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CD Rates Pause As 10-year Treasury Note Yield Retreats From 2013 Highs

TheStreet and RateWatch Report Top CD Rate Issuers

NEW YORK, July 23, 2013, RateWatch, a premier banking data and analytics service owned by TheStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ: TST) reported today national averages generally remained unchanged at record-low levels.

Movements in CD rates have paused as the 10-year Treasury Note yield has slightly retreated from 2013 highs and after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke offered no major surprises in his testimonies to Congress.

“With banks showing little appetite to shift CD rates in the near term, and a typically slow August approaching, the next month could remain quiet for savers seeking an increase in CD rates,” reported Joe Deaux, TheStreet’s Economist.

NATIONAL AVERAGE RESULTS – $10K

This week Last week
Money Market 0.11 0.11
1 month CD 0.06 0.06
3 month CD 0.09 0.09
6 month CD 0.15 0.15
1 year CD 0.23 0.23
2 year CD 0.37 0.37
3 year CD 0.50 0.50
4 year CD 0.62 0.62
5 year CD 0.81 0.81

TOP RATE ISSUERS – $10K
This is a list of issuers with top interest rates. The issuer’s Financial Strength Rating is an independent, unbiased evaluation of quarterly regulatory statements. Institutions are assigned a letter grade of A-E with “A” representing the highest rating based on a review of many aspects of financial safety including capitalization, asset quality, profitability and liquidity. For more information, visit www.weissratings.com/help/what-our-ratings-mean.aspx.  Information is believed to be accurate, but not guaranteed.

Money Market Financial Strength Rating Minimum to Earn Interest
($)
APY
(%)
First NBC Bank B- 10000 1.260
504-671-3550
http://www.firstnbcbank.com
Doral Bank D- 5000 0.940
212-584-6820
http://www.doralbankny.com
Sallie Mae Bank A- 1 0.900
801-281-1423
http://www.salliemaebank.com
Mercantil Commercebank, National Association C 10000 0.900
305-460-8701
http://www.mercantilcb.com
Ally Bank B+ 1 0.840
877-247-2559
www.ally.com
1 Month CD Financial Strength Rating Minimum to Earn Interest
($)
APY
(%)
Carter Bank & Trust C+ 2500 0.500
276-632-2901
http://www.carterbankandtrust.com
Beal Bank USA B- 1000 0.400
702-598-3500
http://www.bealbank.com
Umbrellabank.com C 1000 0.400
866-862-7355
http://www.umbrellabank.com
Beal Bank, SSB C 1000 0.400
469-467-5000
www.bealbank.com
Merchants Bank of Indiana A- 1 0.350
317-805-4300
http://www.merchantsbankofindiana.com
3 Month CD Financial Strength Rating Minimum to Earn Interest
($)
APY
(%)
Beal Bank USA B- 1000 0.510
702-598-3500
http://www.bealbank.com
Umbrellabank.com C 1000 0.510
866-862-7355
http://www.umbrellabank.com
Institution for Savings In Newburyport B 1 0.500
978-462-3106
http://www.institutionforsavings.com
Doral Bank D- 500 0.500
850-914-2525
http://www.doralbankflorida.com
FirstBank Florida D+ 1000 0.500
305-740-9522
http://www.firstbankfla.com
6 Month CD Financial Strength Rating Minimum to Earn Interest
($)
APY
(%)
Doral Bank D- 500 1.000
212-584-6820
http://www.doralbankny.com
CapitalSource Bank B+ 10000 0.800
888-433-4272
http://www.capitalsourcebank.com
Beal Bank USA B- 1000 0.750
702-598-3500
http://www.bealbank.com
Discover Bank C+ 2500 0.650
888-765-6654
http://www.discoverbank.com
VirtualBank B- 10000 0.650
561-776-8860
http://www.virtualbank.com
1 Year CD Financial Strength Rating Minimum to Earn Interest
($)
APY
(%)
Doral Bank D- 500 1.200
212-584-6820
http://www.doralbankny.com
Beal Bank USA B- 1000 1.110
786-347-3601
http://www.bealbank.com
CapitalSource Bank B+ 10000 1.010
888-433-4272
http://www.capitalsourcebank.com
Nationwide Bank B+ 10000 0.960
614-249-6226
http://www.nationwide.com
Ally Bank B+ 1 0.940
877-247-2559
www.ally.com
2 Year CD Financial Strength Rating Minimum to Earn Interest
($)
APY
(%)
Doral Bank D- 500 1.450
212-584-6820
http://www.doralbankny.com
Emigrant Bank C+ 1000 1.150
212-850-4521
http://www.emigrant.com
First Republic Bank B+ 5000 1.150
415-392-1400
http://www.firstrepublic.com
CapitalSource Bank B+ 10000 1.150
888-433-4272
http://www.capitalsourcebank.com
Nationwide Bank B+ 10000 1.150
614-249-6226
http://www.nationwide.com
3 Year CD Financial Strength Rating Minimum to Earn Interest
($)
APY
(%)
First NBC Bank B- 10000 1.820
504-671-3550
http://www.firstnbcbank.com
Doral Bank D- 500 1.600
212-584-6820
http://www.doralbankny.com
Boiling Springs Savings Bank C 1000 1.500
201-939-6600
http://www.bssbank.com
Community Bank C+ 1000 1.400
800-239-9427
http://www.dodcommunitybank.com
Emigrant Bank C+ 1000 1.400
212-850-4521
http://www.emigrant.com
4 Year CD Financial Strength Rating Minimum to Earn Interest
($)
APY
(%)
Institution for Savings In Newburyport B 1 2.000
978-462-3106
http://www.institutionforsavings.com
Boiling Springs Savings Bank C 1000 1.750
201-939-6600
http://www.bssbank.com
Doral Bank D- 500 1.650
212-584-6820
http://www.doralbankny.com
Emigrant Bank C+ 1000 1.650
212-850-4521
http://www.emigrant.com
Intervest National Bank C 2500 1.600
212-218-8383
http://www.intervestnatbank.com
5 Year CD Financial Strength Rating Minimum to Earn Interest
($)
APY
(%)
Institution for Savings In Newburyport B 1 2.000
978-462-3106
http://www.institutionforsavings.com
Hingham Institution for Savings B 500 2.000
781-749-2200
http://www.hinghamsavings.com
Boiling Springs Savings Bank C 1000 2.000
201-939-6600
http://www.bssbank.com
First Republic Bank B+ 5000 2.000
415-392-1400
http://www.firstrepublic.com
First NBC Bank B- 10000 1.970
504-671-3550
http://www.firstnbcbank.com

