After nine consecutive months of appreciation, August was the first month where home values decreased by 0.1% to $152,100, according to Zillow.
2012 has seen a turnaround in the housing market with sustained appreciation that, at times, has been very strong. As we progress through the latter half of this year, we expect home values to see more volatility characterized by months of home value declines mixed with months of appreciation.
Overall, the positive trend will hold as evidenced by home values being up by 1.7% in August 2012 on a year-over-year basis. Rents continued to rise in August, appreciating by 0.2% from July to August. On an annual basis, rents across the nation are up by 5.9%, indicating that demand, fueled by elevated foreclosure levels, is still outpacing investor-driven increases in rental property supply.