Homes.com’s Local Market Index Reveals New Price Performance Data for Top 100 Markets

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96 of the top 100 U.S. markets advance, indicating rebound in housing market

The new Homes.com Local Market Index provides an exceptionally detailed review of local market pricing trends...leading the way for healthy conversation about America’s real estate markets and—in many of these local areas—their imminent recovery.

Homes.com, a leading online real estate destination and complete lifestyle resource, released the Homes.com Local Market Index, a new summary of price performance on repeat sales properties in the U.S. Utilizing home pricing data for the period ending March 2013, the index showed 96 out of 100 markets for single-family properties advancing on a monthly basis.

“We’re pleased to provide such a comprehensive pricing index for our dedicated consumers, real estate professionals and partners,” said Brock MacLean, executive vice president of Homes.com. “The new Homes.com Local Market Index provides an exceptionally detailed review of local market pricing trends, performance and growth indicators, leading the way for healthy conversation about America’s real estate markets and—in many of these local areas—their imminent recovery.”

Unlike other existing housing indices, the Homes.com Local Market Index provides:

  • Expanded Coverage – Goes beyond the typical 20 markets by covering the top 100 markets or CBSA’s in the U.S. as measured by the U.S. Census Bureau.
  • Localized Information– Index values are compiled at the census track level and consolidated into a zip code or neighborhood area. Local index values are compiled into a consolidated index for each CBSA.
  • Local Market Variance – Provides a highly detailed view of neighborhood or zip code performance, with many local index values often varying 25% within the same market.
  • National Overview – Includes an overview of national statistics, providing a comprehensive picture of the overall health of the economy and the contributing factors to the housing market.

The most recent Local Market Index shows monthly increases in 96 out of the top 100 markets, a sizable improvement from the 75 out of 100 that gained in February and a significant indicator of a nationwide rebound. The Honolulu, Hawaii market again posted the largest monthly increase in March, climbing 2.40 index points from February. The second fastest growing market in March was Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Va.-N.C. with a gain of 2.23 points. On a year-to-year basis, Honolulu, Hawaii had the largest gain at 22.55 index points; the next closest market was Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, Ariz. with a gain of 18.18. Those two markets also had the largest year-to-year gain last month.

Monthly declines in markets were very nominal, with the largest decrease being a -0.45 index point in the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, Pa. local market. Year to year, Jackson, Miss. fell the farthest at -1.35, followed by Memphis, Tenn.-Miss.-Ark. at -1.21.

Overall, the top gaining markets this month were evenly spread across all regions except the Midwest. By contrast, a majority of the worst performing markets were concentrated in the Northeast, with only one in the Midwest.

Resources:
The Homes.com Local Market Index for March 2013 can be downloaded here.
Various tables and graphs included in the report can be downloaded here.
To receive a comprehensive data file including index values in every zip code within a local market, contact us at LocalMarketReports(at)Homes(dot)com.

Methodology:

The index is calculated from sales data on the same homes over time, allowing a side-by-side comparison of the same property. This more accurately tracks the monthly growth and decline in home prices over a longer period of time. Each sales pair observed is grouped with all other sales pairs found within the area to create a highly localized, neighborhood-level index.

About Homes.com

As one of the nation’s top online real estate destinations, Homes.com inspires consumers to dream big. From affordable houses to luxurious estates, condos and more, Homes.com features more than four million property listings and a user-friendly format, making finding your next home or a licensed real estate agent easily accessible. Visitors to the Homes.com blog will find a collection of rich content and posts on DIY projects, painting, gardening and more, providing the ultimate resource for everything home related. From purchasing a first home, to upgrading, downsizing and everything in between, Homes.com is an inspiring and engaging partner in every phase of the home buying process.

Homes.com is a division of Dominion Enterprises, a leading marketing services and publishing company headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia. For more information, visit http://www.dominionenterprises.com.

For more information, visit http://www.homes.com or blog.homes.com.

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