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Housing Inventory Grows for Third Straight Month

Growing inventory is a good signal for buyers, but meaningful change to market trends is yet to come

- Inventory increased 0.4 percent from this time last year, the third consecutive month of growing inventory.

- The median U.S. home value is $222,800, 7.7 percent higher than it was a year ago.

- The median rent is $1,449, up 0.5 percent year-over-year after slight declines in September and October.

Dec 20, 2018

SEATTLE, Dec. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- After nearly four years of annual declines in inventory, the number of homes for sale has now increased year-over-year for three straight months, according to the November Zillow® Real Estate Market Reporti.

That's a bit of good news for home shoppers who face less competition as homes stay on the market for longer. But inventory levels are still well below where they were five years ago, and small increases have yet to meaningfully reverse those deficits. A year ago, inventory fell 9.1 percent on an annual basis.

Some of the markets that previously were among the hottest in the country are seeing the biggest increases in available homes, but these are also the places where restricted inventory created more competition for potential buyers.

Meanwhile, the number of homes available to buyers in Kansas City, Las Vegas, and Washington, D.C., fell at a double-digit pace in November, a sign that the inventory recovery has not reached every market.

"After years of intense inventory shortages and cutthroat competition, any gains in inventory should be embraced by home buyers. Unfortunately, the small recent gains are not nearly enough to fully erase the existing deficit, nor are they evenly distributed – there are roughly twice as many homes available for sale in the higher reaches of the market than there are at the lower, more competitive end," said Zillow Senior Economist Aaron Terrazas. "Rather than calling this a true inventory recovery, it's probably more accurate to say that inventory levels are no longer in a free fall and are currently bumping along the bottom. And unfortunately, it's looking increasingly unlikely that we'll see a meaningful upward surge in inventory any time soon. Building activity has been sluggish at best. And potential sellers may now be thinking twice about listing their home for sale in a rapidly rising interest rate environment, when a similar home to the one they're already in – let alone a larger or more expensive one – is likely to cost them more per month. This is a step in the right direction, but there's a long march to go."

The typical U.S. home is worth $222,800, up 7.7 percent year-over-year. Las Vegas and Atlanta home values grew the most since last November, with the median home value in each metro increasing by more than 13 percent. But while Atlanta surpassed its bubble peak value in mid-2017, the Las Vegas market is still 12.5 percent below the highest point it reached during the housing bubble.

Rents saw a slight increase in November after three months of flat or even declining costs. The median U.S. rent is $1,449, up 0.5 percent from a year earlier. Annual rent appreciation slowed since early 2018, even seeing slight declines in the fall.

Orlando and Riverside, Calif., saw the biggest increases in rents, up 4.4 percent and 3.9 percent, respectively. Rents in Portland, Oregon, Seattle and New York declined the most. Portland rents have now declined for five consecutive months, after growing 4.6 percent annually a year ago.

Mortgage rates on Zillow ended the month at 4.57 percent, just above the monthly low of 4.56 percentii. Rates peaked at 4.75 percent at the beginning of the monthiii, their highest level since 2011. Zillow's real-time mortgage rates are based on thousands of custom mortgage quotes submitted daily to anonymous borrowers on the Zillow Mortgages site and reflect the most recent changes in the market.

Metropolitan Area

Zillow
Home Value
Index,
November
2018

ZHVI
Year-
over-
Year
Change

Zillow Rent
Index,
November
2018

ZRI
Year-
over-
Year
Change

Inventory
Year-
over-
Year
Change

United States

$ 222,800

7.7%

$ 1,449

0.5%

0.4%

New York, NY

$ 435,700

5.2%

$ 2,392

-1.4%

5.9%

Los Angeles-Long Beach-
Anaheim, CA

$ 650,400

4.5%

$ 2,777

1.5%

28.8%

Chicago, IL

$ 223,600

4.8%

$ 1,654

-0.5%

3.0%

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

$ 237,800

11.2%

$ 1,611

0.4%

11.9%

Philadelphia, PA

$ 231,100

4.2%

$ 1,581

-0.6%

-9.8%

Houston, TX

$ 203,200

6.6%

$ 1,561

0.8%

2.9%

Washington, DC

$ 403,000

3.6%

$ 2,145

-0.3%

-12.7%

Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL

$ 281,700

8.1%

$ 1,874

1.0%

5.7%

Atlanta, GA

$ 215,000

13.3%

$ 1,411

1.5%

-3.3%

Boston, MA

$ 462,000

6.0%

$ 2,377

-0.8%

12.8%

San Francisco, CA

$ 963,000

8.0%

$ 3,417

0.0%

33.4%

Detroit, MI

$ 158,400

8.6%

$ 1,207

0.7%

7.2%

Riverside, CA

$ 363,900

5.9%

$ 1,925

3.9%

17.2%

Phoenix, AZ

$ 262,000

7.6%

$ 1,383

2.2%

-7.4%

Seattle, WA

$ 486,400

5.6%

$ 2,192

-1.4%

33.5%

Minneapolis-St Paul, MN

$ 265,200

6.5%

$ 1,659

1.6%

-1.5%

San Diego, CA

$ 592,800

5.4%

$ 2,573

1.1%

34.9%

St. Louis, MO

$ 165,600

6.2%

$ 1,144

-0.4%

-4.8%

Tampa, FL

$ 211,500

10.0%

$ 1,402

2.9%

4.4%

Baltimore, MD

$ 267,400

4.5%

$ 1,744

0.1%

-9.0%

Denver, CO

$ 403,800

6.4%

$ 2,075

1.3%

19.3%

Pittsburgh, PA

$ 143,400

6.8%

$ 1,092

2.2%

-12.4%

Portland, OR

$ 393,700

4.8%

$ 1,846

-2.4%

15.5%

Charlotte, NC

$ 203,900

11.5%

$ 1,308

1.1%

-0.5%

Sacramento, CA

$ 403,400

4.5%

$ 1,864

1.5%

18.7%

San Antonio, TX

$ 190,500

6.7%

$ 1,340

-0.4%

6.8%

Orlando, FL

$ 233,700

9.7%

$ 1,472

4.4%

1.3%

Cincinnati, OH

$ 165,900

7.2%

$ 1,288

0.6%

0.6%

Cleveland, OH

$ 144,400

6.6%

$ 1,147

-0.4%

N/A

Kansas City, MO

$ 189,100

9.7%

$ 1,276

0.0%

-14.9%

Las Vegas, NV

$ 277,300

13.9%

N/A

N/A

-13.7%

Columbus, OH

$ 187,400

8.0%

$ 1,343

1.2%

1.9%

Indianapolis, IN

$ 161,600

12.7%

$ 1,209

-0.6%

N/A

San Jose, CA

$ 1,251,200

11.2%

$ 3,521

-0.1%

70.7%

Austin, TX

$ 304,200

6.5%

$ 1,689

-0.3%

3.0%

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 great real estate professionals. In addition, Zillow operates an industry-leading economics and analytics bureau led by Zillow Group'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. Launched in 2006, Zillow is owned and operated by Zillow Group, Inc. (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/research/data.
ii November 29, 2018
iii November 5, 2018

 

SOURCE Zillow, Inc.

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