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Counties with the most expensive homes in every state

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    Counties with the most expensive homes in every state

    Buying a home is an investment and an increasingly expensive one. A robust real estate market with high prices developed after the 2008 recession, but rising interest rates could slow the market down—great for anyone saving for their dream home. The market is only one factor in the price homebuyers will pay, though; there is also the house itself to consider. Buyers and sellers might think the most expensive homes have the newest appliances and a fresh coat of paint, but even so, most homes lose value as they age. In contrast, land value increases over the years, and that value depends on where the house is located. More desirable neighborhoods allow sellers to charge more; the mantra “location, location, location” has never been more relevant.

    Stacker used data from the National Association of Realtors (NAR) to find the counties with the most expensive homes in every state (or county equivalent for Alaska, Louisiana, and Virginia, and in areas where people are willing to pay the most for a home. NAR based their estimates on price and population data from the American Community Survey and on FHFA House Price Index and interest rate data from the Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey. The mortgage payments considered assume a 30-year fixed rate fully amortizing—meaning the mortgage is paid off on time—mortgage with payments only on the principal amount and interest. It is also likely that fees and taxes will lead to higher actual payments.

    Do you live in the area with the most expensive real estate market in your state? Read on to find out.

    ALSO: The richest town in every state

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    Alabama: Shelby County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $213,550
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $863
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $940
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $1,032

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    Alaska: Sitka City and Borough

    Median home price Q2 2017: $375,056
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $1,516
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $1,651
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $1,812

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    Arizona: Maricopa County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $265,696
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $1,074
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $1,169
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $1,284

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    Arkansas: Benton County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $187,490
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $758
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $825
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $906

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    California: San Francisco County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $1,087,599
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $4,395
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $4,787
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $5,255

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    Colorado: Pitkin County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $748,919
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $3,027
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $3,296
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $3,618

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    Connecticut: Fairfield County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $429,548
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $1,736
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $1,891
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $2,075

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    Delaware: New Castle County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $276,771
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $1,119
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $1,218
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $1,337

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    Florida: Monroe County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $85,728
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $346
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $377
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $414

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    Georgia: Forsyth County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $346,839
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $1,402
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $1,527
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $1,676

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    Hawaii: Honolulu County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $705,856
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $2,853
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $3,107
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $3,410

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    Idaho: Blaine County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $456,220
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $1,844
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $2,008
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $2,204

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    Illinois: DuPage County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $316,749
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $1,280
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $1,394
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $1,530

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    Indiana: Hamilton County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $84,489
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $341
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $372
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $408

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    Iowa: Dallas County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $86,044
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $348
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $379
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $416

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    Kansas: Johnson County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $94,941
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $384
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $418
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $459

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    Kentucky: Oldham County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $289,783
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $1,171
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $1,275
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $1,400

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    Louisiana: Orleans Parish

    Median home price Q2 2017: $234,627
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $948
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $1,033
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $1,134

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    Maine: Cumberland County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $98,213
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $397
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $432
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $475

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    Maryland: Montgomery County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $122,817
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $496
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $541
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $593

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    Massachusetts: Nantucket County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $977,237
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $3,949
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $4,301
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $4,721

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    Michigan: Leelanau County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $281,979
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $1,140
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $1,241
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $1,362

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    Minnesota: Carver County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $329,383
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $1,331
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $1,449
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $1,591

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    Mississippi: Madison County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $188,200
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $761
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $828
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $909

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    Missouri: Platte County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $222,358
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $899
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $979
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $1,074

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    Montana: Gallatin County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $69,086
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $279
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $304
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $334

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    Nebraska: Washington County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $90,479
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $366
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $399
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $438

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    Nevada: Douglas County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $489,692
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $1,979
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $2,155
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $2,366

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    New Hampshire: Rockingham County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $329,449
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $1,331
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $1,449
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $1,591

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    New Jersey: Bergen County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $484,775
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $1,959
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $2,134
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $2,342

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    New Mexico: Santa Fe County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $312,757
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $1,264
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $1,376
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $1,511

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    New York: New York County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $932,366
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $3,768
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $4,103
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $4,505

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    North Carolina: Orange County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $714,659
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $2,888
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $3,145
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $3,453

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    North Dakota: Burleigh County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $251,682
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $1,017
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $1,108
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $1,217

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    Ohio: Delaware County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $98,557
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $398
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $433
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $475

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    Oklahoma: McClain County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $174,667
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $706
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $769
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $844

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    Oregon: Clackamas County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $413,249
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $1,670
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $1,819
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $1,997

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    Pennsylvania: Chester County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $367,373
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $1,485
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $1,617
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $1,775

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    Rhode Island: Newport County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $404,994
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $1,637
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $1,782
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $1,957

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    South Carolina: Charleston County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $330,409
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $1,335
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $1,454
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $1,596

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    South Dakota: Custer County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $265,928
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $1,075
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $1,170
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $1,285

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    Tennessee: Williamson County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $99,760
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $403
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $439
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $482

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    Texas: Kendall County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $227,174
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $918
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $1,000
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $1,098

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    Utah: Summit County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $577,706
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $2,335
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $2,543
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $2,791

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    Vermont: Chittenden County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $297,508
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $1,202
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $1,309
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $1,437

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    Virginia: Falls Church city

    Median home price Q2 2017: $850,801
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $3,438
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $3,745
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $4,111

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    Washington: San Juan County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $269,307
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $1,088
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $1,185
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $1,301

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    West Virginia: Jefferson County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $167,766
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $678
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $738
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $811

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    Wisconsin: Waukesha County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $285,462
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $1,154
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $1,256
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $1,379

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    Wyoming: Teton County

    Median home price Q2 2017: $271,322
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 3.5%): $1,097
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 4.2%): $1,194
    Monthly payment (interest rate = 5%): $1,311

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