Financial Strength Rating: A=Excellent, B=Good, C=Fair, D=Weak, E=Very Weak
Plus sign “+” = top of range, Minus sign “-” = bottom of range

Data is surveyed weekly with averages calculated each Monday afternoon from RateWatch’s unbiased national interest rate survey of over 96,000 financial institution locations across the United States.

About RateWatchFor over 20 years, RateWatch has been the premier provider of competitive interest rate and product information to financial institutions across the United States.  Consistently providing top quality, highly relevant data RateWatch maintains the largest database in the industry with deposit, loan, and fee information monitoring over 96,000 locations. Rate surveys, product comparisons, financial strength reporting, local/regional/national averages, fee reporting, specialty reports and more are available.  To learn more about RateWatch, visit www.rate-watch.com.  RateWatch is a division of TheStreet, Inc.

About TheStreet
TheStreet, Inc. (www.t.st) is the leading independent digital financial media company providing business and financial news, investing ideas and analysis to personal and institutional investors worldwide.  The Company’s portfolio of business and personal finance brands includes: TheStreet, RealMoney, RealMoney Pro, Stockpickr, Action Alerts PLUS, Options Profits, MainStreet and RateWatch. To learn more, visit www.thestreet.com.  The Deal, the Company’s institutional business, provides intraday coverage of mergers and acquisitions and all other changes in corporate control.  To learn more, visit www.thedeal.com.

Contact:

Emily Schneider
TheStreet, Inc.
212-321-5521
emily.schneider@thestreet.com

Joe Deaux
TheStreet, Inc.
212-321-5086
joseph.deaux@thestreet.com

SOURCE:

TheStreet, Inc.
http://www.thestreet.com

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Edmunds.com Advises Graduates and Other First-Time Car Buyers

Edmunds.com is a car-shopping Web site committed to helping people find the car that meets their every need. Almost 18 million visitors use our research, shopping and buying tools every month to make an easy and informed decision on their next new …

SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 21, 2013, College graduates are finally out on their own (even if they’ve temporarily moved back in with mom and dad), and many of them will find themselves faced with buying a new car for the first time. Luckily, there are several resources that can help make a new car purchase go as smoothly as possible.

Edmunds.com, the premier resource for car shopping and automotive information, offers the following:

1) Edmunds.com‘s Live Advice Line provides free, unbiased automotive expertise and friendly advice as consumers navigate the research and purchase of their cars. No other service offers personalized, comprehensive and objective guidance for car buyers without trying to sell you something. Think of it as a faculty adviser guiding you all the way to graduation. Edmunds.com‘s Live Advice is available through online chat (http://www.edmunds.com/cars/live-advice-line.html), over the phone (1-888-767-7131) or on Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/EdmundsLive).

