Property Appreciation Continues to Climb in Many Markets and Depreciation is Slowing in Others, According to VeroFORECAST Findings

Oct 10, 2012

Phoenix area leads improving markets and former depreciation leaders in California drop off the list in newly released quarterly forecast.

Green indicates Strongest 5 markets, Black indicates Weakest 5 markets

Santa Ana, Calif. – October 10, 2012 – Veros Real Estate Solutions (Veros), an industry leader in enterprise risk management, collateral valuation services and predictive analytics, has announced its VeroFORECAST real estate market forecast for the 12-month period ending September 1, 2013. Released quarterly and covering 918 counties, 305 metro areas, and 12,985 zip codes, the report is showing that the housing market’s gradual recovery on a national level has picked up measurable speed.

The forecast for the next 12 months has improved significantly on a national basis, from last quarter's 0.26-percent forecast depreciation to the current forecast appreciation of 1.1 percent. The five projected strongest markets have seen a great deal of progress, thanks mainly to decreased housing supply and the continuing low interest rates. The five projected weakest markets are doing far better than in last quarter’s forecast, as well. Nationally, the next 12 months are forecast to continue the trend of improvement.

Atop the list of strongest markets once again, Phoenix metro gained 1.9% from the previous quarter’s +6.4% forecast appreciation figure to its current forecasted +8.3%. “Phoenix has benefited from a drastically reduced housing supply, which has plummeted by over 70% from its peak,” said Eric Fox, Veros’ vice president of statistical modeling, analysis and research. “The area continues its trend of remaining well below the nation’s 8.1% average for unemployment, with a jobless rate of 7.2%. These factors, combined with the prevailing low interest rates, set the stage for Phoenix to be our top performing market,” he said.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Atlantic City, New Jersey emerged as the weakest market. The positive news here is that at -4.3%, the weakest market in this report is somewhat improved from last quarter’s weakest, which registered -5%. Also, in the previous report, all the remaining areas in the bottom five were in California; none of those areas appear among the weakest five in this forecast report.

“Atlantic City unemployment is at a high 13.0% and housing inventory remains stubbornly high as well,” said Fox. “This, in conjunction with high foreclosure and mortgage delinquency rates, is keeping pressure on pricing in this market. Moreover, the population in the last decade has dropped almost 3%,” he noted.

Projected Five Strongest Markets*

  1. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ +8.3%
  2. Midland, TX +7.5%
  3. Boise City-Nampa +6.5%
  4. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach, FL +6.5%
  5. Denver-Aurora, CO +6.0%

Projected Five Weakest Markets*

  1. Atlantic City, NJ -4.3%
  2. Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY -3.3%
  3. Rockford, IL -2.7%
  4. Norwich-New London, CT -2.7%
  5. Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton, PA-NJ -2.7%

Key factors for all of these markets are unemployment rates and housing inventory; where unemployment remains at or above the national average, markets tend to suffer with unsold homes and depressed demand. In many markets seeing easing in unemployment, housing inventories are being absorbed and prices are responding.

“Things are improving in all aspects,” said Fox. “In last quarter’s forecast, the bottom 5 were in the -5.0% to -4.3% range, and now they are in the -4.3% to -2.7% range, representing a marked strengthening,” he said. “The numbers are showing us that the stronger markets are continuing to gather steam and the weaker markets are showing continual improvement.”

About Veros Real Estate Solutions

Veros Real Estate Solutions, a proven leader in enterprise risk management and collateral valuation services, uniquely combines the power of predictive technology, data analytics and industry expertise to deliver advanced automated decisioning solutions. Veros products and services are optimizing millions of profitable decisions throughout the mortgage industry, from loan origination through servicing and securitization. Veros provides solutions to control risk and increase profits including automated valuations, fraud and risk detection, portfolio analysis, forecasting, and next-generation collateral risk management platforms. Veros is headquartered in Santa Ana, Calif. For more information, please visit or call (866) 458-3767.

About Eric Fox, VP of Statistical and Economic Modeling:

Eric Fox received his M.S. in Statistics and B.S. in Mathematics and Economics from Purdue University, and has more than 22 years of industrial experience in statistical and econometric modeling, probabilistic life methodology development, statistical training, probabilistic design software development, and probabilistic financial/competitive analysis. Fox has published more than 20 technical papers on probabilistic and statistical methods.

Additional forecasts for other U.S. markets available to the press upon request

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