February Housing Performance Improves, According to DataQuick, But Will Steady Growth Continue to Sustain?


Increase in home prices, decrease in foreclosures seen in Feb. Property Intelligence Report #PIR from @DataQuick
Uncertainty could dampen future housing activity for buyers, sellers #housingmarket, according to @DataQuick Property Intelligence Report
Hardest hit housing markets show greatest rebound in home prices, source @DataQuick February Property Intelligence Report

SAN DIEGO – March 29, 2013 – (RealEstateRama) — Housing performance in February continued to steadily improve as it has in prior months with an increase in home prices and a decrease in foreclosures, despite a decrease in sales, according to a monthly Property Intelligence Report (PIR) from DataQuick®, a provider of advanced real estate information solutions powered by data, analytics and decisioning.

The PIR notes that housing markets hit hardest by the market downturn – Arizona, California, Florida and Nevada – have experienced a rebound in home prices that has not yet been experienced in the rest of the country. Home price growth in those states exceeded 10 percent over the last year; while remaining market rates hovered around 2.5 percent.

“The increase in home price growth was positive in 34 of the 42 counties we highlight in every monthly PIR over the last month and quarter; revealing that the markets continue to rise toward a certain stabilization despite looming economic factors,” said Gordon Crawford, Ph.D., vice president of Analytics for DataQuick. “Recent home price growth rates, however, might be overcompensating for an overcorrecting decline in home prices during the downturn. As a result, we expect the growth rates in these markets to slow to a level that is more in line with the rest of the country’s home price growth.”

February’s housing outlook reports positive supply and demand factors, but it is uncertain as to whether or not these improvements will persist throughout 2013. Although the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent in February, and the number of housing starts and permits increased, Crawford reports that the market is still stabilizing and trying to reach normal levels of success found in the past.

“Uncertainty factors lead to a difficult time valuing real estate; dampening the activity of both buyers and sellers,” said Crawford. “Employment rose by 236,000 jobs in February, and although that is a favorable number, we have seen this in previous years where employment growth is positive, only to decline in later months of the year.”

Crawford notes that other uncertainty factors including unsustainable deficit levels and other domestic fiscal issues, eurozone fiscal issues, and the country’s situation with Iran, contribute to the housing market’s instability and raises the question as to whether or not home prices can level out to stabilize the still fragile market.

DataQuick’s PIR leverages its national property database and analytics expertise to assess 42 of the largest counties in the United States using valuation trends, REO inventory trends and sales trends metrics. Key findings for February include:

· Home price growth was positive in 34 of the 42 reported counties over the last month and quarter

· Home price growth was positive in 35 of the 42 reported counties over the year

· Sales increased in 22 of the 42 reported counties over the last month

· Sales increased in 17 of the 42 reported counties over the last quarter

· Sales increased in 30 of the 42 reported counties over the last year

· Foreclosures decreased in 24 of the 42 reported counties over the last month

· Foreclosures decreased in 26 of the 42 reported counties over the last quarter

· Foreclosures decreased in 25 of the 42 reported counties over the last year

About DataQuick

San Diego-based DataQuick, a Decision Insight Information Group Company, delivers advanced information solutions powered by higher quality data, innovative analytics and automated decisioning across a national footprint. The company drives better decision making and improved profitability for the real estate, mortgage lending and secondary investor markets. DataQuick’s integrated solutions include property data and analytics, appraisals and non-appraisal evaluations, flood determinations, mortgage credit reports, automated valuation models, automated decisioning software, Title insurance and property information, property research portals and marketing tools. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.dataquick.com, on LinkedIn or on Twitter at @DataQuick.

About Decision Insight Information Group

Decision Insight Information Group, located in the U.S., Canada and Europe, delivers a comprehensive range of information, infrastructure and decision support products and services for financial and legal professionals. Operating at the heart of the property industry, Decision Insight Information Group manages complex information solutions and provides clarity on decision making for buying, selling, conveyancing, financing and insurance. Decision Insight Information Group companies include MSB and DataQuick in the U.S., Access Point Information Canada, SearchFlow, xit2 and Decision Insight Hub in the UK, Millar & Bryce in Scotland, Rochford Brady Group in the Republic of Ireland, Wertweiser, a joint venture with HVB Bank, in Germany, and Decision First, a joint venture with First Title, in the UK. Decision Insight Information Group has 1,100 employees in 16 offices. For more information, visit www.decisioninsightgroup.com. Decision Insight Information Group is a TPG Capital portfolio company

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