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Home Values Grow at Fastest Pace in Two Years

The median home value in the U.S. is now $189,400, up 5.5 percent since last September, according to Zillow's September Real Estate Market Report

- Home values rose 5.5 percent over the past year to a Zillow Home Value Index (ZHVI) of $189,400 in September.

- Rents rose 1.5 percent over the past year to a Zillow Rent Index (ZRI) of $1,403.

- There are 6 percent fewer homes for sale than a year ago.

- Indianapolis and Boston reported the greatest drop in the number of homes for sale, down 26 and 25 percent over the past year, respectively.

Oct 20, 2016

SEATTLE, Oct. 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. home values are up 5.5 percent over the past year according to the September Zillow® Real Estate Market Reportsi. This is the fastest pace of appreciation in more than two years. The median value of a U.S. home is now $189,400.  

Portland, Dallas and Seattle reported the highest year-over-year home value appreciation among the 35 largest metros across the country. In Portland, home values rose almost 15 percent to a median value of $342,100. Home values in Dallas and Seattle appreciated 12 and 11 percent, respectively. For the first time, the median home value in the Seattle surpassed $400,000 and is now at $401,100.

Inventory has been falling steadily, with about 4 to 6 percent fewer homes for sale over the past several months. However, the bigger driver of home prices is increased demand. Sales have increased substantially since 2011, despite fewer homes on the marketii.

Bidding wars are commonplace in many housing markets across the country, as multiple buyers compete for the same home. According to the Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report, only 46 percent of buyers get the first home on which they make an offer, and the home search takes an average of 4.2 months.

"Increasingly strong demand has been contributing to dwindling inventory stocks across the nation," said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell. "Healthy demand for for-sale homes amidst low inventory has been driving the market, which is another sign that the housing market is recovering nicely. Buyers in the nation's fastest moving markets can expect the search process to last a few months, as market conditions are often extremely competitive with homes selling for above asking price and receiving multiple offers. It's definitely a seller's market right now, with some homes being more expensive than ever."

Rents are rising across the nation, but have slowed considerably over the past year. In September 2015, median rents were up 5.3 percent year-over-year but have since slowed to 1.5 percent annual appreciation. The median rent in the U.S. is now $1,403.

Seattle, Portland and Sacramento reported the highest year-over-year rent appreciation among the 35 largest U.S. housing markets. Rents in Seattle are up just over 9 percent and in Portland, rents are up 7 percent. For the fourth month in a row, Seattle has the fastest year-over-year rent appreciation among the 35 largest U.S. housing markets.

Nationally, there are 6 percent fewer homes for sale than a year ago, with Indianapolis and Boston reporting the greatest drop in inventory. In Indianapolis there are 26 percent fewer homes to choose from than a year ago, and 25 percent fewer in Boston.

Metropolitan
Area

Zillow Home Value
Indexiii (ZHVI)

Year-over-
Year ZHVI
Change

Zillow Rent
Indexiv (ZRI)

