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Asking Prices Continue to Improve in Trulia Price Monitor

by Reno Manuele

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Asking prices rose at the fastest rate yet in the post-boom housing market in the Trulia Price Monitor for November, increasing 3.8 percent.

Asking prices continued to show improvement in the Trulia Price Monitor, a leading indictor of market activity that studies the asking prices of new property listings on the real estate website.

Overall, the Trulia Price Monitor found that asking prices increased 0.8 percent from October to November, which implies a very promising 10 percent annual growth rate. Additionally, asking prices are up 3.8 percent from November 2011 and 2.2 percent from the second quarter.

Trulia Price Monitor – Good News for Prices

November’s increase in asking prices are the fastest rate for the Trulia Price Monitor since the housing downturn began, noted Trulia’s Chief Economist Jed Kolko, with job growth and falling housing vacancies being the main reasons for the increase. Other details from Trulia’s report included:

  • Seventy-six of the nation’s 100 largest metro areas saw asking prices rise from last year, and 70 also saw quarterly increases.
  • Excluding foreclosures, asking prices rose 1.6 percent quarter-over-quarter and 4.3 percent year-over-year.
  • As has been the case in the last couple Trulia Price Monitors, though, rental markets continued to lead the pack, with asking rents rising 5.6 percent from last year.
  •  Asking rents showed particular strength in Chicago, where they were up 6.9 percent, Miami, where they increased 10.8 percent, and Houston, which led the nation with an incredible 16.8 percent uptick in rents.

Relationship Between Renting and Buying

Given how dramatically rental prices have been increasing in many of the nation’s largest metro markets, it’s fair to wonder what impact, if any, rising rents will have on demand for houses.

Carmen Rodriguez, an agent with Coldwell Banker in Edgewater, said that in her markets on the city’s North Side, prices match those of the Trulia Price Monitor, though the situation is a complication one.

“I have seen rent prices remain rather steady in my market, while asking prices for traditional sales have still had to adjust a bit to meet lower competitive pricing from short sales and foreclosures,” Rodriguez said. “In my view, it’s not so much a consistent up or downward trend in either market as it is a bit of a sway, such like you might find at the bottom of a roller coaster after a drop and before a climb.”

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