Trulia: Home prices rise, and rents rise more
The asking prices for rentals rose 5.1% nationwide in the past year, even in areas where home prices are falling. Asking prices for sales rose 2.9%.
The asking prices for homes are up 2.9% over last year, but rents are rising faster, even in cities where sale prices are still falling.
The latest analysis by the real-estate portal Trulia found that asking prices of homes for sale in October were 0.7% higher than in September. Year over year, 69 of the 100 metro areas tracked posted an increase in asking prices.
Rents were up 5.1% over last October, showing double-digit increases in three cities and declines in only a handful of the nation’s 100 largest metro areas.
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"Continued widespread price increases are good for homeowners but not for home-seekers," Jed Kolko, Trulia’s chief economist, said in a news release. "In markets like Denver, San Francisco and Oakland, where prices and rents are both rising, higher prices mean higher down payments, but rising rents make it harder to save enough."
Among the 25 largest markets, the cities showing the biggest increase in rents year over year were Houston, 16.5%; Miami, 10%; Oakland, Calif., 10%; Denver, 9.4%; and Seattle, 8.8%. They were followed by Philadelphia, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Chicago, New York and San Francisco.
The cities showing the greatest decline in rents, among all 100 metro areas, were Richmond, Va., 3.2%; Las Vegas, 1.8%; and Little Rock, Ark., 1.3%.
These are the cities where asking prices increased the most between October 2011 and October 2012:
- Phoenix: 24.9%
- Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Fla.: 15.7%
- San Jose, Calif.: 12.7%
- Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, Mich.: 11.8%
- West Palm Beach, Fla.: 11.3%
- Las Vegas: 10.9%
- Denver: 10.1%
- Detroit: 9.8%
- Oakland, Calif.: 8.8%
- San Francisco: 8.7%
Most of the cities showing the greatest decrease were in the Midwest and Northeast, where foreclosures continued to drag down prices. For October, the cities showing the great decrease in prices were:
- Chicago: 5.3%
- Camden, N.J.: 4.4%
- Gary, Ind.: 3.5%
- Edison-New Brunswick, N.J.: 3.5%
- Lake County-Kenosha County, Ill.-Wis.: 3.5%
- Greenville, S.C.: 3.3%
- New Haven, Conn.: 3.3%
- Allentown, Pa.-N.J.: 3%
- Philadelphia: 2.9%
- Albuquerque, N.M.: 2.2%
Neither one of these parties care about the voters. They just care about whose in charge of that great big vat of public money. Whos ever in charge gets their nose in the deepest. Time for us to kick out those who can't work together and vote for those who work for us.
You haven't' seen anything yet. Home prices will be very expensive when the dollar goes down to worthless.
The Voters can thank each other!
Welcome to higher taxes, higher health care, less freedom, and the job creators will all be on vacation.
even though the asking prices have risen, the value of the homes have not. thisis good for the buyer because buyers usually try not to pay over the value of the home.
About Teresa Mears
Teresa Mears is a veteran journalist who has been interested in houses since her father took her to tax auctions to carry the cash at age 10. A former editor of The Miami Herald's Home & Design section, she lives in South Florida where, in addition to writing about real estate, she publishes Miami on the Cheap to help her neighbors adjust to the loss of 60% of their property value.