Year-over-
Year ZRI
Change

Year-over-
Year
Inventory
Change

United States

$                 189,400

5.5%

$          1,403

1.5%

-5.9%

New York, NY

$                 390,500

3.3%

$          2,389

1.7%

-9.9%

Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA

$                 578,200

5.4%

$          2,598

4.8%

-4.4%

Chicago, IL

$                 202,200

4.7%

$          1,639

-0.4%

-10.9%

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

$                 196,200

11.9%

$          1,545

3.6%

-21.7%

Philadelphia, PA

$                 211,500

3.5%

$          1,575

1.0%

-12.6%

Houston, TX

$                 174,800

7.0%

$          1,571

-0.1%

3.3%

Washington, DC

$                 371,700

2.5%

$          2,120

0.4%

-17.0%

Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL

$                 240,600

8.6%

$          1,883

3.8%

13.6%

Atlanta, GA

$                 169,600

7.5%

$          1,319

3.6%

-9.8%

Boston, MA

$                 400,600

5.6%

$          2,308

3.4%

-25.3%

San Francisco, CA

$                 812,600

5.7%

$          3,399

3.5%

0.5%

Detroit, MI

$                 130,500

7.1%

$          1,169

2.8%

-18.0%

Riverside, CA

$                 315,200

7.0%

$          1,734

3.0%

-4.4%

Phoenix, AZ

$                 224,500

7.2%

$          1,296

3.7%

5.6%

Seattle, WA

$                 401,100

11.4%

$          2,078

9.3%

-2.8%

Minneapolis-St Paul, MN

$                 230,200

5.9%

$          1,539

2.2%

-7.5%

San Diego, CA

$                 518,800

5.1%

$          2,429

4.9%

12.7%

St. Louis, MO

$                 145,600

6.1%

$          1,121

-0.3%

-13.4%

Tampa, FL

$                 172,000

9.8%

$          1,331

3.0%

-9.6%

Baltimore, MD

$                 253,200

2.5%

$          1,728

0.4%

-12.3%

Denver, CO

$                 344,000

10.4%

$          2,008

3.3%

5.0%

Pittsburgh, PA

$                 132,000

4.8%

$          1,091

-1.4%

3.8%

Portland, OR

$                 342,100

14.6%

$          1,784

7.0%

-9.5%

Charlotte, NC

$                 165,400

7.3%

$          1,237

1.5%

-12.7%

Sacramento, CA

$                 347,800

7.3%

$          1,690

5.8%

-6.2%

San Antonio, TX

$                 154,400

6.3%

$          1,318

0.8%

23.5%

Orlando, FL

$                 190,800

8.3%

$          1,375

2.8%

-11.6%

Cincinnati, OH

$                 146,700

5.2%

$          1,236

0.3%

-14.7%

Cleveland, OH

$                 129,700

3.8%

$          1,145

1.3%

-10.8%

Kansas City, MO

$                 151,200

5.2%

$          1,232

2.5%

-22.5%

Las Vegas, NV

$                 209,800

8.8%

$          1,237

1.8%

30.5%

Columbus, OH

$                 157,700

2.8%

$          1,291

1.5%

-18.0%

Indianapolis, IN

$                 132,100

0.1%

$          1,193

0.2%

-25.6%

San Jose, CA

$                 943,800

4.7%

$          3,508

3.4%

4.7%

Austin, TX

$                 256,900

8.5%

$          1,451

3.9%

14.9%

 

Zillow 
Zillow® is the leading real estate and rental marketplace dedicated to empowering consumers with data, inspiration and knowledge around the place they call home, and connecting them with the best local professionals who can help. In addition, Zillow operates an industry-leading economics and analytics bureau led by Zillow's Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell. Dr. Gudell and her team of economists and data analysts produce extensive housing data and research covering more than 450 markets at Zillow Real Estate Research. Zillow also sponsors the quarterly Zillow Home Price Expectations Survey, which asks more than 100 leading economists, real estate experts and investment and market strategists to predict the path of the Zillow Home Value Index over the next five years. Zillow also sponsors the bi-annual Zillow Housing Confidence Index (ZHCI) which measures consumer confidence in local housing markets, both currently and over time. Launched in 2006, Zillow is owned and operated by Zillow Group (NASDAQ:Z and ZG), and headquartered in Seattle.

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i The Zillow Real Estate Market Reports are a monthly overview of the national and local real estate markets. The reports are compiled by Zillow Real Estate Research. For more information, visit www.zillow.com/research/. The data in Zillow's Real Estate Market Reports are aggregated from public sources by a number of data providers for 928 metropolitan and micropolitan areas dating back to 1996. Mortgage and home loan data are typically recorded in each county and publicly available through a county recorder's office. All current monthly data at the national, state, metro, city, ZIP code and neighborhood level can be accessed at www.zillow.com/local-info/ and www.zillow.com/research/data.

ii Preliminary Zillow research shows the number of homes listed each month has remained roughly constant over the past few years but the number of existing home sales each month has steadily increased. Since January 2015 the number of existing home sales has risen year-over-year in all but one month to the point where buyers are now outnumbering sellers. Read more here.

iii The Zillow Home Value Index (ZHVI) is the median estimated home value for a given geographic area on a given day and includes the value of all single-family residences, condominiums and cooperatives, regardless of whether they sold within a given period. It is expressed in dollars, and seasonally adjusted.

iv The Zillow Rent Index (ZRI) is the median Rent Zestimate® (estimated monthly rental price) for a given geographic area on a given day, and includes the value of all single-family residences, condominiums, cooperatives and apartments in Zillow's database, regardless of whether they are currently listed for rent. It is expressed in dollars.

 

SOURCE Zillow

For further information: Jordyn Lee, Zillow, press@zillow.com


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