Home values fall, rents rise

By Real Estate Economy Watch  |  Aug. 23, 2012 at 9:25 AM
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Home values in July increased 0.5 percent from June to $151,600, according to the July Zillow Real Estate Market Reports. Home values were up 1.2 percent year-over-year.

Most (62 percent) of the metros covered in the reports saw home values climb during the month, with only 49 of the 167 metro areas experiencing declines. Of the 30 largest metro areas covered, the Phoenix metro area experienced the largest monthly increase, with home values rising 2.2 percent.

Other large metro areas with notable monthly increases include the San Francisco metro (1.2 percent) and the Denver metro (1 percent).

Rents also continued to rise, climbing 0.2 percent month-over-month and 5.4 percent year-over-year to a Zillow Rent Index of $1,278. Nationally, rents have increased in 6 out of the past 12 months, with most metros (70 percent) experiencing rent increases from June to July.

In several large metro areas where home values continue to decline ents have experienced double-digit, annual increases, including Chicago (12.6 percent), Providence, R.I. (12.1 percent) and Baltimore (11.9 percent).

This is likely due to both continued high foreclosure levels in these markets, which increases rental demand, as well as consumer reluctance to buy when home values continue to fall.

“This summer, the housing market continued to heal, as home values experienced their eighth consecutive month of increases,” said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Stan Humphries.

“Tight inventory levels are leading to bidding wars and multiple offers across the country. Looking ahead, we expect to see less aggressive increases in the fall as rising values lift some would-be sellers out of negative equity, allowing them to place their homes on the market.”

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