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Why Are Houses So Expensive?

January 9, 2024
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You’re not alone in noticing the housing market; here’s what affects the price.

You might be at the point where you would love to buy a home or even build one with the help of a home builder. Perhaps you have confirmed that you can afford a home today, but you wonder what the cost breakdown is. Why are houses so expensive, and why are they so expensive today?

Reasons Houses Are Expensive

Land is Valuable

When buying a house, you are also buying land, which has great value. Land is limited and in great demand. Land ownership also has great significance, giving the owner wealth and authority. Land prices depend on how desirable the area is as well.

Construction Costs Are High

Construction costs, such as design, labor, and materials, all have costs, and those costs add up. The whole house also has value outside of the construction costs, which is why there are construction-to-permanent loans in home building. Since 2020, construction costs have soared and settled.

General Inflation

Due to many economic influences, prices have risen everywhere for almost everything over the last few years, including homes. Part of what causes prices to rise is a high demand and low supply. The reasons that the housing supply is low are manifold, one being that homeowners are reluctant to exchange a low interest rate for a higher one.

Increased Mortgage Rates

Speaking of mortgage rates, the increased mortgage rates are certainly not helping, although they have thankfully started to settle in the past few months. Although not included in the house listing price, the mortgage rate can significantly alter how much you are paying per month. Inflation and the government’s response to it are connected to increasing rates.

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