U.S. homes expected to lose more than US$681B in value in 2011, 35% less than the US$1.1T lost in 2010: Zillow

SEATTLE , December 22, 2011 () – U.S. homes are expected to lose more than $681 billion(i) in value during 2011, which is 35 percent less than the $1.1 trillion lost in 2010, according to analysis of recent Zillow® Real Estate Market Reports(ii).

The bulk of the total value lost during 2011 was in the first half of the year. From January to June, the U.S. housing market lost $454 billion. From July to December, Zillow projects residential home value losses will total a significantly lower $227 billion.

Regionally, only nine out of 128 markets showed gains in home values during 2011, with the New Orleans metropolitan statistical area (MSA) showing the largest gain of $3.5 billion. The Pittsburgh MSA was second on the list, with a gain of $2.7 billion.

"While homeowners suffered through another year of steep losses, the good news is that homes are losing value at a substantially slower pace as the market works its way towards the bottom," said Zillow Chief Economist Stan Humphries. "Compared to last year when we saw sharp declines following the expiration of the homebuyer tax credits, this year we saw some organic improvement in home values, in terms of a slowed depreciation rate which resulted in a smaller total value loss for the year."

"Unfortunately, when we look ahead to next year, the unabsorbed pool of housing supply, dragging levels of consumer confidence, high unemployment and negative equity will continue to put downward pressure on the housing market, pushing our expectation for a potential recovery into late 2012 or early 2013," continued Dr. Humphries.

The majority (92 percent) of markets analyzed for this report showed home value losses this year. The biggest home value losses, in terms of total dollars lost in 2011, were in the large MSAs of Los Angeles (down $75.5 billion), New York (down $44.8 billion) and Chicago (down $41.7 billion). The large overall losses were due to the high number of homes in these metro areas, along with decreases in median home values.
20 Largest Markets Tracked by Zillow


Estimated Home Value Loss/Gain in 2011(i)

Home Value Loss/Gain in 2010(iii)

Total Estimated Home Value in 2011(iv)

Zillow Home Value Index(v) YoY Change (Oct.)

United States

-$681.1 billion

-$ 1.1 trillion

$21.9 trillion


New York, N.Y. MSA

-$44.8 billion

-$46.7 billion



Los Angeles, Calif. MSA

-$75.5 billion

-$50.3 billion

$1.7 trillion


Chicago, Ill. MSA

-$41.7 billion

-$56.1 billion

$611.6 billion


Dallas, Texas. MSA

-$11.1 billion

-$19.1 billion

$274.5 billion


Philadelphia, Penn. MSA

-$21.8 billion

-$28.3 billion

$496.1 billion


Washington, D.C. MSA

-$2.9 billion

-$16.5 billion

$779.7 billion


Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Fla. MSA

-$6.5 billion

-$28.6 billion

$479.4 billion


Atlanta, Ga. MSA

-$29.6 billion

-$32 billion

$263.6 billion


Boston, Mass. MSA

-$9.5 billion

-$9.9 billion

$482.2 billion


San Francisco, Calif. MSA

-$29.4 billion

-$27.6 billion

$700.8 billion


Detroit, Mich. MSA


-$12 billion

$180.6 billion


Riverside, Calif. MSA

-$14 billion

-$5 billion

$270.1 billion


Phoenix, Ariz. MSA

-$12.5 billion

-$35.6 billion

$258 billion


Seattle, Wash. MSA

-$22.4 billion

-$29.7 billion

$348.6 billion


Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. MSA

-$16.5 billion

-$17.5 billion

$227.1 billion


San Diego, Calif. MSA

$9.7 billion

-$13.8 billion

$393.6 billion


St. Louis, Mo. MSA

-$11.9 billion

-$6.8 billion

$150.3 billion


Tampa, Fla. MSA

-$10.1 billion

-$16.1 billion

$159.3 billion


Baltimore, Md. MSA

-$8.9 billion

-$15.9 billion

$271.8 billion


Denver, Colo. MSA

-$5.5 billion

-$9 billion

$216 billion


About Zillow:

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(i) Total home value change is calculated by subtracting the estimated value of all homes in an area in December 2011 from the total value at the start of 2011. Forecasting was used to calculate value change during December 2011.

(ii) The data in Zillow's Real Estate Market Reports is aggregated from public sources by a number of data providers for 157 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.

(iii) Total home value change is calculated by subtracting the value of all homes in an area in December 2011 from the total value at the start of 2011.

(iv) Total home values are calculated as the average of all Zestimate® values multiplied by the total number of homes for a given day. Zestimate values are estimated values of individual homes, calculated with a proprietary formula. Forecasting was used to calculate value change during December 2011.

(v) The Zillow Home Value Index is the median value of all homes in an area.

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