Trulia Names Las Vegas and Seattle as 2012’s Top Turnaround Housing Markets

  Trulia Names Las Vegas and Seattle as 2012’s Top Turnaround Housing Markets

Home Price Recovery Accelerated In 2012 With Asking Prices Rising 5.1 Percent
             Nationally Year-Over-Year While Rents Up 5.2 Percent

Business Wire

SAN FRANCISCO -- January 3, 2013

Truliatoday released the latest findings from theTrulia Price Monitorand
theTrulia Rent Monitor,the earliest leading indicators available of trends
inhome 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 December 31, 2012.

Asking Home Price Gains Accelerating, Rising 5.1 Percent in 2012

In December 2012, asking prices increased 5.1 percent nationally
year-over-year (Y-o-Y), marking a huge turnaround from being down 4.3 percent
in December 2011. Moreover, not only are prices rising, these gains have
accelerated in the last year. Quarter-over-quarter price changes were 0.8
percent in Q1 (March 2012), 0.4 percent in Q2 (June 2012), 1.4 percent in Q3
(September 2012), and 2.3 percent in Q4 (December 2012), seasonally adjusted.


December 2012 Trulia Price Monitor Summary
                                        # of 100 largest    % change in asking
                      % change in    metros with        prices, excluding
                        asking prices   asking-             foreclosures
                                        price increases
Month-over-month,      0.7%           Not reported       0.8%
seasonally adjusted
Quarter-over-quarter,  2.3%           74                 2.1%
seasonally adjusted
Year-over-year         5.1%           82                 5.5%
                                                        

2012’s Biggest Turnaround Housing Markets: Las Vegas and Seattle

Asking home prices increased the most in Phoenix, which rose 26.0 percent
Y-o-Y in December 2012; however, Las Vegas and Seattle experienced the year’s
most dramatic price turnarounds. Both had price gains of more than 10 percent
in 2012 after declines of more than 10 percent in 2011. Overall, 2012 marked a
huge turnaround year for most local housing markets. In fact, prices rose in
82 of the 100 largest metros at the end of December, compared with just 12 out
of 100 in 2011.


2012’s Top Turnaround Housing Markets for Asking Price Recovery
                                 Y-o-Y %          Y-o-Y %        Difference
                                 change in        change in      between Dec
#          U.S. Metro          asking          asking        2012 and Dec
                                 prices,          prices,        2011 changes
                                 Dec 2012         Dec 2011
1          Las Vegas, NV       16.3%           -11.2%        27.5%
2          Seattle, WA         10.2%           -13.8%        24.0%
3          Phoenix, AZ         26.0%           4.2%          21.8%
4          Oakland, CA         12.7%           -8.4%         21.0%
5          San Jose, CA        16.1%           -4.7%         20.8%
NOTE: Among 100 largest U.S. metros. Third column of figures equals the first
column minus the second column.


Rents Up 5.2 Percent, But Prices Rising Faster in Phoenix and Las Vegas

Nationally, rents rose 5.2 percent Y-o-Y. Throughout 2012, rent increases
Y-o-Y remained around 5 percent, even though asking price increases
accelerated and have almost caught up with rent gains at the end of the year.
Locally, rents rose most in Houston, Oakland, and Miami. Rent increases
surpassed price increases by a wide margin in Houston, Chicago, Philadelphia,
and Baltimore. In contrast, prices grew much faster than rents in Phoenix, Las
Vegas, Riverside-San Bernardino, and Sacramento. Overall, prices rose faster
than rents in 17 of the 25 largest rental markets in 2012.


Where Rents Rose Most in 2012
                        % Change in Rents,   % Change in Asking
#   U.S. Metro        Y-o-Y, Dec 2012     Home Prices,
                                             Y-o-Y, Dec 2012
1   Houston, TX       16.2%               3.1%
2   Oakland, CA       12.6%               12.7%
3   Miami, FL         10.3%               8.9%
4   Denver, CO        8.1%                12.7%
5   Seattle, WA       8.0%                10.2%
6   New York, NY-NJ   6.9%                3.5%
7   Philadelphia, PA  6.5%                -0.8%
8   Chicago, IL       6.5%                -1.1%
9   Boston, MA        6.4%                4.0%
10  Portland, OR-WA   6.1%                8.6%
NOTE: Among largest 25 rental markets.


PRE-APPROVED QUOTES

  *“What a difference a year makes. In 2012, prices rose in 82 of the 100
    largest metros, compared with just 12 metros seeing price increases in
    2011,” said Jed Kolko, Trulia’s Chief Economist. “The 2012 price
    turnaround was strongest in the West and Southwest, where steady job
    growth and vanishing inventories lifted home prices by more than 10
    percent in many markets.”
  *“The housing market enters 2013 with a running start,” said Jed Kolko,
    Trulia’s Chief Economist. “Price gains picked up steam in 2012, starting
    with modest increases early in the year and accelerating in the third and
    fourth quarter. In 2013, rising prices will encourage more new
    construction and some homeowners to sell, which will help alleviate the
    current inventory shortage.”

MULTIMEDIA

  *To read the full report, seehere.
  *To download the full list of price and rent changes for the largest metro
    areas, seehere.
  *To download a graph of price changes from December 2010 to December 2012,
    seehere.

METHODOLOGY

To view the full methodology and 2013 release schedule, seehere. The next
release of the Trulia Price Monitor and the Trulia Rent Monitor will be
Tuesday, February 5, at 10 AM ET.

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