The weirdest housing markets ever—just look at these 12 maps

So, this historic deterioration in housing affordability will need to have pushed residence costs decrease over the previous yr, proper?

It’s a combined bag.

Among the many 400 largest metropolitan housing markets tracked by the seasonally adjusted Zillow House Worth Index, 174 markets in April had been beneath their pandemic peak for native residence costs. The opposite 226 markets had both climbed again to their pandemic peak, or set the next peak altogether in April.

Western markets like Boise and San Francisco have seen native residence costs fall 10% from their 2022 peak, whereas markets like Miami and Cincinnati simply set new all-time highs for native residence costs in April.

Actual property is native, nevertheless, and this bifurcated—and simply straight up bizarre—housing market actually takes it to an excessive.

“The wild pandemic-era housing market made value progress tendencies extra native than that they had been since 2009,” wrote Taylor Marr, deputy chief economist at Redfin, in a report printed this week. “The historic price-growth hole between San Francisco and Miami illustrates simply how native the housing market stays, with the Bay Space dropping homebuyers and South Florida attracting them.”

This bifurcated market, Marr says, “means it’s extra vital than ever to give attention to native tendencies.”

Why has the housing market been so divided over the previous yr?

One purpose being that Western housing markets are merely extra rate-sensitive. First, Western markets have strained affordability after years of overheated residence value progress, which makes them weak to acute affordability strains at any time when mortgage charges spike. Second, these Western markets have a excessive focus of tech jobs, that are weak at any time when the Fed strikes into inflation-fighting mode.

“The truth that Miami costs are holding up nicely regardless of the nationwide pullback in homebuying suggests the relative reputation of Florida is right here to remain. Despite the fact that some staff are returning to places of work not less than a couple of days every week, the pandemic has given many People far more freedom on the place they select to dwell—and a variety of them are selecting locations the place shelling out $1.5 million for a run-of-the-mill residence isn’t the norm,” wrote Marr.

To raised perceive this bifurcated housing market, Fortune constructed 11 state-level maps utilizing seasonally adjusted Zillow House Worth Index knowledge. These maps present how ZIP code degree residence costs in April 2023 in comparison with the pandemic peak. If a specific ZIP code is shaded blue, it means native residence costs in April 2023 had been at their all-time excessive.

Among the many 1,564 California ZIP codes tracked by Zillow, 98.5% are beneath their pandemic peak for native residence costs; 1.5% of California ZIP codes had been at their pandemic peak in April.

Among the many 1,554 Texas ZIP codes tracked by Zillow, 69.6% are beneath their pandemic peak for native residence costs, whereas 30.4% of Texas ZIP codes had been at their pandemic peak value in April.

Among the many 927 Florida ZIP codes tracked by Zillow, 76.2% are beneath their pandemic peak for native residence costs, whereas 23.8% of Florida ZIP codes had been at their pandemic peak value in April.

Among the many 1,038 Ohio ZIP codes tracked by Zillow, 46% are beneath their pandemic peak for native residence costs; 54% of Ohio ZIP codes had been at their pandemic peak value in April.

Among the many 722 North Carolina ZIP codes tracked by Zillow, 38.8% are beneath their pandemic peak for native residence costs, whereas 61.2% of North Carolina ZIP codes had been at their pandemic peak value in April.

Among the many 303 Arizona ZIP codes tracked by Zillow, 90.1% are beneath their pandemic peak for native residence costs, whereas 9.9% of Arizona ZIP codes had been at their pandemic peak value in April.

Among the many 782 Missouri ZIP codes tracked by Zillow, 30.4% are beneath their pandemic peak for native residence costs; 69.6% of Missouri ZIP codes had been at their pandemic peak value in April.

Among the many 424 Maryland ZIP codes tracked by Zillow, 46% are beneath their pandemic peak for native residence costs, whereas 54% of Maryland ZIP codes had been at their pandemic peak value in April.

Among the many 259 Connecticut ZIP codes tracked by Zillow, 25.1% are beneath their pandemic peak for native residence costs, whereas 74.9% of Connecticut ZIP codes had been at their pandemic peak value in April.

Among the many 22 District of Columbia ZIP codes tracked by Zillow, one ZIP is beneath its pandemic peak for native residence costs, whereas 21 District of Columbia ZIP codes had been at their pandemic peak value in April.

Among the many 230 Vermont ZIP codes tracked by Zillow, 13.5% had been beneath their pandemic peak for native residence costs, whereas 86.5% of Vermont ZIP codes had been at their pandemic peak for native residence costs in April.

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