Current home values in Louisiana

Home values have been rising throughout Louisiana and are up 15.9% from a year ago.

Statewide, the median value for a single-family home — meaning half are worth more, half are worth less — is currently $304,795, Realtor says.

Real estate agents say would-be homebuyers in some parts of the country are starting to overcome the obstacles caused by COVID-19 and are going virtual house hunting to take advantage of today's bargain mortgage rates and the low monthly house payments they provide.

Here's how that works in Louisiana: Let's say you want to buy a mid-priced home using a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage at the current average interest, which is a low 3.33%, according to mortgage company Freddie Mac.

A 30-year mortgage for a $304,795 home at 3.33% would give a typical Louisiana homebuyer a monthly payment of $1,072, assuming a 20% down payment.

How the Louisiana housing market stacks up

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People can enjoy a quiet life in Louisiana or a more active life in a nearby city

The state's median home value is higher than the U.S. median of $248,948, which is up 5.1% from a year ago.

While the coronavirus is expected to continue hanging over the U.S. economy like a dark cloud, Zillow forecasts that U.S. home values will rise 5.1% over the next year, while in Louisiana, they're predicted to rise 3.7%.

Homes right now are going on the market in Louisiana at a median price of $119 per square foot, versus $134 per square foot nationwide.

Are you looking to buy? Take a look at today's best mortgage rates where you live.

Louisiana home prices over the last 10 years

Year Avg. Price
2020* $169,910
2019 $146,650
2018 $145,292
2017 $140,342
2016 $133,692
2015 $127,175
2014 $123,450
2013 $120,600
2012 $118,458
2011 $120,742
2010 $124,800
2009 $125,375

*2020 price average through March 31, 2020.

How much for an average-sized home?

Here's what a 2,500-square-foot home in Louisiana is worth now, and how that's changed over the last decade, based on the Zillow Home Value Index.

Year Avg. Price
2020* $298,012
2019 $232,500
2018 $232,500
2017 $225,000
2016 $217,500
2015 $207,500
2014 $205,000
2013 $200,000
2012 $200,000
2011 $202,500
2010 $210,000
2009 $207,500

*2020 price average through March 31, 2020.

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