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Raw data sources: American Community Survey (U.S. Census Bureau), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Federal Housing Finance Agency.
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With 24,575 people, 11,407 houses or apartments, and a median cost of homes of $135,103, house prices in Watertown are some of the most affordable in New York as well as the nation.
Single-family detached homes are the single most common housing type in Watertown, accounting for 43.63% of the city's housing units. Other types of housing that are prevalent in Watertown include duplexes, homes converted to apartments or other small apartment buildings ( 27.06%), large apartment complexes or high rise apartments ( 23.56%), and a few row houses and other attached homes ( 5.23%).
People in Watertown primarily live in small (one, two or no bedroom) single-family detached homes. Watertown has a mixture of owner-occupied and renter-occupied housing.
The housing in Watertown was primarily built before 1939 ( 52.13%), making the housing stock in Watertown some of the oldest overall in America, although there is a range of ages of homes in Watertown. The next most important housing age is between 1940-1969 ( 23.14%), followed by between 1970-1999 ( 20.37%). There's also some housing in Watertown built between 2000 and later ( 4.36%).
Vacant housing appears to be an issue in Watertown. Fully 13.45% of the housing stock is classified as vacant. Left unchecked, vacant Watertown homes and apartments can be a drag on the real estate market, holding Watertown real estate prices below levels they could achieve if vacant housing was absorbed into the market and became occupied. Housing vacancy rates are a useful measure to consider, along with other things, if you are a home buyer or a real estate investor.
Some of the lowest real estate appreciation rates in America over the last ten years have been in Watertown, where house values have increased just 25.58%, which is annualized rate of 2.30%. This rate is lower than the appreciation rate found in 90% of the cities and towns in America.
Over the last year, Watertown appreciation rates have trailed the rest of the nation. In the last twelve months, Watertown's appreciation rate has been -5.08%, which is lower than appreciation rates in most communities in America. In the latest quarter, NeighborhoodScout's data show that house appreciation rates in Watertown were at 1.07%, which equates to an annual appreciation rate of 4.33%.
Notably, Watertown's appreciation rate in the latest quarter is one of the lowest in America.
Relative to New York, our data show that Watertown's latest annual appreciation rate is lower than 90% of the other cities and towns in New York.
One very important thing to keep in mind is that these are average appreciation rates for the city. Individual neighborhoods within Watertown differ in their investment potential, sometimes by a great deal. Fortunately, you can use NeighborhoodScout to pinpoint the exact neighborhoods in Watertown - or in any city or town - that have the best track record of real estate appreciation, by the latest quarter, the last year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, or even since 2000, to assist you in making the best Watertown real estate investment or home purchase decisions.
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