People constantly overestimate the value by which their homes have increased over the years. Since 1930, the two periods that have seen the greatest increase in real estate values were the post-World War II housing boom and the housing bubble that preceded the 2007-2009 recession.

A team from 24/7 Wall St. lists the median home value for every since 1930 using historical housing data from Robert J. Shiller and data from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2014 American Community Survey (ACS). They also looked at factors that may have driven fluctuations over the years:

There is little consensus among economists as to what drives home price fluctuations over time. Factors such as construction costs and mortgage interest rates are often considered major drivers. However, the relationship between these factors and home value is far from clear. Home prices may not change primarily on the basis of these forces, according to Shiller.

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