The strong momentum the housing market built up in 2012 has officially carried over into 2013, ashome values rose to $158,100 last month, up 0.7 percent from December and 6.2 percent from January 2012, according to the January Zillow Real Estate Market Reports.
January marked the 15th consecutive month of home value gains. The 6.2 percent annual gain is the largest since July 2006, when home values rose 7.5 percent year-over-year. The last time national home values were at this level was in June 2004.
Home value appreciation was widespread in January, as all of the top 30 metros covered by Zillow experienced year-over-year gains. Major markets where home values rose the most over January 2012 included Phoenix (21.9 percent), San Francisco (17.2 percent), San Jose (16.8 percent), Las Vegas (16.2 percent) and Sacramento (13.7 percent).
Because of seasonality, national rents fell slightly in January compared with December, down 0.2 percent to a Zillow Rent Index of $1,271. Year-over-year, national rents were up 4.3 percent.
Foreclosures, while falling, still remain an important and significant part of the market. Completed foreclosures slowed in January, falling to 5.54 homes foreclosed out of every 10,000 homes nationwide. That was down 0.8 homes over December and down 2.3 homes year-over-year.
“The winter months are typically when things cool off in the housing market, but high demand and continued tight inventory in many markets have helped keep things at a boil through the early part of 2013,” said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Stan Humphries. “Demand will continue to be high throughout 2013, which will help home values and rents alike continue to rise. Foreclosure activity remains high, despite recent drop-offs. This will have the dual effects of nurturing rental demand, as displaced former homeowners seek new lodgings, and of adding supply to many markets, as foreclosed properties re-enter the market.”
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