2) Need to cram for your new car purchase? Edmunds.com has a CliffsNotes-like approach to buying a new car with its Guide for First-Time New-Car Buyers (http://www.edmunds.com/car-buying/first-time-new-car-buyer-guide.html). The guide is organized into nine steps that walk buyers through a smooth but comprehensive sales process, from “How Much Car Can I Afford?” to “Secrets of a Professional Negotiator.”

3) With so many choices available in the new car market, college grads might not know where to start. Edmunds.com‘s readers offer their recommendations in Consumers’ Favorites: Best Cars for College Graduates (http://www.edmunds.com/car-reviews/consumers-favorites/best-cars-for-college-graduates-2013.html).

In recent years, some reports questioned whether young people were likely to buy cars at the same rate as past generations.

However, “improving income and employment, more household formations, and increased consumer confidence all contributed to the recent boost in car buying among the Millennial Generation,” noted Edmunds.com Chief Economist Lacey Plache, PhD, in her report Millennials Take the Wheel at http://www.edmunds.com/industry-center/commentary/millennials-take-the-wheel.html.  “While economic challenges remain, improving fundamentals indicate this generation — long feared to be uninterested in driving and cars — could finally be joining the ranks of new car buyers in earnest.”

About Edmunds.com, Inc.
Edmunds.com is a car-shopping Web site committed to helping people find the car that meets their every need. Almost 18 million visitors use our research, shopping and buying tools every month to make an easy and informed decision on their next new or used car. Whether you’re at the dealership or on the go, we’re always by your
side with our acclaimed Edmunds.com iPhone and iPad apps and our Edmunds.com Android App. Our comprehensive car reviews, shopping tips, photos, videos and feature stories offer a friendly and authentic approach to the automotive world. We’re based in Santa Monica, Calif., but you can connect with us from anywhere by following @Edmunds on Twitter or by becoming a fan of Edmunds.com on Facebook.

Contact:
Jeannine Fallon/Aaron Lewis/Stephanie Mar
Edmunds.com Corporate Communications
www.Edmunds.com
Media Hotline: 310-309-4900
pr@edmunds.com

SOURCE:

Edmunds.com

 

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118 Experts Predict Annual Home Value Growth To Exceed Pre-Bubble Rates Over Next Five Years

Survey Benchmark Changes; Path of U.S. Zillow Home Value Index Predicted to Show Cumulative 22 Percent Increase Through 2017

SEATTLE, March 18, 2013, A nationwide panel of more than 100 professional forecasters expects home values to end 2013 up an average of 4.6 percent and rise cumulatively by 22 percent, on average, over the next five years, according to the first quarter Zillow® Home Price Expectations Survey. Additionally, a majority of panelists indicated support for policies that would allow certain underwater homeowners to refinance at today’s low rates.

The survey of 118 economists, real estate experts and investment and market strategists was sponsored by leading real estate information marketplace Zillow, Inc. (NASDAQ: Z) and conducted by Pulsenomics LLC. This is the first survey edition that utilized the U.S. Zillow Home Value Index (ZHVI)[i] as the reference benchmark for the panel’s home price expectations[ii].

Survey respondents predicted home values will rise another 4.2 percent on average in 2014, before moderating somewhat to annual appreciation rates between 3.6 percent and 3.8 percent for 2015, 2016 and 2017. On average, panelists predicted home values to rise 4.1 percent annually from 2013 through 2017, exceeding the pre-housing bubble (1987-1999) average annual appreciation rate of 3.6 percent. This is the first time the predicted average annual growth rate for the next five years has surpassed pre-bubble levels since the survey’s inception three years ago.

“The panel is quite bullish on home prices near-term, considering a pre-bubble average appreciation rate of 3.6 percent per year,” said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Stan Humphries. “That said, their expectations are a bit shy of the home value gains of 5.5 percent that we saw in 2012, implying some moderation in the pace of gains. The panel expectations are consistent with continued strong home value growth this year fueled by tighter-than-normal inventory of for-sale homes and robust demand attributable to high affordability and a stronger general economy.”

The most optimistic quartile[iii] of panelists predicted a 6.1 percent increase in home values in 2013, on average, while the most pessimistic[iv] predicted an average increase of 3 percent. Through 2017, panelists predicted cumulative home value changes of 22 percent, on average. Expectations for cumulative home value change projections ranged from 34.2 percent among the most optimistic quartile to 11.7 percent among the most pessimistic, on average.

GSE Wind-Down Period and Refinance Options For Underwater Borrowers

The first quarter 2013 Zillow Home Price Expectations Survey asked the panel to indicate their view of a reasonable timeframe for “winding-down” government sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; and to weigh in on the debate over the merits of providing new refinancing options to underwater homeowners who are current on their mortgage payments.

