Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Trulia: Asking House Prices up 7.5% year-over-year in January

by Bill McBride on 2/10/2015 11:58:00 AM

From Trulia chief economist Jed Kolko: For Home Prices, The Rebound Effect Is Over. Long Live Job Growth

Nationwide, asking prices on for-sale homes climbed 0.5% month-over-month in January, seasonally adjusted — the smallest monthly gain since August. Year-over-year, asking prices rose 7.5%, down from the 9.3% year-over-year increase in January 2014. Asking prices increased year-over-year in 94 of the 100 largest U.S. metros.

The biggest home price increases are not necessarily in markets that had more severe housing busts. But the metros where home prices are now rising fastest are, almost without exception, the ones with faster job growth. Why? A growing economy fuels housing demand. Among the 10 metros with the biggest year-over-year price increases, nine had at least 2% year-over-year job growth. ...

Nationwide, rents rose 6.5% year-over-year in January. The three large rental markets with the steepest rent increases – Denver, Oakland, and San Francisco – all have had job growth of 2% or more. In general, metros with faster job growth have larger rent increases, though some Sunbelt markets like Riverside-San Bernardino, Houston, and San Diego have had impressive job growth with more limited rent increases.
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Note: These asking prices are SA (Seasonally Adjusted) - and adjusted for the mix of homes - and although year-over-year price increases had been slowing, the year-over-year change increased in January compared to December.

The month-to-month increase suggests further house price increases over the next few months on a seasonally adjusted basis.

There is much more in the article.