Home Values Slip After Nearly Four Years of Growth

Slowing home values could bring good news for buyers as rents continue to climb

- U.S. home values rose three percent year-over-year, down from 3.4 percent annual growth in June.

- Denver, Dallas, San Jose, and San Francisco are still experiencing double-digit home value increases.

- Rents continued their rapid appreciation, up 4.2 percent from last July.

Aug 25, 2015, 08:00 ET from Zillow

SEATTLE, Aug. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The housing market is slowing down, with home values seeing the first negative monthly change since the market began its recovery nearly four years ago, according to the Zillow® July Real Estate Market Reportsi.

Nationally, home value appreciation is leveling off after its rapid pace in the early years of the recovery. Homes lost 0.1 percent of their value in July, falling to a Zillow Home Value Indexii of $179,900. Homes appreciated three percent on an annual basis, down from 3.4 percent in June.

Of the 517 metros covered by Zillow, 204 saw a slowdown, including major metros like Washington, DC and Cincinnati, where home values declined month-over-month in July. The slowing appreciation is a sign that the market is returning to normal; economists have expected to see growth flattening out as the recovery continues.

Even hot markets like Denver, Dallas, San Jose and San Francisco, which had double-digit annual home value growth in July, saw their monthly appreciation rates ease from June.

"This slight dip in home values is a sign of the times. Many people didn't think it was happening, but it is: we're going negative," said Zillow Chief Economist Svenja Gudell. "We've been expecting to see a monthly decline as markets return to normal. However, this is not like the bubble bust. We're not going to see 10 percent declines. The market is leveling off, and it's good news, particularly for buyers, because it will ease some of the competitive pressure."

Slowing home values could provide more opportunities for hopeful buyers who have been waiting on the sidelines for the market to cool off. More homes may be coming online as homeowners who have been watching strong home value growth decide to list their houses as appreciation slows and smaller gains are expected. This could help ease the constrained inventory the market has been facing for the past several months.

Meanwhile, rents continue to grow at a rapid pace, up 4.2 percent from last July to a Zillow Rent Indexiii of $1,376. With no sign of rents slowing down and the potential for more homes for sale, conditions may be right for buyers to enter the market.

Metro Name

July 2015 Zillow Home Value Index (ZHVI)

Month-over-Month % Change in ZHVI

Year-over-Year % Change in ZHVI

July 2015 Zillow Rent Index (ZRI)

United States

$                           179,900

-0.1%

3.0%

$                            1,376

New York-Northern New Jersey

$                           384,100

0.1%

1.5%

$                            2,361

Los Angeles, CA

$                           536,400

0.1%

2.6%

$                            2,513

Chicago, IL

$                           190,700

0.4%

2.6%

$                            1,621

Dallas-Fort Worth, TX

$                           166,300

0.9%

13.3%

$                            1,480

Philadelphia, PA

$                           201,400

0.0%

0.1%

$                            1,586

Houston, TX

$                           161,000

0.8%

7.5%

$                            1,533

Washington, DC

$                           356,500

-0.5%

-0.7%

$                            2,109

Miami-Fort Lauderdale, FL

$                           219,200

0.6%

8.9%

$                            1,815

Atlanta, GA

$                           157,600

0.3%

5.8%

$                            1,262

Boston, MA

$                           370,900

-0.1%

2.5%

$                            2,228

San Francisco, CA

$                           756,100

0.6%

11.0%

$                            3,285

Detroit, MI

$                           118,500

0.7%

6.4%

$                            1,122

Riverside, CA

$                           287,800

0.0%

4.6%

$                            1,693

Phoenix, AZ

$                           201,900

-0.2%

4.0%

$                            1,267

Seattle, WA

$                           352,100

0.2%

6.6%

$                            1,892

Minneapolis-St Paul, MN

$                           212,300

-0.1%

2.6%

$                            1,527

San Diego, CA

$                           481,400

0.2%

5.2%

$                            2,344

St. Louis, MO

$                           135,700

0.3%

5.6%

$                            1,132

Tampa, FL

$                           152,700

0.5%

6.4%

$                            1,295

Baltimore, MD

$                           240,800

-0.3%

-0.6%

$                            1,735

Denver, CO

$                           300,300

0.4%

13.9%

$                            1,931

Pittsburgh, PA

$                           124,500

0.0%

1.5%

$                            1,099

Portland, OR

$                           291,900

0.7%

7.9%

$                            1,665

Sacramento, CA

$                           337,700

-0.1%

5.0%

$                            1,680

San Antonio, TX

$                           149,600

0.7%

3.3%

$                            1,329

Orlando, FL

$                           173,900

0.6%

5.2%

$                            1,338

Cincinnati, OH

$                           136,400

-0.5%

1.0%

$                            1,259

Cleveland, OH

$                           123,100

0.4%

2.5%

$                            1,150

Kansas City, MO

$                           142,300

0.6%

3.8%

$                            1,237

Las Vegas, NV

$                           189,700

0.4%

5.9%

$                            1,209

San Jose, CA

$                           891,500

0.7%

11.5%

$                            3,393

Columbus, OH

$                           148,800

0.2%

4.2%

$                            1,266

Charlotte, NC

$                           160,800

0.1%

3.7%

$                            1,250

Indianapolis, IN

$                           132,400

0.4%

3.0%

$                            1,202

Austin, TX

$                           232,900

1.0%

7.9%

$                            1,692

 

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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 The Zillow Home Value Index 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. iii The Zillow Rent Index 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.

 

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