Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Trulia: Asking House Prices increased in January

by Bill McBride on 2/05/2013 11:55:00 AM

Press Release: Asking Prices Up 5.9 Percent Nationally Year-Over-Year, Rents Rose 4.1 Percent

Indicating the strength of the home price recovery, asking prices rose 0.3 percent quarter-over-quarter (Q-o-Q) in January without seasonal adjustment—despite the fact that prices typically fall during the wintertime. Seasonally adjusted, prices rose 2.2 percent Q-o-Q. Moreover, prices rose 0.9 percent month-over-month (M-o-M), the highest monthly gain since the price recovery began. Year-over-year (Y-o-Y), prices rose 5.9 percent; excluding foreclosures, prices rose 6.5 percent.

With more newly-constructed multi-unit buildings coming to completion, rent gains fell behind asking price increases at the national level for the first time since the price recovery began last spring. In January, rents rose 4.1 percent Y-o-Y nationally, slowing down from 4.7 percent in July 2012. Regionally, rent gains cooled the most in San Francisco, where rents rose 2.4 percent versus 11.5 percent in July 2012.

“Rent gains are slowing down because of more supply, not less demand,” explains Jed Kolko, Trulia’s Chief Economist. “Many of the multi-unit buildings that have been under construction over the past two years are now coming onto the market. Renters in San Francisco, Seattle, and Denver are starting to get a touch of relief, even though rising prices might put homeownership out of their reach.”
More from Jed Kolko, Trulia Chief Economist: Asking Home Prices Set New Records While Rents Ease as Supply Expands

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 seasonally adjusted basis.

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