's hottest cities saw the greatest return on their investment when they sold in 2016, especially in Oakland, Calif. and Portland, Ore.
In Oakland, the typical seller in 2016 sold their home for an average of $590,000 after living in it for just over seven years, which is 78 percent more than what they initially paid.
Nationally, home sellers in 2016 sold for 24 percent more than what they initially paid, after living it for about 7 ½ years. That's about a $40,000 gain.
Nationally, it's financially advantageous to buy a home rather than rent if you plan on living in it for at least two years and one month, but staying much longer than that has really paid off. U.S. homeowners who lived in their home for about 7 ½ years gained almost $40,000on the sale of their home -- 24 percent more than what they initially paid.
The housing market recovery has sent home values roaring higher in the past several years, especially in West Coast cities that are attracting people with well-paying jobs. Despite the opportunity to cash in on record-high home values, some homeowners choose not to sell because they don't want to become buyers in a competitive market.
Low inventory and strong demand are driving up home values in these popular markets, making it difficult for aspiring buyers to find a home, but providing a good opportunity for homeowners looking to sell.
Among Zillow's top 10 list, three cities have home values growing in the double-digits. In Seattle, home values rose 15.5 percent year-over year, the fastest growing among the list, followed by Boston and Sacramento, Calif.