Which Political Party Is Better For Homeownership?

Homeowners living in Democrat-controlled congressional districts have gained more than twice as much in housing wealth as homeowners living in Republican-controlled districts over the past eight years, according to an analysis by ATTOM Data Solutions.

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Among 2.4 million single family homes purchased eight years ago, those in Democrat-controlled districts have gained an average $59,467 in value since purchase — a 21 percent return — compared to a $22,086 return representing a 10 percent ROI for homes in Republican-controlled districts.

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But homeowners in Republican-controlled districts are paying lower property taxes — $2,514 on average representing a 1.02 effective tax rate compared to $3,659 representing a 1.07 percent tax rate for homeowners in Democrat-controlled districts.

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Counter to the national trend, seven of the 11 battleground states in the 2016 presidential election have produced better ROI for homeowners in Republican-controlled districts.

To come to these conclusions ATTOM Data Solutions looked at home values, appreciation, property taxes and equity for 2.4 million single family homes purchased eight years ago, broken down by congressional district. Those metrics were measured for all homes in congressional districts with a Democrat representative and for all homes in congressional districts with a Republican representative.

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