Second Quarter Nevada Housing Stability Index Released

While price appreciation trends continue, stability rating remains unchanged from Q1


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Teri Williams
Public Information Officer
(702) 486-0407
Las Vegas, NV - September 12, 2013

The Department of Business and Industry today released the Nevada Housing Stability Index report for the second quarter of 2013. The index is intended to monitor the overall health of the statewide Nevada housing market and provide a barometer of market stability.

 

The quarterly index continues to evolve as additional sets and sources of data are included to provide a more comprehensive overview of the housing market on a state-wide basis.

 

The index is comprised of 12 independent components such as underwater loan percentages, housing turnover rates, affordability ratios and foreclosure volumes.  Each measure is weighted based on relevance and importance to the overall market’s performance.  The individual components and composite index is assigned a grade based on a 4.0 grade point average (GPA), with a “C” grade representing average quality.

 

Second quarter findings:

·         The aggregate index value increase from 1.4 in 1Q 2013 to 1.67, but maintained a D+ on the grading scale.

·         Seven of the 12 individual index components showed improvement over the previous quarter.

·         While conditions appear to be trending in the right direction, concerns about stability remain given mortgage holder delinquency rates.

·         Home price appreciation continued which led to the percentage of underwater homes falling to 39.3%, significantly down from 59.4 % from the same period last year. 

·         Resale housing inventory continues to remain well below historical averages with 4.4 months of effective inventory.

·         Measures indicate that new home supply levels may now be trending ahead of incremental demand.

 

The Nevada Housing Stability Index can be downloaded from the Department’s website at business.nv.gov/News_Media/Publications.

 

About the Housing and Data Index Project

Nevada has led the nation in residential foreclosure filings and negative net equity since the beginning of the housing market collapse. Researchers agree the absence of systematic housing data has been prohibitive in the development of meaningful policy and programs that would aid in the recovery of the housing market. The project, a joint initiative of the Department of Business and Industry and the Lied Institute for Real Estate Studies at UNLV, provides a mechanism for extensive collection of data and analysis of current and future Nevada housing market trends.  This data will aid policy makers in establishing public policy, legislation and programs as well informing the general public.  Project initiatives include the publication of a monthly Housing Market Report, quarterly Nevada Housing Stability Index and convening a biannual Housing Market Forum.

 

About the Department of Business and Industry

The Nevada State Department of Business and Industry is a cabinet level agency in Nevada State government. Our objective is to encourage and promote the development and growth of business and to ensure the legal operation of business in order to protect consumers by maintaining a fair and competitive regulatory environment. The Director’s office at B&I manages a number of programs and initiatives to address the needs of small businesses, homeowners and consumers including small business advocacy, bond programs, access to capital, housing retention programs, constituent services and fraud prevention and education.

 

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