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Many U.S. Cities Becoming Sellers' Real Estate Markets, According to ZipRealty

Many U.S. Cities Becoming Sellers' Real Estate Markets, According to ZipRealty

Western metros are the strongest as the gap between the list price and close
price narrows nationwide

PR Newswire

EMERYVILLE, Calif., Feb. 14, 2013

EMERYVILLE, Calif., Feb. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ZipRealty, Inc.
( (NASDAQ: ZIPR), the leading online
technology-enabled residential real estate brokerage company, has released a
list of the Top 10 Best Cities for Home Sellers as part of its List Price to
Close Price Ratio Report, which is based on MLS data covering 32 U.S. markets.
The exclusive study found that the gap between the listing price and closing
price of an average home in the United States continues to narrow, with a
growing number of sellers able to achieve more than 98% of their home's
listing price. In addition, the median days a home spent on the market dropped
to 44 nationwide in 2012, a 23% decline from 2011's 57 days.


"A limited inventory of homes on the market, combined with the extremely low
cost of mortgage financing, has resulted in homes selling above asking price
in many western markets, boosting the average listing to closing price ratio,"
explains Lanny Baker, Chief Executive Officer and President of ZipRealty. "The
median amount of time that homes are listed on the market before they sell has
shortened by more than two weeks since last year, and in some areas we are
seeing one-in-five newly listed homes sell in less than seven days.
Multiple-bid situations are also increasingly common in the markets we

In January 2011, the list to close price ratio in the U.S. reached 97.1%, and
increased 40 basis points to 97.5% in 2012. The ratio hit 98.3% nationwide as
of December 2012, according to ZipRealty data.

The Top 10 Best Cities for Home Sellers based on ZipRealty's List Price to
Close Price Ratio  Report are: San Francisco, San Diego, Sacramento, Las
Vegas, Los Angeles, Orange County, Denver, Tucson, Portland and Seattle.

ZipRealty's List Price to Close Price Ratio Report also analyzes the median
days on market, which continues to decline in many of the metropolitan areas
served by the company. Real estate in western MSAs spent the fewest days on
the market annually, with Silicon Valley homes showing the steepest decline.
The median time a home in the Silicon Valley spent on the market was 32 days
in 2011, compared to 17 days last year.

Phoenix homes spent 43 days on the market in 2011, versus 25 days in 2012, a
42% decrease. Median days on market in Denver declined similarly from 37 days
in 2011 to 22 days in 2012, or by 41%. Homes in Sacramento, San Francisco,
Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Portland, Washington, D.C., and Orlando rounded out
the list of metros with the greatest decreases in days on market.

About ZipRealty, Inc.
ZipRealty is a leading national real estate brokerage and provider of
proprietary technology and comprehensive online marketing tools for the
residential real estate brokerage industry. For home buyers and sellers who
increasingly want control, choice and a seamless, customized service,
ZipRealty offers Internet-enabled, state-of-the-art technology and complete
access to accurate, timely information via their website and mobile
applications, which real estate professionals can combine with their own local
knowledge and personal expertise to offer an exceptional start-to-finish
client experience. For real estate professionals who seek more productive ways
to conduct business, ZipRealty provides technology and online marketing tools
to enhance their online sales channel, including lead generation, conversion
and service of their clients. ZipRealty's technology and online marketing
products serve its full-service, owned-and-operated residential real estate
brokerage business in 19 markets nationwide, as well as its Powered by Zip
network of leading third-party local brokerages in 13 markets.

Media Contact: Stacey Corso

SOURCE ZipRealty, Inc.

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