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Pine Level, North Carolina is Among the US Cities Where Home Values are Falling Fastest

In the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. home sales slumped. Since then, however, the market has come roaring back — and rising demand, in conjunction with a relatively low supply of housing, has caused home values to surge.

Between January 2020 and January 2021, the typical single-family American home appreciated in value from $246,563 to $269,039, a 9.1% increase. Of course, housing markets also respond more to local forces, and not all parts of the country followed the national pattern.

In Pine Level, a town of about 2,000 residents in North Carolina’s Johnston County, home values have actually declined in recent months. The typical single family home in Pine Level was worth $165,327 as of January 2021, 0.4% less than what it was worth one year ago.

One factor that can contribute to falling home prices at a local level is reduced demand. And lower demand for housing is often precipitated by population decline. According to the most recent available Census data, over the last one-year period, Pine Level’s population decreased by 4.1%.

Nationwide, the typical home value is about 4.3 times higher than the median household income of $62,843. In Pine Level, housing is generally more affordable. The typical single-family home value is about 3.3 times higher than the local median household income of $50,625.

Here are the six communities with populations of at least 2,000 in North Carolina where home values fell the most in the last year.

This is How Much Home You Can Buy For 200K in Every State

Place: 1-yr. decrease in typical home value: Current typical home value: 1-yr. pop. change: Median household income:
Green Level -5.2% $110,284 -1.1% $36,856
Chadbourn -2.8% $83,042 -16.9% $23,042
Raeford -2.4% $179,960 0.9% $36,523
Rose Hill -0.6% $72,228 -9.1% $33,631
Tabor City -0.5% $82,159 1.8% $28,276
Pine Level -0.4% $165,327 -4.1% $50,625

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