Clear Capital: Q1 Home Prices Remain Strong Over Winter for the First Time in Seven Years

Forecast Through 2013 Suggests Signs of a Maturing, Sustainable Recovery

TRUCKEE, Calif., April 2, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Clear Capital (, the premium provider of data and solutions for real estate asset valuation and collateral risk assessment, today released its Home Data Index™ (HDI) Market Report with data through March 2013. Using a broad array of public and proprietary data sources, the HDI Market Report publishes the most granular home data and analysis earlier than nearly any other index provider in the industry.

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Report highlights include:

  • For the first time since 2006, quarterly home prices remained positive over winter.
  • After starting the spring buying season strong, forecasts through 2013 point to continued growth.
  • Yearly gains picked up momentum for the nation and three of the four regions.
  • Contact Alanna Harter for your March 2013 file of the Top 30 MSAs.

"Home prices ended the first quarter of 2013 in a similar fashion to how they started the year, stable and in positive territory," said Dr. Alex Villacorta, director of research and analytics at Clear Capital. "It has been seven years since home price growth continued throughout winter. This is very strong evidence of the start to a new leg of the recovery, one that should give further confidence to consumers and lenders alike that the recovery is real. As buyers become more confident the recovery is sustainable, this sentiment should grow to create a positive feedback loop.

"We see further evidence the recovery is maturing from the relatively rapid price correction we saw in 2012, with our forecasts showing modest gains expected over the rest of this year. On top of the 0.9% growth we've seen through Q1, our forecast shows an additional 1.7% increase over the next nine months. Phoenix is a great example where we expect to see that cooling trend support a more sustainable recovery. After a strong year of growth, rising prices should bring the metro back into a more normal range of growth. In addition, the typical influx of spring and summer supply will also help subdue price gains. All in all, this is great news for housing, where prices are sustainably on the rise, demand continues to grow, and the expected supply influx should curtail any bubble-like price trend behavior."

Click here to view the full HDI report, including price trends for the top 50 performing markets and a comprehensive national and regional analysis. Contact Alanna Harter for your March 2013 file of the Top 30 MSA price trends.

About Clear Capital

Clear Capital ( is the premium provider of data and solutions for real estate asset valuation and collateral risk assessment for large financial services companies. Our products include appraisals, broker price opinions, property condition inspections, value reconciliations, automated valuation models, quality assurance services, and home data indices. Clear Capital's combination of progressive technology, high caliber in-house staff, and a well-trained network of more than 40,000 field experts sets a new standard for accurate, up-to-date, and well documented valuation data and assessments. The Company's customers include the largest U.S. banks, investment firms, and other financial organizations. Clear Capital's home price data can be accessed on the Bloomberg Professional service by typing CLCA <GO>.

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The information contained in this report is based on sources that are deemed to be reliable; however no representation or warranty is made as to the accuracy, completeness, or fitness for any particular purpose of any information contained herein. This report is not intended as investment advice, and should not be viewed as any guarantee of value, condition, or other attribute.

National Home Prices (Source: Clear Capital) Top 50 Major Metro Markets (Source: Clear Capital)