SEATTLE, WA - Home values in the United States have reached a bottom. The Zillow Home Value Index rose on an annual basis for the first time since 2007, increasing 0.2 percent year-over-year to $149,300, according to Zillow's second quarter Real Estate Market Reports. Values have risen for four consecutive months.
Nearly one-third of metros, or 53 of the 167 covered by the Real Estate Market Reports, posted annual increases in home values. The largest increase came in Phoenix, where home values are up 12.1 percent from the second quarter of 2011 to the second quarter of 2012.
Looking ahead, two in five, or 67 of the 156 markets covered by the Zillow Home Value Forecast, are expected to see increases in home values over the next year, with the largest increases expected in the Phoenix metro (9.9 percent) and the Miami metro (6.1 percent). U.S. home values are expected to rise 1.1 percent.
"After four months with rising home values and increasingly positive forecast data, it seems clear that the country has hit a bottom in home values," said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Stan Humphries. "The housing recovery is holding together despite lower-than-expected job growth, indicating that it has some organic strength of its own.
"Of course, there is still some risk as we look down the foreclosure pipeline and see foreclosure starts picking up. This will translate into more homes on the market by the end of the year, but we think demand will rise to absorb that, particularly in markets where there are acute inventory shortages now. Looking forward, we expect home values to remain relatively flat as the market works through a backlog of foreclosures and high rates of negative equity."
Foreclosures continued to fall, with 5.8 out of every 10,000 homes lost to foreclosure in June. Foreclosures have been declining since January, when 7.9 out of every 10,000 homes were lost to foreclosure. This number is expected to increase in the future, as foreclosure starts have increased since the completion of the National Foreclosure Settlement.
Foreclosure re-sales also fell, making up 15.6 percent of all sales in June. Foreclosure re-sales have been falling since February, when they made up 18.8 percent of all sales.
The full national report, in its interactive format, will be available at www.zillow.com/local-info on Tuesday, July 24. Additionally, in most areas data is available at the state, metro, county, city, ZIP code and neighborhood level.
Further analysis from Dr. Stan Humphries can be found on Zillow Real Estate Research.
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