Value of U.S. Residential Land (by County)

Very interesting data set showing the value of land, minus the structures built on it, across the country:

“The analysis provides an unprecedented view into one of the nation’s largest stores of wealth: the dirt upon which homes are built. It was a tremendous technical undertaking to strip away the value of structures and measure only the cost of land at the neighborhood level. The economists’ full analytical program took more than a week to run.

It also hints at where a housing bubble could appear: “Previous research shows that very large increases in land prices helped predict subsequent house price busts during the financial crisis,” Larson said.

The team relied on appraisals of single-family homes submitted between 2012 and 2018 to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the giant, government-sponsored enterprises which securitized and guaranteed almost half of all mortgages in 2017. The researchers could only calculate accurate land values if the home on top of the land was a decade old or less, and therefore hadn’t depreciated significantly.”

The chart is intriguing:

 

Detailed data show the value of land under homes across the country

Source: Washington Post

 

 

Sources:
The Price of Residential Land for Counties, ZIP codes, and Census Tracts in the United States 
by ​William Larson (FHFA), Jessica Shui (FHFA), Morris Davis (Rutgers), Stephen Oliner (AEI)
Working Paper 19-01 FHFA,  1/2/2019

Detailed data show the value of land under homes across the country
Andrew Van Dam
Washington Post, January 23 2019