2007 Coldwell Banker® Home Price Comparison Index reveals That $2.1 Million Separates Beverly Hills from Killeen, Texas
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2007 Coldwell Banker® Home Price Comparison Index reveals That $2.1 Million Separates Beverly Hills from Killeen, Texas

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Beverly Hills, Calif., and Killeen, Texas, Rank As Most Expensive and Most Affordable U.S. Markets, Respectively, in Annual Coldwell Banker Study

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Sept. 26, 2007 –  “Location. Location. Location.”  The age-old adage that defines home prices equates to a $2.1 million difference between the nation’s most expensive and affordable housing markets according to the 2007 Coldwell Banker® Home Price Comparison Index (HPCI).  This annual “apples to apples” comparison of similar middle management homes in 317 U.S. markets finds that Beverly Hills repeats as the most expensive market in the nation.  An average 2,200 square foot, 4 bedroom, 2 ½ bath home in Beverly Hills would cost $2.21 million. Yet, more than 1,400 miles away from the glitz of Rodeo Drive, the Beverly Wilshire Hotel and Spago sits Killeen, Texas, the nation’s most affordable studied market where a home with similar characteristics would cost $136,725.   Killeen residents rejoice in their fishing, hunting, boating and Friday Night Lights-type high school football passions while embracing their role as a support system for the family and troops based at Fort Hood.

Killeen is not the only military community to score well on the HPCI’s most affordable list.  In fact, six of the nation’s 10 most affordable markets are also home to or located in close proximity to major U.S. military posts.

Serving as a “snapshot” study, the Coldwell Banker HPCI evaluates average home values for select 2,200 square foot single-family dwellings with four bedrooms, two and one-half baths, a family room (or equivalent) and a two-car garage1 in 394 markets across the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and a sampling of countries/territories outside of North America where Coldwell Banker has a presence.

The cumulative average sales price of the homes surveyed in the 317 U.S. markets (including one in Puerto Rico) covered in the Coldwell Banker HPCI is $422,343.   By comparison, the National Association of Realtors reports the median price for all existing homes sold in the U.S., regardless of type, is $218,200.

“The real estate market has certainly changed over the last year,” says Jim Gillespie, president and chief executive officer of Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. “I continue to point out that we can not make national blanket statements about appreciation and inventory. Real estate is a local business; with each market having its own story to tell.”

“People continue to move for lifestyle; they did before, they are today and they will tomorrow,” Gillespie adds.

Dublin is the most expensive studied market outside of North America where an HPCI subject home averages $2.1 million U.S. dollars. Coldwell Banker charts a total of 13 markets outside of the United States which average more than $1 million, including Milan ($1.9 million), Rome ($1.7 million) and Paris ($1.7 million).  Bogotá, Colombia, ($140,100) is the most affordable foreign studied market.  Several markets including Egypt’s Sharm El Sheikh ($144,896), Charlottetown, Canada, ($157,630) and Granada, Nicaragua, ($158,375) also average below $200,000.  Warsaw ($417,760) in Poland is the foreign market closest to the $422,343 U.S. average.

“There is greater movement of people around the world and it is not only American baby boomers and relocated workers moving outside the U.S.,” says Gillespie.  “The National Association of Realtors® recently reported that 32% of all Realtors in the U.S. had at least one international client during the last year.  Our HPCI serves as a guide for these world travelers and interested consumers to get a sense of how much a typical middle-management home may cost in various markets around the globe.”

Through the comprehensive HPCI section on www.coldwellbanker.com, prospective homebuyers and sellers can calculate what their homes may be worth in other areas in the United States and gather preliminary intelligence about the affordability of housing from one market to another.

