Just Try and Keep up With Washington DC Area Home Prices

Today I calculated the appreciation of my parents’ home in Potomac, Maryland which is a suburb of Washington DC in Montgomery County, one of the wealthiest counties in the United States.

They sold it for $439,000 on 1/27/1998. Zillow.com says today it is worth $863,654.

The buyers have owned it 19 years, 11 months and 25 days (7,299 days or 239.9669 months).

That means their home has appreciated $1,769.63 a month.

–Robert John Stevens, January 27, 1998

Government Regulations are the Cause of Utah’s Housing Crisis

by Robert John Stevens, October 26, 2017

Government regulations are the problem. For example, to build in Utah County it is highly likely you must build, pave and dedicate a road.

For example, a 3/4-mile road with the required 12″ of road base will cost $350k to $400k.

Dead ends, cul-de-sacs, dirt and gravel roads are not permitted. Roads must have a separate entrance and exit. Your driveway cannot, even for 1 foot, pass thru a private, interior road.

Expect to pay at least $27k for the required 9 acre-feet of water because monopolies monopolize, $25k for an at-grade wastewater treatment system, $8k to hook up your power, tens of thousands to bring utilities to your property, $9,500 to dig a 145-foot well.

Brigham Young urged young men to build a 10×10 home, and plant flowers and shade trees to attract a young lady. Now you cannot build less than 1,200 sq ft.

It is highly unlikely that you can buy raw land in Utah County, develop it, and build for under $350k.

Utah County is 2,144 square miles in which 2,003 square miles is land and not water; 96% is outside of the incorporated towns.

19th-century pioneers would have been denied settlement in Utah County.

Plenty of land but insurmountable regulations.

See also A. Scott Anderson: Time to act on housing affordability.