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Home Values Up 6.6% in August, Monthly Gains Decelerate

Zillow's Home Value Index climbed to $162,100 in August, up 0.4 percent month-over-month and 6.6 percent annually--the largest yearly gain since July 2006, when values rose 7.9 percent. "August marked the end of one of the hottest summer home shopping seasons in years, as home value appreciation rates continued their rocket ride upward--perhaps dangerously so in some metro areas," said Zillow chief economist Stan Humphries, noting that the monthly pace of appreciation has started to moderate.

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Senators: Bipartisan GSE Reform Bill ‘Gaining Momentum’

Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Virginia) is seeing tremendous momentum toward GSE reform in Congress, he said during a discussion with Zillow chief economist Stan Humphries this week. He also expressed his optimism that the Housing Reform and Taxpayer Protection Act of 2013--a bill he helped co-sponsor--"actually has a chance" of passing. Fellow co-sponsor Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tennessee), who was also part of the discussion with Humphries, expressed similar sentiment, saying the bill is "gaining momentum."

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Survey: 52% of Homeowners Planning Home Improvements for Fall

According to the Zillow Digs Fall Home Improvement Trend and Spending Survey, 52 percent of homeowners have some sort of home project in the works for the coming months. That number is down from 60 percent in summer, when people are more drawn to work outdoors. The survey's findings show homes with children are far more active in project planning, with 31 percent (versus 19 percent of those without children) planning three or more home improvements. Homes with children are also planning to spend a bit more.

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Borrowers Surface for Air as Negative Equity Declines


Zillow's most recent Negative Equity Report shows approximately 12.2 million homeowners owed more on their mortgage than their home is worth last quarter, down from 13 million in the first quarter and 15.3 million the same time last year. Those 12.2 million underwater homeowners represent approximately 23.8 percent of all homeowners with a mortgage, Zillow said. For the second quarter of 2014, Zillow predicts the negative equity rate will fall to 20.9 percent, lifting an additional 1.9 million homeowners into positive equity.

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Annual Home Value Appreciation Reaches 6% in July

The Zillow Home Value Index reached $161,600 in July, up 0.4 percent from June and an even 6.0 percent from July 2012. July marked the 14th straight month of annual home value gains. Of the 393 metros tracked in July, 289 (73.5 percent) reported month-over-month price appreciation, and 303 (77.1 percent) showed annual appreciation. In addition, all areas saw both monthly and yearly appreciation, and all "have hit their bottom and are expected to show appreciation in the next 12 months."

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Economists Revise Home Value Forecasts

Home values are on track to reach more than $167,000 by the end of 2013, according to economists and real estate experts surveyed by Zillow and Pulsenomics. According to Zillow, respondents predicted median home values will rise to $167,490 by the end of this year, a gain of 6.7 percent over 2012. The forecast is a significant jump from the 5.4 percent annual increase expected in the last quarterly survey. Based on current expectations, panelists on average predicted home values could approach new record highs by 2017.

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Obama Fields Housing Questions in Web Chat

Following a speech Tuesday night in Phoenix, in which President Barack Obama discussed his ideas for housing finance reform, the president today took questions from American citizens during a live discussion hosted by Zillow CEO Spencer Rascoff. During the question and answer session Wednesday, Obama reiterated his stated goals to bring a gradual end to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, to bring private capital into the housing market, and to offer affordable housing options--both rental options and 30-year mortgages.

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U.S. Home Value Appreciation Picks Up Speed in Q2

According to Zillow's second-quarter Real Estate Market Reports, the U.S. Zillow Home Value Index (HVI) rose to $161,100 as of the end of June--up 2.4 percent quarter-over-quarter and 5.8 percent year-over-year. The second quarter's increase was the largest annual gain since August 2006 and the largest quarterly gain since the fourth quarter of 2005--as well as the second-largest quarterly gain since 2004. Over the next 12 months, Zillow forecasts an additional 5 percent increase in home values.

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60% of Homeowners Planning for Home Improvements

A recent survey by Zillow Digs found 60 percent of respondents have some kind of plan in the works for a home improvement project this summer. The median budget for homeowners who are planning projects was $1,200, though owners with children and those 54 years of age and younger plan to spend a bit more, with a median of $1,500. To get ideas for projects, online sources were the most frequently utilized, with 37 percent turning to the web for inspiration.

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