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Home Prices Up 10 Percent, Price Tracker Reports

Dec. 23, 2012
Home Sales

Technology-powered real estate broker Redfin today released its Real-Time Home Price Tracker for November 2012, showing home prices increasing 10.1 percent year over year with a 2.2 percent month-over-month increase across 19 major U.S. markets. Inventory continued its long decline, falling 30 percent from November 2011--the largest drop so far this year. The report also showed:

Sales volumes dipped as predicted:

-- Following the path projected in Redfin's October Real-Time Demand Pulse, sales volumes fell by 14.8% in November but were up 7.8% from 2012 levels.

Home-selling velocity reached a plateau:

-- The percentage of listings that sold within 14 days of their debut was flat at 28.2%.

This report is the earliest monthly analysis of home prices, sales and inventory across 19 U.S. markets, published weeks before any other index, based on the local databases used directly by Realtors to list properties and record sales.

Market-Specific Highlights and Lowlights (

Sales Volumes

-- Sacramento saw the biggest gains, with home sales up 39 percent from November 2011.

-- Long Island's sales volumes took the hardest hit with a 26 percent drop from a year earlier. Home Prices sixteen saw month-over-month home price increases.

-- Phoenix once again led the price gains with a 34 percent year-over-year increase.


-- Inventory fell to fewer than 180,000 total listings across the 19 metro areas studied.

-- The top seven markets with the largest year-over-year drop in inventory were all in California: Sacramento (-68.2%), Ventura (65.1%), San Francisco (62.1%), San Jose (-62.0%), Los Angeles (-57.4%), Inland Empire (-56.4%) and San Diego (-54.2%).

-- The market with the smallest year-over-year drop in inventory was Phoenix with 3.2% fewer homes for sale than last year.

Selling Velocity

-- The top five fastest-selling markets (% of homes selling in two weeks or less) are all in California: San Jose (59.0%), San Francisco (49.5%), Ventura (47.6%), Los Angeles (43.1%), San Diego (40.0%) and Inland Empire (37.3%).

-- The slowest-selling market is Boston, with only 4.1% of homes selling in 14 days or less.

Source: Copyright PRNewswire 2012

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