US home values rise for eighth month in a row, latest index shows

Residential property values increase

Residential property values in the United States increased 0.5% in July, the eighth consecutive monthly increase in a row, the latest Home Value Index from Zillow shows.

Home values were up 1.2% year on year and 62% 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%. Other large metro areas with notable monthly increases included San Francisco up 1.2% and Denver up 1%.

Zillow’s latest rent index shows rents are also increasing, up 0.2% month on month and 5.4% year on year. It means that rents have now increased for six out of the last 12 months, with 70% of metros experiencing rent increases from June to July.

Rents have experienced double digit, annual increases in several large metro areas where home values continue to decline, including Chicago up q12.6%, Providence in Rhode Island up 12.1% and Baltimore up 11.9%. Zillow said this is probably 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 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,’ he explained.

The report also shows that foreclosures continued to decline in July, with 5.7 out of every 10,000 homes in the country being foreclosed. That was down from 6.5 out of every 10,000 homes in June.

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