Appreciation is the increase in value of a certain asset over time. Many types of assets appreciate, including stocks, commodities and real estate. When you purchase a home, you not only provide yourself with a place to live, but gain an asset that has the potential to increase in value over time. Home appreciation can be expressed several ways, such as the total dollar value increase over a certain period or as an average value increase per year over a certain period.
Select the initial value you want to use for the calculation. The initial value might be the price you paid for the home or the price record of a previous sale.
Select the ending value you want to use for the calculation. The ending value might be a recent home sale price or a value estimate given by an appraiser.
Subtract the initial value from the ending value. This is the total dollar appreciation over the period between the initial value and ending value. For instance, if you bought a home 10 years ago for $50,000 and you sold it for $100,000, the total appreciation was $50,000.
Divide the dollar value appreciation calculated in Step 3 by the number of years between the initial value and ending value to calculate the average amount of appreciation per year. In the example, you would divide $50,000 by 10 years, which equals an average appreciation of $5,000 per year.