2007 Coldwell Banker® HPCI – Highlights and Top Market Lists

  • Beverly Hills, Calif., repeats as the most expensive U.S. market in the study ($2.2 million). Killeen, Texas, regains its 2005 crown as the nation’s most affordable market at $136,725.  Minot, N.D., the most affordable market in 2006, saw five percent appreciation for the subject home over the last year and drops to second on the most affordable list ($139,033).
  • Eight of the top 10 most expensive markets in the U.S. are in California, but Greenwich, Conn., jumped from the eighth most expensive market a year ago to second this year ($2 million).  Boston  ($1.38 million) is the only other market outside of California to make the top 10 most expensive market list.  In all, 16 U.S. markets exceed the $1 million average price for the surveyed home.  Joining Greenwich and Boston on that list outside of California are Wellesley, Mass. ($1.19 million) and Ridgewood, N.J. ($1.01 million).  Note:  Manhattan in New York City was not included in the study because of the lack of comparable single-family homes.
  • Six of the most affordable U.S. markets are home to or nearby major military bases:
    Killeen, Texas:  Fort Hood (Killeen)Minot, N.D.:  Minot Air Force Base (Minot)

    Arlington and Fort Worth, Texas:  Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base (Fort Worth)

    Wichita, Kansas:  McConnell Air Force Base (Wichita)

    Grayling, Mich.:  Camp Grayling (Grayling)

    “My situation is similar to so many in Killeen,” said Tom DeAngio, vice president of sales for Coldwell Banker United-Killeen.  “My son will soon be deployed for his second tour of duty in Iraq, and I moved here to help my daughter-in-law and be with my two grandchildren.  I couldn’t see them going through another year without assistance.  This community does all it can to support the troops and their families.  We have a lot of community events like fairs and concerts, along with high school football, to stay together.”

  • While the Northeast Corridor (from Maine to Washington, D.C.) and California combine for all but five of the most expensive 40 U.S. markets, only two locations from those regions (Augusta, Maine, and Binghamton, N.Y.) appear among the top 40 most affordable markets. Texas, led by Killeen, has eight of the study’s 40 most affordable markets.
  • The cumulative average sales price of the homes surveyed in the 317 U.S. markets (including one in Puerto Rico) covered in the Coldwell Banker HPCI is $422,343, which is only four-tenths of one percent lower than the 2006 average of $423,950.  This change only reflects homes matching HPCI specifications in surveyed markets and is not necessarily reflective of overall market conditions.  Although the HPCI focuses on a “snapshot” look at subject homes meeting study criteria and is not intended to show overall market conditions, a comparison of the 2007 and 2006 surveys indicates 148 markets saw a rise in value of the HPCI subject homes, compared to 139 that dipped.
  • Markets that rank nearest to the HPCI national average sales price of $422,343 include Modesto, Calif., ($421,667), Minneapolis, Minn., ($415,767) and Frederick, Md., ($415,000)
  • Canada mirrors the U.S. with its costliest market being on the West Coast.  Vancouver, British Columbia, tops the Canadian list where subject homes average $1,327,875.  The most affordable studied market in Canada is Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island ($157,630).  The price difference from Vancouver to Charlottetown is $1,170,245.
  • The most expensive studied international markets included (prices converted to U.S. dollars as of Sept. 7, 2007): Dublin, Ireland ($2.13 million); Milan, Italy ($1.91 million); Rome, Italy ($1.79 million) and Paris, France ($1.67 million).  The most affordable international market tracked is Bogotá, Colombia, at $140,100.

TABLE 1

The top 10 most expensive and most affordable surveyed U.S. markets overall in 2007 are:

