ZipRealty’s Monthly Price Reduction Index Reports Double Digit Increase in Number of Price Reduced Home Listings Over Last Year

ZipRealty’s Monthly Price Reduction Index Reports Double Digit Increase in Number of Price Reduced Home Listings Over Last Year

January Median List Price Falls 13 Percent Compared to Prior Year

EMERYVILLE, CA – February 14, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — Home sellers continue to discount their asking price in an attempt to entice buyers to move towards a purchase according to a report issued by national real estatebrokerage ZipRealty (www.ziprealty.com; NASDAQ: ZIPR). ZipRealty’smonthly Price Reduction report, which is generated from a review of MLS-listed properties in 26 markets, shows that inventory is up a modest 2.81 percent from January 2010, but the total number of homes where sellers have cut the asking price at least once was up 17.6 percent. This double-digit growth in discounted homes may be another indicator of a sluggish market.

“In more than half of the surveyed markets, sellers are averaging at least two reductions in price,” said John Oldham, Director of Marketing for ZipRealty. “Inventory has grown throughout much of the year; as sellers face the pressure of more buying options, they seem to be discounting to attract buyers resulting in list prices being cut for over 46 percent of the homes.”

From a month-to-month view, January saw fewer discounted homes for sale than December, with the number of price-reduced homes on the market dropping 4.1 percent and total inventory down 2.1 percent. Although price-reduced inventory outstripped last year’s levels, the percentage slipped from 47.2 percent to 46.2 percent, making it the second straight monthly decline.

The report also found almost no change in the median list price from last month, dropping less than $500 (.2 percent), compared to about a $9,000 decline (3.9 percent) from November to December. While there are still markets where the median list price dropped significantly, such as Orange County, Calif., which saw a $5,000 drop in list price, some markets saw prices nudging back up, such as Miami, Fla., where the list price increased from $180,000 to $185,000 in January.

Highlights of ZipRealty’s January index include:

·       The number of price-reduced homes on the market is up 19.8 percent of January of 2010

·       Price-reduced homes fell faster than inventory, with the number of price-reduced homes falling 4.1 percent compared to a 2.1 percent decrease in overall inventory in January as compared to December

·       The median reduction amount dropped 1.7 percent to $19,088

·       The median list price dropped by .2 percent from December to $225,015, and the average percentage of price reduction amount to list price fell to 7.8 percent in January

·       In four major markets, more than half of homes on the market in January included at least one price reduction, down from nine markets in December. Those markets are Phoenix, Jacksonville, Orlando and Baltimore.

·       Homes listed for sale in Florida continue to be discounted by the largest percentage of original list price nationwide with Orlando leading (12.5 percent), followed by Jacksonville (12.1 percent) and Miami/Ft. Lauderdale/Palm Beach (11.9 percent)

·       Markets with the largest median price reduction in absolute dollars were:

Market

Median Price Reduction

San Francisco

$32,500

Orange County, Calif.

$31,000

San Diego

$29,100

Miami/Ft. Lauderdale/Palm Beach

$25,000

Seattle

$25,000

 

About the Report

ZipRealty compiledreal estate listing and price reduction data from the MLS in 26 of the 35 major U.S. metropolitan areas where the real estate brokerage operates.  The data cited within this report was pulled on February 1, 2011.

This report is intended to convey information on the general market conditions where ZipRealty operates, not on ZipRealty’s operating results. ZipRealty’s operating results may be materially different from the general trends shown in this report.  Please do not draw any conclusions about ZipRealty’s operating results based on the information contained in this report but, instead, refer to ZipRealty’s earnings releases and periodic reports as they are made public.

About ZipRealty, Inc.

ZipRealty is a leading full-service residential real estatebrokerage that uses an innovative combination of a comprehensive online presence, robust proprietary technology and knowledgeable local agents to offer its clients fast, responsive and transparent service. The Company’s award-winning, user-friendly website gives its users access to comprehensive local Multiple Listing Services home listings data, as well as other relevant market and neighborhood information and tools. The Company’s proprietary technology, including its agent platform and customer relationship tools, helps it to enhance customer service while increasing agent efficiency and reducing costs, allowing the Company to pass on significant savings to consumers as permitted by law. Founded in 1999, the company operates in 23 major markets in 20 states and the District of Columbia. For more information on ZipRealty, visit http://www.ziprealty.comor call 1-800-CALL-ZIP.

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