Redfin Report: Trump Appointee Home Purchases Contribute to 33 Percent Price Surge in D.C.’S Luxury Market

National luxury home prices rose 4.2 percent in the first quarter, highest gains since 2014

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Luxury home prices rose 4.2 percent in the first quarter of 2017 compared to 2016, to an average of $1.65 million, according to the latest luxury housing market report by Redfin (www.redfin.com), the next-generation real estate brokerage.

Redfin’s analysis tracks home sales in more than 1,000 cities across the country and defines a home as luxury if it is among the top 5 percent most expensive homes sold in the city in each quarter.

The bottom 95 percent of the market outperformed the luxury market for the ninth consecutive quarter. An average non-luxury home sold for $307,000, up 7 percent compared to a year earlier.

“After tepid price growth in the luxury segment throughout 2016, the luxury market rallied at the start of the year, following big gains in the stock market,” said Redfin chief economist Nela Richardson. “Luxury buyers may be acting on their optimism about the economic outlook thanks to President Trump’s promises of large tax cuts for wealthy individuals and corporations.”

The Trump Administration had an acute impact on the luxury market in the nation’s capital, where the average price for a luxury home rose 32.6 percent in the first quarter compared to 2016. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin both purchased homes over $10 million. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly bought a $5.5 million home. There are typically only a few $10 million sales in the city in any given year, so the cabinet officials’ high-dollar sales in the first quarter boosted the overall luxury price point for the entire city.

To read the full report, complete with city-specific data and charts, as well as a listing of the top-10 most expensive individual home sales in the first quarter, visit: https://www.redfin.com/blog/2017/04/luxury-market-off-to-a-strong-start-in-2017.html

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