Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Trulia: Asking House Prices increased in July

by Bill McBride on 8/07/2012 11:38:00 AM

Press Release: Trulia Reveals Asking Prices Up for Sixth Straight Month

Trulia today released the latest findings from the Trulia Price Monitor and the Trulia Rent Monitor ... Based on the for-sale homes and rentals listed on Trulia, these monitors take into account changes in the mix of listed homes and reflect trends in prices and rents for similar homes in similar neighborhoods through July 31, 2012.

Asking prices on for-sale homes–which lead sales prices by approximately two or more months – increased 0.5 percent in July month over month (M-o-M), seasonally adjusted, for a sixth straight monthly gain. Meanwhile, asking prices rose nationally 1.2 percent quarter over quarter (Q-o-Q), seasonally adjusted. Year-over-year (Y-o-Y) asking prices rose by 1.1 percent; excluding foreclosures, asking prices rose Y-o-Y by 2.7 percent. For the first time, a majority (62 out of 100) of large metros had Y-o-Y price increases.
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Rents increased Y-o-Y in 24 of the 25 largest rental markets, with rent increases topping 10 percent in San Francisco, Miami, Oakland, Denver, Seattle and Boston. Three months ago, only two large rental markets – San Francisco and Miami – had Y-o-Y rent increases of 10 percent or more. Rents are rising faster than asking prices in 21 of the 25 largest rental markets Y-o-Y.
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Asking prices were up once again month over month in July, by 0.5%. Asking prices have moved up six straight months since February (the May number was revised slightly upward). This means that the sales price gains starting to be reported by Case-Shiller and other indexes should continue throughout the year.
Note: In a few months, Case-Shiller, CoreLogic and others will probably report a month-over-month decline in house prices, Not Seasonally Adjusted (NSA). That is the normal seasonal pattern and doesn't mean prices are turning down. These asking prices are SA (Seasonally Adjusted) and suggest further house price increases through August and September on a SA basis. The key later this year will be to look at the SA indexes and the year-over-year change in prices.