Home prices, inventory levels trend up: Altos Research


Tuesday, July 12th, 2011, 4:08 pm

Home prices and inventory levels are trending upward in many U.S. cities tracked by Altos Research, according to the firm's latest Housing Market Update.

The median national home price for all 26 markets covered by Altos hit $450,358 in June, up from $444,273 in May.

Meanwhile, in the past three months, listing prices rose 2.31% and inventory levels grew 3.52%.

The only city to report a drop in home prices in June was Las Vegas and even that was a mere 0.86% decline when compared to the month before.

When analyzing home price data for the past three months, both New York and Las Vegas experienced falling prices, reporting drops of 2.2% and 1.61%, respectively, Altos said.

Inventory rose in 12 of the major markets tracked by Altos last month, while falling in the remaining 14 composite cities. The biggest inventory jump occurred in Boston, with the city's inventory level rising to 5.8%. Phoenix, on the other hand, experienced the largest inventory level drop, falling 7.93%.

Even though the 90-day home price trends rose somewhat, Altos said a weekly sample taken from the month of June still shows a "slight flattening" in home prices.

Comparatively, the latest S&P/Case Shiller report said the average price of a single-family home rose for the first time in eight months during the month of April. Altos suspects the S&P/Case-Shiller will be reporting a few positive trends through September.

At the same time when looking forward, Altos foresees a slowing or plateau of home prices in the fourth quarter.

Write to Kerri Panchuk.

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About Tori Gable

Prior to Real Estate I held a position at Bank of America in Private Banking as a Senior Relationship Associate and Fiduciary Specialist. Due to my exposure with high-net worth individual and the experience of the procedures of Trust accounts I am now the 1st contact for many Private Client Service Managers and the sale of properties held in trust. In addition to my experience managing many trust accounts for Bank of America, I was responsible for managing an array of products for our clients including mortgages and money management. My wide base of knowledge provides me the ability to manage my client’s entire transaction and allows me to excel in my chosen profession of Real Estate. I began my Real Estate Career by partnering with one of the biggest brokers in Beverly Hills – June Scott http://junescott.com/. Her reputation, knowledge, and experience were unsurpassed. Our client base was the elite of Hollywood, many producers, celebrities, and business managers. I was with June at Coldwell Banker for the 1st year of my career, while honing my own skills I was able to learn from one of the best in the industry again adding to my ability to manage my client’s entire transaction. After working with June Scott I partnered up with Jade Mills as a buyers agent http://jademills.com/. Jade being another legendary broker in Beverly Hills gave me the edge I needed to gain wide exposure. This experience also gave me the exposure to the multi-million dollar Real Estate market, as our average listing was upwards of $4MM. The list of power house brokers I am associated with opens many doors in this business for me, in addition to gaining instant respect from not only new brokers but brokers that have been in the business for 20 or more years. This business is about relationships, not only with your client base but with your peer group. Earning the respect and recognition of my associates has allowed me to be extremely successful and provide top notch service to my clients. Currently I am with Prudential California Realty in the PacificDesignCenter. I have partnered with two agents that are in the top 3% off all Prudential agents nationwide. Collectively we have over 25 years of experience, are managing an average of 5-8 listings per month, and are working with numerous buyer clients. By joining forces we expanded our advertising budget and ability to handle all of our clients needs.
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