Homes Near Public Transportation Hold Value Better
March 22, 2013
“Location, location, location near public transportation” may be the new real-estate mantra according to a new study released today by the American Public Transportation Association and the National Association of REALTORS®. Data in the study reveals that during the last recession, residential property values performed 42 percent better on average if they were located near public transportation with high-frequency service.
“When homes are located near public transportation, it is the equivalent of creating housing as desirable as beachfront property,” APTA President and CEO Michael Melaniphy said. “This study shows that consumers are choosing neighborhoods with high-frequency public transportation because it provides access to up to five times as many jobs per square mile as compared to other areas in a given region. Other attractive amenities in these neighborhoods include lower transportation costs, walkable areas, and robust transportation choices.”
“Higher home values reflect greater market demand for areas near public transportation,” said NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. “Transportation plays an important role in real estate and housing decisions, and the data suggests that residential real-estate near public transit will remain attractive to buyers going forward. A sound transportation system not only benefits individual property owners, but also creates the foundation for a community’s long-term economic wellbeing.”
The study, The New Real-Estate Mantra: Location near Public Transportation, investigates how well residential properties located in a half-mile proximity to high-frequency public transportation or in the “public transit shed” have performed in holding their value during the recession compared to other properties in a given region.
While residential property values declined substantially between 2006 to 2011, properties close to public transit showed significantly stronger resiliency. In Boston, residential property in the rapid-transit area outperformed other properties in the region by 129 percent. In the Chicago public transit-area, home values performed 30 percent higher than other homes the region; in San Francisco, 37 percent higher; Minneapolis-St Paul, 48 percent; and in Phoenix, 37 percent.
“Stable property values in areas with public transit access have a number of policy implications,” Melaniphy said. “As Congress and state and local governments look for ways to accelerate economic growth, this study shows that investing in public transportation is a boon to revitalizing our economy.”
“When consumers choose a home, they also choose a lifestyle. Shorter commutes and more walkable neighborhoods matter to a growing number of people, especially those living in congested metro areas,” Yun said.
Updated: April 18, 2019