Rank Most Expensive 2007 Avg. Sales Price Most Affordable 2007 Avg. Sales Price

1

Beverly Hills, Calif. $2,206,883 Killeen, Texas $136,725

2

Greenwich, Conn. $2,018,750 Minot, N.D. $139,033

3

La Jolla, Calif. $1,800,000 Arlington, Texas $139,175

4

Santa Monica, Calif. $1,785,000 Canton, Ohio $146,333

5

Palo Alto, Calif. $1,677,000 Muncie, Ind. $150,000

6

Newport Beach, Calif. $1,617,500 Topeka, Kan. $150,075

7

Santa Barbara, Calif. $1,599,667 Fort Worth, Texas $151,250

8

San Mateo, Calif. $1,498,023 Tulsa, Okla. $153,750

9

San Francisco, Calif. $1,451,250 Grayling, Mich. $155,000

10

Boston, Mass. $1,381,250 Wichita, Kansas $156,500

TABLE 2

The most expensive and most affordable surveyed U.S. markets within each state in 2007 are: 

State  Most Expensive  2007 Avg.  Sales Price  Most Affordable  2007 Avg.  Sales Price  Variance
ALASKA Juneau

 $465,000

Anchorage

 $340,302

 $124,698

ALABAMA Mobile

 $232,375

Huntsville

 $212,183

 $20,192

ARIZONA Scottsdale

 $525,667

Mesa

 $257,467

 $268,200

ARKANSAS Fayetteville

 $252,950

Fort Smith

 $183,950

 $69,000

CALIFORNIA Beverly Hills

$2,206,883

Sacramento

 $380,625

 $1,826,258

COLORADO Boulder

 $615,000

Colorado Springs

 $197,500

 $417,500

CONNECTICUT Greenwich

$2,018,750

West Hartford

 $365,000

 $1,653,750

DELAWARE

Wilmington  $414,500 *  

FLORIDA Key West

 $929,818

Port Charlotte

 $239,100

 $690,718

GEORGIA Atlanta

 $324,000

Macon

 $165,440

 $158,560

HAWAII Kihei, Maui

 $963,000

Honolulu

 $843,750

 $119,250

IDAHO Boise

 $250,400

Coeur d’Alene

 $250,370

 $30

ILLINOIS Chicago

 $732,333

Rockford

 $199,875

 $532,458

INDIANA Munster

 $341,667

Muncie

 $150,000

 $191,667

IOWA Des Moines

 $260,275

Sioux City

 $184,000

 $76,275

KANSAS Lawrence

 $232,300

Topeka

 $150,075

 $82,225

KENTUCKY Louisville

 $238,000

Florence

 $209,579

 $28,421

LOUISIANA New Orleans

 $310,875

Shreveport

 $225,750

 $85,125

MAINE Portland

 $354,000

Augusta

 $157,400

 $196,600

MARYLAND Bethesda

 $950,000

Hagerstown

 $316,450

 $633,550

MASSACHUSETTS Boston

$1,381,250

Worcester

 $286,000

 $1,095,250

MICHIGAN Ann Arbor

 $303,750

Grayling

 $155,000

 $148,750

MINNESOTA Edina

 $434,975

Rochester

 $211,329

 $223,646

MISSISSIPPI Jackson

 $244,000

Tupelo

 $179,125

 $64,875

MISSOURI Kansas City

 $238,875

Springfield

 $189,650

 $49,225

MONTANA Bozeman

 $341,212

Billings

 $168,542

 $172,670

NEBRASKA Norfolk

 $212,250

