Rents Accelerate While Home Values in U.S. Return to Modest Growth

Zillow | September 20, 2019

According to Zillow's August Real Estate Market Report, home value growth returned to a steady pace in August 2019 after a slowdown in the first half of the year. Quarter-over-quarter growth reached an annualized rate of 3.4%, up from 0.4% in May. The median U.S. home is now worth $229,600, up 4.9% from last August, the lowest year-over-year change since April 2015. Annual growth has steadily slowed for eight consecutive months covering a period of significant change for the U.S. housing market. The rate of quarterly growth, a better indicator for recent market shifts and inflection points, has risen in each of the past three months.

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Have you ever tried to imagine what work will be like in 2020? It’s not easy, but that is exactly what CoreNet Global’s Corporate Real Estate 2020 initiative is all about – envisioning the future of corporate real estate (CRE) and the workplace. Corporate Real Estate 2020 is a research and leadership development program designed and managed by CoreNet Global members to address the business environment of the future and to collect and distribute best practices, tools and studies to meet future business needs effectively. A follow up to Corporate Real Estate 2000 and CoRE 2010, Corporate Real Estate 2020 brings together more than 280 of the industry’s most thought-provoking and leading minds, as well as several other professionals from areas outside the CRE realm.

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Have you ever tried to imagine what work will be like in 2020? It’s not easy, but that is exactly what CoreNet Global’s Corporate Real Estate 2020 initiative is all about – envisioning the future of corporate real estate (CRE) and the workplace. Corporate Real Estate 2020 is a research and leadership development program designed and managed by CoreNet Global members to address the business environment of the future and to collect and distribute best practices, tools and studies to meet future business needs effectively. A follow up to Corporate Real Estate 2000 and CoRE 2010, Corporate Real Estate 2020 brings together more than 280 of the industry’s most thought-provoking and leading minds, as well as several other professionals from areas outside the CRE realm.

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