U.S. Home Values Unchanged in November; Fewer Major Metros Show Value Declines

According to the Zillow Real Estate Market Reports released today, national home values have remained essentially flat, falling only 0.1 percent from October to November 2011 to $147,800, representing a 4.6 percent decline since November 2010.

Regionally, home values appreciated or remained flat from October to November in 60 percent of the 165 housing markets covered by Zillow, compared to 24 percent last year. Major metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) that experienced flat or increasing home values include Los Angeles, Washington, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., San Francisco and Detroit. On an annual basis, the median home value is down for nearly all (90 percent) of the 165 MSAs covered by Zillow, although the rate of annualized depreciation has slowed significantly in the majority of the markets.

“Overall, we are seeing encouraging signs in housing data such as sequential months of slowing depreciation rates, stabilizing markets and organic improvement in value trends, largely in the absence of government policy intervention,” said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Stan Humphries in his analysis on the Zillow Research page. “However, we’re not out of the woods yet. Supply and demand are still not in balance in many markets and we do expect higher foreclosure liquidation rates near-term, which will put additional downward pressure on home values.”

Dr. Humphries continued, “Even with the anticipated increase in foreclosures, look for 2012 to be a transitional year in which home values fall modestly followed by a prolonged period of flat home values. We’re still three to five years away from ‘normal’ housing market conditions.”