Real Estate Values Stabilize

17 Oct

According to the Zillow Home Value Index released last week, the recent slowdown in foreclosures has stabilized home values since July.

Overall, prices have dropped 30.5 percent since an April 2006 peak, according to CoreLogic’s Home Price Index. When distressed sales (bank-owned homes and short sales) are excluded, the drop from peak stood at 21 percent in August.

Zillow’s index report showed a somewhat similar drop from a June 2006 peak: 28.3 percent. That index tracks 157 metropolitan areas nationwide. Of the 25 largest metros tracked, all saw their index values remain virtually the same on a monthly basis.

Only Pittsburgh experienced year-over-year value appreciation: 2.8 percent. That metro continues to be the only one among the top 25 to have seen its index value remain essentially flat from peak, falling only 0.8 percent.

Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Orlando, Fla., have seen the biggest drops from peak, each down 54.5 percent.

The rate at which homes were foreclosed in August was 9.2 out of every 10,000 homes, a decline from 10.9 of every 10,000 homes in October 2010, before investigations into documentation irregularities lengthened foreclosure timelines. Foreclosure resales stood at 19.5 percent of overall sales.

“Due to the robo-signing controversy, the pace of foreclosure liquidations has been slower than it would be otherwise, which is impacting home-value trends positively. Eventually the pace will pick up again, putting more bank-owned homes into local markets and putting additional downward pressure on prices,” said Stan Humphries, Zillow’s chief economist, in a statement.

According to CoreLogic’s price index, home prices fell a slight 0.7 percent year-over-year in August when distressed sales are excluded.

“The continued bright spot is the nondistressed segment of the market, which is only marginally lower than a year ago and continues to exhibit relative strength,” said Mark Fleming, CoreLogic’s chief economist, in a statement.

“The mass liquidation of foreclosure portfolios is best described as a trickle. The inventory is coming on the market slowly as more loans are modified to keep homeowners in their homes. Although the millions of properties in the shadow inventory are still looming, there is nothing that indicates a flood of foreclosures hitting the market anytime soon,” October’s Real-Time National Housing Market Update by Altos Research reports.

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