Sacramento home values are increasing at twice the national rate, according to Seattle-based real estate tracker Zillow.
Zillow said Sacramento’s median home value rose 6.1 percent year-over-year in May to $339,100. Nationally, the median home value rose 3 percent since May 2014 to $179,200.
However, the median value of local homes remains nearly 25 percent below the $442,300 peak reached in December 2005. Zillow forecast a 5.2 percent growth in Sacramento home values over the next year.
Stan Humphries, Zillow’s chief economist, said the rising values represent a gradual return to “a more normal market…from a stimulus-driven housing market to one driven by fundamentals.”
Zillow also said home rental costs continue to rise. In May, the median rent for Sacramento houses was $1,664 a month, up 6.5 percent over May 2014. Nationwide, the monthly rental median in May was $1,367, up 4.3 percent over the year-ago period.