North Platte

 $195,762

 $16,488

NEVADA Reno

 $384,500

Las Vegas

 $362,188

 $22,312

NEW HAMPSHIRE Hanover

 $496,000

Portsmouth

 $283,000

 $213,000

NEW JERSEY Ridgewood

$1,006,250

Cherry Hill

 $287,167

 $719,083

NEW MEXICO Santa Fe

 $640,062

Albuquerque

 $317,319

 $322,743

NEW YORK Katonah

 $904,750

Binghamton

 $193,382

 $711,368

NORTH CAROLINA Wilmington

 $339,082

Greensboro

 $182,178

$156,904

NORTH DAKOTA Fargo

 $217,890

Minot

 $139,033

 $78,857

OHIO Cincinnati

 $250,530

Canton

 $146,333

 $104,197

OKLAHOMA Oklahoma City

 $193,750

Tulsa

 $153,750

 $40,000

OREGON Medford

 $433,250

Salem

 $311,567

 $121,683

PENNSYLVANIA Philadelphia

 $515,225

Erie

 $205,475

 $309,750

RHODE ISLAND

Providence $483,333 *

SOUTH CAROLINA Charleston

 $389,750

Columbia

 $198,967

 $190,783

SOUTH DAKOTA

Rapid City $197,600 *

TENNESSEE Nashville

$238,333

Memphis

 $191,936

 $46,397

TEXAS Dallas

 $302,198

Killeen

 $136,725

 $165,473

UTAH Salt Lake City

 $408,125

Provo

 $363,975

 $44,150

VERMONT Burlington

 $373,475

Rutland

 $291,718

 $81,757

VIRGINIA Alexandria

 $771,500

Lynchburg

 $275,269

 $496,231

WASHINGTON Bellevue

 $763,667

Tri-Cities

 $228,988

 $534,679

WEST VIRGINIA Charleston

 $176,625

Parkersburg

 $164,333

 $12,292

WISCONSIN Milwaukee

 $324,750

Eau Claire

 $158,650

 $166,100

WYOMING

Cheyenne $225,956 *

The 2007 average price in the District of Columbia: 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

$808,500 *

The 2007 average price in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico: 

PUERTO RICO

 San Juan suburbs $357,500 *


TABLE 3

The most expensive and most affordable markets (in U.S. dollars) within selected provinces/territories in Canada are: 

 Province/Territory  Most Expensive  2007 Avg.  Sales Price  Most Affordable  2007 Avg.  Sales Price  Variance
ALBERTA Edmonton

$566,750

Calgary

$513,250

$53,500

BRITISH COLUMBIA Vancouver

 $1,327,875

Burnaby

$650,750

 $677,125

MANITOBA

Winnipeg $344,868*

NEW BRUNSWICK

Moncton $255,925 *

NEWFOUNDLAND

St. John’s $209,000 *

NOVA SCOTIA

Halifax  $253,500*

ONTARIO Toronto

 $862,674

Brantford

 $268,750

 $593,924

PRINCE EDWARDISLAND

Charlottetown $157,630 *

QUEBEC

Montreal $252,350 *

SASKATCHEWAN

Saskatoon $211,666 *

YUKON

Whitehorse $326,250 *

* Only one market included in the study.

TABLE 4

All surveyed international markets; conversions through September 7, 2007: 

