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Value of U.S. housing market climbs to record $31.8 trillion

Renters now spending at record high

The total value of all homes in the U.S. increased in 2017 to a total $31.8 trillion, according to the latest report from Zillow.

This is up from last year’s record high of $29.6 trillion, data from 2016 shows.

This is so high, that total homes in Los Angeles and New York City metro areas are worth $2.7 trillion and $2.6 trillion, respectively, the size of the U.K. and French economies.

To put it in perspective, the total value of the housing market is 1.5 times greater than the gross domestic product of the U.S., and nearly three times that of China.

This is an increase of $1.95 trillion over the past year, more than all of Canada’s GDP or two companies the size of Apple, Zillow’s report showed.

And renters are also now spending more money than ever before on housing, spending a record $485.6 billion in 2017. This is an increase of $4.9 billion from 2016.

Renting in San Francisco is especially expensive as renters collectively paid $616 million more than renters in Chicago, despite having 467,000 fewer renters in San Francisco.

Of the 35 largest U.S. markets, most home value growth occurred in Columbus, Ohio, which saw an increase of 15.1% to $152.3 billion in 2017.

But home prices continue to increase, fueling the housing market’s value growth. Home prices recently increased in October, and experts are beginning to fear 2018 could lock many potential buyers out of the housing market, forcing them to rent, according to the latest report released by S&P Dow Jones Indices and CoreLogic.

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