Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Trulia: Asking House Prices increased in August, Rent increases slow

by Bill McBride on 9/05/2012 10:00:00 AM

Press Release: Trulia Reports Asking Home Prices up 2.3 Percent, Biggest Year Over Year Increase Since Recession

Trulia today released the latest findings from the Trulia Price Monitor and the Trulia Rent Monitor, the earliest leading indicators available of trends in home prices and rents. 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 August 31, 2012.

Asking prices on for-sale homes–which lead sales prices by approximately two or more months – increased 2.3 percent in August year over year (Y-o-Y) and rose in 68 of the 100 largest metros. Excluding foreclosures, prices rose 3.8 percent Y-o-Y. These are the largest Y-o-Y gains since the recession. Meanwhile, asking prices rose nationally 1.8 percent quarter over quarter (Q-o-Q), seasonally adjusted. Month-over-month (M-o-M) asking prices rose by 0.8 percent, the seventh consecutive month of increases.
Nationally, rents rose 4.7 percent Y-o-Y in August, compared to 5.8 percent Y-o-Y in May – making it the slowest rise since March. At the regional level, rents jumped more than 10 percent Y-o-Y in Houston and Seattle, but slowed in Denver, San Francisco, Miami, Oakland and Boston.
“Asking prices rose 2.3 percent year over year in August, hitting two housing recovery milestones,” said Jed Kolko, Trulia’s Chief Economist. “First, asking prices rose faster than at any time since the recession. Second, asking prices excluding foreclosures are now rising faster than wages, putting an end to many years of affordability gains. In addition, price gains are catching up with slowing rent increases, which will tip some renters in favor of staying put in their rentals rather than buying a home.”
These asking prices are SA (Seasonally Adjusted) - and adjusted for the mix of homes - and this suggests further house price increases over the next few months on a SA basis.

More from Jed Kolko, Trulia Chief Economist: Asking Prices Rise 2.3% Year Over Year: Biggest Increase Since Recession