Country

Market

2007 Avg. Sales Price in U.S. $*

2007 Average Sales Price in Local Currency*

ARUBA Aruba

$236,250

418.163 AWG

AUSTRALIA Brisbane

$657,464

742,750 AUD

Sydney

$874,553

998,000 AUD

Perth

$750,850

848,250 AUD

BAHRAIN Manama-Muharraq

$230,500

86,500 BD

BELIZE San Pedro

$697,500

1,395,000 BZD

CHINA Beijing

$709,687

5,372,121 CNY

Hangzhou

$870,996

6,604,235 CNY

Shanghai

$774,799

5,865,000 CNY

Suzhou

$241,275

1,825,000 CNY

COLOMBIA Bogotá

$140,100

281,600,000 COP

COSTA RICA San Jose

$389,900

206,545,626 CRC

EGYPT Cairo

$328,719

1,900,000 EGP

Sharm El Sheikh

$144,896

837,500 EGP

FRANCE Lyon

$650,485

468,656 EUR

Marseilles

$547,039

394,126 EUR

Nice

$563,080

405,683 EUR

Paris

$1,677,878

1,208,863 EUR

HONDURAS Tegucigalpa

$377,500

7,182,881 HNL

IRELAND Cork County

$1,630,061

1,187,500 EUR

Dublin

$2,133,891

1,562,500 EUR

Galway County

$1,124,987

823,750 EUR

Limerick County

$1,091,283

795,000 EUR

ITALY Milan

$1,917,195

1.441.500 EUR

Florence

$1,352,167

1.016.667 EUR

Rome

$1,793,838

1.348.750 EUR

JAMAICA St. Andrew

$273,061

18,431,625 JMD

JAPAN Tokyo

$780,346

90,059,560 JPY

MALTA Attard

$274,200

84,952 MTL

Marsascala

$294,250

91,164 MTL

VSt. Julians

$255,500

79,159 MTL

MEXICO Guadalajara

$246,522

2,746,810 MXN

Mexico City

$277,213

3,088,777 MXN

Monterrey

$274,043

3,053,456 MXN

NETHERLANDS Amsterdam

$537,148

387,000 EUR

NICARAGUA Granada

$190,000

3,616,080 NIO

PANAMA Panama City

$201,333

204,655 PAB

POLAND Cracow

$368,527

1,028,750 PLN

Gdansk

$283,792

792,500 PLN

Warsaw

$479,000

1,337,500 PLN

PORTUGAL Algarve

$383,878

278,750 EUR

Cascais

$526,758

382,500 EUR

Lisbon

$1,053,584

765,000 EUR

ROMANIA Bucharest

$607,200

1,372,000 RON

SINGAPORE Singapore

$1,039,545

1,572,000 SGD

SPAIN Madrid

$1,135,351

829.798 EUR

Seville

$906,009

662.094 EUR

Valencia

$774,613

566.073 EUR

ST. CROIX Christiansted

$702,500

US$702,500

TURKEY Istanbul

$417,760

543088 TRY

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES Dubai

$1,127,459

4,126,500AED

* Conversions done on oanda.com as of September 7, 2007; All currencies listed are local to each country/territory

Methodology – 2007 Coldwell Banker® Home Price Comparison Index:

Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC conducts its Home Price Comparison Index study by compiling survey data from Coldwell Banker offices throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and a sampling of other countries where the Coldwell Banker system has a market presence. Companies within the Coldwell Banker system submit data based on the average sales price of sold listings through July 2007 or a comparative market analysis of homes previously evaluated for the 2006 HPCI. The criteria for the HPCI subject home is: single-family dwelling, 2,200 square feet (approximately)2, four bedrooms, two and one-half baths, family room (or equivalent) and two-car garage in neighborhoods/zip codes within a market that is typical for corporate middle-management transferees.

About Coldwell Banker®

Since 1906, the Coldwell Banker® organization has been a premier full-service real estate provider. In 2006, Franchise Times magazine’s prestigious Top 200 issue ranked the Coldwell Banker system number one in real estate for the seventh straight year and number eight among all franchisors.  The Coldwell Banker System has approximately 3,800 residential real estate offices and more than 120,000 sales associates in 41 countries and territories.  The Coldwell Banker System is a leader in the industry in residential and commercial real estate, and in niche markets such as resort, new home and luxury property through its Coldwell Banker Previews International® division. It is a pioneer in consumer services with its Coldwell Banker Concierge® Service Program and award-winning Web site, www.coldwellbanker.com. Coldwell Banker Mortgage is one of the largest telephone/web based lenders in the country. Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC is a subsidiary of Realogy Corporation, the world’s largest real estate franchisor. Coldwell Banker® is a registered trademark licensed to Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC.  Each office is independently owned and operated.

1 The Coldwell Banker® Home Price Comparison Index (HPCI) is not intended and should not be deemed to be a definitive determination of price for any particular real estate. While the HPCI offers insight into housing costs, Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC recommends that potential homebuyers and sellers conduct additional research and work with a reputable real estate professional on their specific needs.
2  2,200 square feet was the baseline figure used as size criteria for the HPCI subject homes. However, it is possible that in certain markets the size of the subject homes varied.

3  Currency exchange rates were calculated as of September 7, 2007 on www.oanda.com.

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