MERCED, Calif. – Sept. 12, 2011 – California cities have seen their home values drop by the largest percentage in the last five years, with some metro areas posting losses of up to 67 percent in that time period. California cities occupied six of the top 10 metro areas with the largest drops, according to a recent Zillow study based on its home-value estimates and Zillow Home Value Index.
However, two Florida cities also made the top 10 list. Daytona Beach ranked highest in Florida at No. 7, while Fort Myers ranked at No. 9.
Overall, “there will be many ups and downs in home values before this is over, and we continue to expect a true bottom in 2012, at the earliest,” says Stan Humphries, Zillow’s chief economist. “There are still hazards in the form of a full foreclosure pipeline, high negative equity, and fluctuations in demand.”
Cities with the great home value declines based on Zillow estimates:
1. Merced, Calif.: -67.6%
2. Modesto, Calif.: -63.5%
3. Stockton, Calif.: -62.9%
4. Las Vegas: -61.4%
5. Vallejo, Calif.: -59.3%
6. Salinas, Calif.: -57.5%
7. Daytona Beach: -56.8%
8. Bakersfield, Calif.: -56.1%
9. Fort Myers: -56%
10. Phoenix: -55.6%
Source: “Five Years After Housing Market Peak, Bumpy Road Toward Stabilization Underway As Home Values Show Recent Rise in Many Markets,” Zillow (Aug. 9, 2011) and “10 Real Estate Markets With the Largest 5-Year Drop in Home Values,” Inman News (Sept. 8, 2011)
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