February Home Prices Up 13%, Sales Up 2% in Redfin Real-Time Home Price Tracker


Inventory Plummeted Year Over Year, While Sales Velocity Picked Up Month Over Month

Seattle – March 18, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Technology-powered real estate broker Redfin (www.redfin.com) today released its Real-Time Home Price Tracker for February 2013, showing home prices increasing 13.2 percent year over year across 19 major U.S. markets. Inventory continued its downward trajectory, falling 31.8 percent from February 2012. Meanwhile, home-selling velocity was on the rise with more than one-third of homes going under contract within 14 days of their debut. Here are the key metrics:

Home prices up:

  • Home prices were up 13% from a year ago and 2.4% month over month.

Home sales on the rise:

  • Closed sales were up 2.3% from February 2012 and 0.7% from January.

Home-selling velocity increasing:

  • More than one-third of new listings are now going under contract within 14 days of their debut. Last month, 30.3% of homes sold that quickly. Redfin recently published a list of the country’s fastest real estate markets, highlighting “real estate flash sales,” homes that went under contract in 24 hours or less.

Inventory mixed:

  • Inventory fell 32% from last year, but picked up slightly (1.1 %) from January.

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. Click the following link to read the complete Redfin Real-Time Home Price Tracker. http://blog.redfin.com/?p=12800

Market-Specific Highlights and Lowlights:

Sales Volumes

  • Denver saw the biggest gains, with home sales up 33.4% from February 2012.
  • Baltimore’s sales volumes took the hardest hit with a 13.4% drop from a year earlier.

Home Prices

  • Each of the 19 cities measured saw home prices rise year over year; 15 saw month-over-month home price increases.
  • Phoenix once again led the price gains with a 30.3% year-over-year increase.


  • Inventory came in at just over 158,000 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 (-68.3%), San Francisco (57.8%), Los Angeles (-57.1%), Ventura (56.9%), Inland Empire (-54.0%), San Jose (-53.0%), and San Diego (-50.1%).
  • The only market with an increase in homes for sale was Phoenix which saw a 2.2% rise in inventory year over year.

Selling Velocity

  • The top six fastest-selling markets (% of homes selling in two weeks or less) were all in California: San Jose (63.1%), San Francisco (56.8%), Ventura (52.6%), Los Angeles (51.3%), Inland Empire (49.8%), and San Diego (49.1%).
  • The slowest-selling market was Boston, with only 3.7% of homes selling in 14 days or less.

About the Real-Time Home Price Tracker As a broker with access to dozens of Multiple Listing Services (MLSs) used by real estate agents to list properties and record sales, Redfin gets data within minutes of a sale, pending sale or listing activation, well before any government, media or analytics organization. Using MLS fields, Redfin is able to distinguish houses from condominiums and townhouses, which often sell for less money. To validate the accuracy of the data and to account for sales not handled by a real estate agent, Redfin compares MLS data with county records as they become available, using sophisticated algorithms to identify and resolve disparities about square footage or price for each address. Data at the local and neighborhood level are available in a spreadsheet, and the report methodology is available as an Adobe document.

About Redfin

Redfin (www.redfin.com) is a technology-powered real estate broker that represents people buying and selling homes. Founded and run by technologists, Redfin has a team of experienced, full-service real estate agents who are advocates, not sales-people, earning customer-satisfaction bonuses, not commissions. Redfin’s online tools feature all the broker-listed homes for sale, as well as for-sale-by-owner properties that don’t pay brokers a commission. The company serves 21 U.S. markets and has closed more than $5 billion in home sales. In 2012, Redfin was named one of The DIGITAL 100: World’s Most Valuable Private Tech Companies by Business Insider. Follow us on our blog (blog.redfin.com), Twitter (@redfin), and Facebook (facebook.com/redfin).

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