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Homeless Population Increases as Rents Rise

Portland and Seattle have declared states of emergency in response to the number of people experiencing homelessness

By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog

canstockphoto8313695evicted(PORTLAND, Aug. 3, 2017/Zillow®/) Rising rents urban areas are creating crisis levels of homelessness that will continue or accelerate as rents rise, Zillow® research has found. The connection between homelessness and increasing rents is especially strong in places that are already facing rapidly growing homeless populations: New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and Seattle.

A five percent increase in New York rents over the next year would force almost 3,000 more people into homelessness, according to a new analysis from Zillow. In Los Angeles, the homeless population would grow by roughly 2,000, and Seattle would see its homeless population increase by nearly 260.

Relying solely on the number of homeless people counted during a one-night survey is an imperfect method. Previous research has found that as few as 59 percent of unsheltered homeless people are included in a given count.

Rents are at record highs across the country, and income growth did not keep pace as rents grew, making paying the rent increasingly unaffordable. Seattle and Portland, Ore. have declared states of emergency in response to the number of people experiencing homelessness. The median rent payment in Los Angeles requires 49 percent of the typical household income, leaving little opportunity to save in case of an unexpected medical bill, or loss of a job – events which could push a family into homelessness.

“We’ve seen so much pressure in rental housing markets that it’s created a rental affordability crisis that has spilled over into a homelessness crisis at lower income levels,” said Zillow Senior Economist Dr. Skylar Olsen. “Often, the rental demand in these markets isn’t being met with a sufficient supply. There are several cities grappling with this problem, but there is no one-size-fits-all solution for everyone. This report puts a number on the link between rising rents and homelessness, highlighting the very real human impact that rent increases are having across the country.”

 

[Source: Zillow press release]

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Portland, Dallas, and Seattle Report the Highest Year-Over-Year Home Value Appreciation

Rents in Seattle are up just over 9 percent and in Portland, rents are up 7 percent

By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog

rising housing prices 1(October 20, 2016) –  U.S. home values are up 5.5 percent over the past year according to the September Zillow® Real Estate Market Reports. This is the fastest pace of appreciation in more than two years. The median value of a U.S. home is now $189,400.

Portland, Dallas, and Seattle reported the highest year-over-year home value appreciation among the 35 largest metros across the country. In Portland, home values rose almost 15 percent to a median value of $342,100. Home values in Dallas and Seattle appreciated 12 and 11 percent, respectively. For the first time, the median home value in the Seattle surpassed $400,000 and is now at $401,100.

Inventory has been falling steadily, with about 4 to 6 percent fewer homes for sale over the past several months. However, the bigger driver of home prices is increased demand. Sales have increased substantially since 2011, despite fewer homes on the market.

Bidding wars are commonplace in many housing markets across the country, as multiple buyers compete for the same home. According to the Zillow Group Consumer Housing Trends Report, only 46 percent of buyers get the first home on which they make an offer, and the home search takes an average of 4.2 months.

“Increasingly strong demand has been contributing to dwindling inventory stocks across the nation,” said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Svenja Gudell. “Healthy demand for for-sale homes amidst low inventory has been driving the market, which is another sign that the housing market is recovering nicely. Buyers in the nation’s fastest moving markets can expect the search process to last a few months, as market conditions are often extremely competitive with homes selling for above asking price and receiving multiple offers. It’s definitely a seller’s market right now, with some homes being more expensive than ever.”

Rents are rising across the nation, but have slowed considerably over the past year. In September 2015, median rents were up 5.3 percent year-over-year but have since slowed to 1.5 percent annual appreciation. The median rent in the U.S. is now $1,403.

Seattle, Portland, and Sacramento reported the highest year-over-year rent appreciation among the 35 largest U.S. housing markets. Rents in Seattle are up just over 9 percent and in Portland, rents are up 7 percent. For the fourth month in a row, Seattle has the fastest year-over-year rent appreciation among the 35 largest U.S. housing markets.

Nationally, there are 6 percent fewer homes for sale than a year ago, with Indianapolis and Boston reporting the greatest drop in inventory. In Indianapolis, there are 26 percent fewer homes to choose from than a year ago, and 25 percent fewer in Boston.

Souce: Zillow®

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Seattle and Portland Rents Expected to Rise 6% and 7%

Zillow forecasts rent growth of more than 7 percent in Seattle and 6 percent in Portland

By Jeff Sorg, OnlineEd Blog

canstockphoto33101878-no-vacancies (October 11, 2016) – According to the latest Zillow® Rent Forecast for August 2016 to August 2017, rents in the West’s tech job centers are predicted to be among some of the fastest growing in the nation over the next year. The Zillow® Rent Forecast predicts rent trends down to the zip-code across the U.S.

Rents in Seattle and Portland are expected to rise the most over the next 12 months — Zillow forecasts rent growth of more than 7 percent in Seattle and 6 percent in Portland. Denver, San Francisco, and San Jose are predicted to see rent appreciation of more than 4 percent. Only 11 of the 35 largest metros will see a slowdown in rents.

 

Highest Forecasted Rent Appreciation over the Next Year

  1. Seattle – 7.2 percent
  2. Portland – 6.0 percent
  3. Denver – 5.9 percent
  4. Cincinnati – 5.2 percent
  5. San Francisco – 4.9 percent
  6. Los Angeles – 4.8 percent
  7. Sacramento – 4.7 percent
  8. San Diego – 4.7 percent
  9. Phoenix – 4.6 percent
  10. San Jose – 4.5 percent

[Source: Zillow]

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