Home Values Continue Nationwide Decline in First Quarter Amid Encouraging Signs in California Mixed Market Results in Q1 2010 Zillow(R) Real Estate Market Reports As Several Large Metros in California Show Evidence of Reaching Bottom in Past Year, Yet Gro

SEATTLE, May 10, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Home values in most U.S.

markets continued to decline in the first quarter of 2010, as the Zillow Home Value Index(1) fell 3.8 percent year-over-year, and 1 percent quarter-over-quarter, to $183,700. However, home values in several large California markets show signs of having reached a bottom, according to the first quarter Zillow Real Estate Market Reports(2).

(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20060503/ZILLOWLOGO) Housing market conditions varied across the country, and home values in most markets (106 of the 135 tracked by Zillow) continued to decline on a year-over-year basis.

Additionally, negative equity across the country remained high, with 23.3 percent of single-family homes with mortgages underwater, up from 21.4 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009. Foreclosures(3) reached a new peak in March, with more than one out of every 1,000 (0.11 percent) U.S. homes going into foreclosure during the month.

Home values in several large California markets - the Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Ventura MSAs - have stabilized significantly in the past year, marking what may be a bottom(4). Home values in those markets have risen significantly for at least the past 10 months, after values in all five markets reached a low point in April or May 2009. Although home values could fall again, it is more likely, given current conditions, that they will remain above their lowest level reached last year than fall below.

"It's a very positive sign that several large markets have hit what appears to be a tentative bottom in home values," said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Stan Humphries. "While this is no guarantee that home values there will not fall again, it is more likely than not that they will remain above their lowest point last year.

"However, we continue to have concerns about other factors playing out in markets across the country. We suspect that the homebuyer tax credits are, for the most part, stealing demand from later this summer, rather than creating new demand. Even with the tax credits in place during the first quarter, inventory levels were rising, and home values continued to decline at a steady clip, rather than steadying. Because of these factors, we believe national home values are more likely to reach bottom in the third quarter of 2010, rather than in the second quarter, as we had hoped. When we do get there, we expect the high rates of negative equity and foreclosures to keep national home value appreciation near zero for some time, possibly as long as five years." Foreclosure re-sales(5) across the country remained high in March, making up more than one-fifth (22.2 percent) of all U.S. home sales. Foreclosure re-sales also made up the majority of sales in several MSAs, including the Merced, Calif.

MSA (66.3 percent) the Madera, Calif. MSA (63 percent) and the Modesto, Calif.

MSA (61.7 percent). Additionally, one-third (32.4 percent) of home sales nationwide sold for less than what the seller originally paid.

Region Zillow Home Value Index March YoY MoM 2010 Change Change (Feb.

to Mar.) United States $183,700 -3.8% -0.3% Markets Showing Signs of Bottom in Home Los Angeles Values Metro $415,300 3.3% 0.3% San Diego Metro $364,800 3.7% 0.4% San Francisco Metro $515,300 3.4% 0.3% Santa Barbara Metro $444,900 2.6% 0.4% Ventura Metro $413,800 2.9% 0.3% Other Markets Atlanta Metro $142,600 -6.4% -1.5% Baltimore Metro $240,100 -5.0% -0.9% Boston Metro $315,100 0.7% -0.4% Charlotte Metro $147,500 -5.3% -0.7% Chicago Metro $191,100 -9.1% -1.0% Cleveland Metro $115,900 -4.0% -0.7% Denver Metro $212,900 2.3% 0.1% Detroit Metro $87,300 -18.8% -2.4% Las Vegas Metro $131,300 -18.2% -0.5% Miami-Fort Lauderdale Metro $160,700 -9.8% -0.8% Minneapolis- St Paul Metro $184,500 -4.5% -0.6% New York Metro $366,300 -2.3% -0.3% Philadelphia Metro $209,000 -0.3% 0.0% Phoenix Metro $141,100 -13.9% -1.2% Pittsburgh Metro $105,400 -4.2% -0.6% Portland Metro $231,200 -6.9% -1.1% Riverside Metro $188,900 -8.3% -0.1% San Jose Metro $561,700 -0.2% -0.1% Seattle Metro $291,900 -5.9% -0.8% St. Louis Metro $135,900 -6.8% -0.9% Tampa Metro $118,000 -12.1% -1.3% Washington Metro $322,500 -0.4% -0.1% Region Foreclosures Negative % of Fore- Equity* All closure Homes Re-Sales Fore- (March) closed (March) United States 23.3% 0.11% 22.2% Markets Showing Signs of Bottom in Home Los Angeles Values Metro 19.2% 0.13% 29.5% San Diego Metro 22.9% 0.15% 32.7% San Francisco Metro 22.9% 0.14% 32.1% Santa Barbara Metro 23.8% 0.14% 35.0% Ventura Metro 20.3% 0.12% 29.0% Other Markets Atlanta Metro 34.8% -- -- Baltimore Metro 23.0% 0.08% 12.7% Boston Metro 14.0% -- -- Charlotte Metro 29.5% 0.12% 17.6% Chicago Metro 31.8% -- -- Cleveland Metro 33.9% 0.10% 28.1% Denver Metro 30.8% 0.17% -- Detroit Metro 24.9% -- -- Las Vegas Metro 80.6% 0.33% 54.9% Miami-Fort Lauderdale Metro 44.3% -- -- Minneapolis- St Paul Metro 41.2% 0.12% 23.9% New York Metro 14.1% 0.01% 4.7% Philadelphia Metro 12.9% 0.02% 5.4% Phoenix Metro 64.6% 0.44% 46.5% Pittsburgh Metro 9.4% 0.05% 11.5% Portland Metro 22.7% 0.10% 20.0% Riverside Metro 51.2% 0.31% 51.0% San Jose Metro 15.8% 0.11% 22.4% Seattle Metro 24.5% 0.08% 20.5% St. Louis Metro 25.4% -- -- Tampa Metro 53.1% -- -- Washington Metro 28.5% 0.12% 22.2% *Negative equity refers to the % of single-family homes with mortgages.

The full national report, in its interactive format, is available at www.zillow.com/local-info. Additionally, in most areas, data is available at the state, metro, county, city, ZIP and neighborhood level.

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(1) The Zillow Home Value Index is the median Zestimate valuation for a given geographic area on a given day and includes the value of all single-family residences, condominiums and cooperatives, regardless of whether they sold within a given period. The Home Value Index at the national level is calculated using a weighted average of the median home value for each county and includes data from 440 metropolitan statistical areas. It is expressed in dollars and is for a particular geographic region.

(2) The data in Zillow's Real Estate Market Reports is aggregated from public sources by a number of data providers for 134 Metropolitan Statistical Areas dating back to 1996. Mortgage and home loan data is typically recorded in each county and publicly available through a county recorder's office.

(3) Foreclosures are defined as a Trustee's Deed Upon Sale or equivalent transaction.

(4) These five markets have all seen month-over-month appreciation for at least the past 10 months. Furthermore, they all had annualized appreciation of more than 3 percent.

Although other markets are appreciating, no others have experienced appreciation this significant.

(5) Foreclosure re-sales capture mostly sales of bank-owned (REO) homes. It measures sales of homes that were foreclosed on in the previous 12 months.

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