The majority of panelists (59 percent) indicated that a reasonable and appropriate timeframe for winding-down the GSEs is within the next five years. On the opposite ends of the spectrum, 13 percent suggested a timeframe within the next two years, and 10 percent said they believe a period of more than 10 years is sensible.

Existing proposals that would facilitate refinancing of certain underwater borrowers include the Responsible Homeowner Refinancing Act of 2012, sponsored by Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), and the Rebuilding Equity Act sponsored by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.). The majority of respondents said they supported these types of policy initiatives.

“More than four of every five supporters of these refinancing proposals said they believe that borrowers who have demonstrated an ability to make their payments in recent years would pose little or no incremental risk to taxpayers if they refinanced. Two-thirds of supporters said they believe that the lower monthly payments would create a significant stimulus for the economy,” said Terry Loebs , founder of Pulsenomics LLC. “But the 41 percent of panel respondents who do not support these plans also hold strong views. More than two-thirds of them said they believe that rewriting loan contracts is bad policy in general, and that lowered monthly payments for borrowers ultimately translate into taxpayer and investor losses.”

Additional details regarding this portion of the survey are available at www.pulsenomics.com.

This is the 17th edition of the Home Price Expectations Survey. It was conducted from Feb. 22, 2013 through March 7, 2013 by Pulsenomics LLC on behalf of Zillow, Inc.

For full survey results and graphics, please visit Zillow Real Estate Research or www.pulsenomics.com.

About Zillow:
Zillow, Inc. (NASDAQ: Z) operates the largest home-related marketplaces on mobile and the Web, with a complementary portfolio of brands and products that help people find vital information about homes, and connect with the best local professionals. In addition, Zillow operates an industry-leading economics and analytics bureau led by Zillow’s Chief Economist Dr. Stan Humphries. Dr. Humphries and his team of economists and data analysts produce extensive housing data and research covering more than 350 markets at Zillow Real Estate Research. Zillow also sponsors the quarterly Zillow Home Price Expectations Survey, which asks more than 100 leading economists, real estate experts and investment and market strategists to predict the path of the Zillow Home Value Index over the next five years. The Zillow, Inc. portfolio includes Zillow.com®, Zillow Mobile, Zillow Mortgage Marketplace, Zillow Rentals, Zillow Digs™, Postlets®, Diverse Solutions®, Buyfolio™, Mortech™ and HotPads™. The company is headquartered in Seattle.

Zillow.com, Zillow, Zestimate, Postlets and Diverse Solutions are registered trademarks of Zillow, Inc. Buyfolio, Mortech, HotPads and Digs are trademarks of Zillow, Inc.

About Pulsenomics:
Pulsenomics LLC is an independent research and consulting firm that specializes in data analytics, new product and index development for institutional clients in the financial and real estate arenas. Pulsenomics also designs and manages expert surveys and consumer polls to identify trends and expectations that are relevant to effective business management and monitoring economic health.

[i] 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. It is expressed in dollars, and seasonally adjusted.
[ii] Previously, the survey benchmark was the S&P/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index (single-family properties, not seasonally-adjusted). For a summary comparison of the survey benchmarks prepared by Pulsenomics, please click here.
[iii] Based on the 25 percent most optimistic panelists in terms of cumulative home price change through 2017.
[iv] Based on the 25 percent most pessimistic panelists in terms of cumulative home price change through 2017.

SOURCE:

Zillow, Inc.

 

 

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Just Over Half of Americans Have More Emergency Savings Than Credit Card Debt

NEW YORK, Feb. 25, 2013, Only 55% of Americans have more emergency savings than credit card debt, according to research published today by Bankrate.com (NYSE: RATE). Last year, Bankrate found that 54% of Americans had more emergency savings than credit card debt; the figure was 52% in 2011.

“Consumers may be deleveraging, but the proportion of people with more emergency savings than credit card debt hasn’t changed much,” said Greg McBride , CFA, Bankrate.com’s senior financial analyst. “Given the poll’s 3.5% margin of error, one can make the argument that consumers haven’t moved the needle at all over the past 24 months.”

Bankrate also announced that its Financial Security Index dropped from 98.6 in January to 96.8 in February, surrendering most of the improvement that took place from December to January. A reading of 100 means consumers’ feelings of financial security are unchanged from one year ago; the index has been below 100 – indicative of deteriorating financial security – in 25 of the 27 months since its inception.

Thanks to rebounding home prices and the buoyant stock market, net worth was the only component to improve from January to February. Job security, savings, debt and overall financial situation all declined. When consumers were asked whether they are feeling better, worse or about the same now versus one year ago, net worth was also the only component to register in positive territory. Among the highest-income households (income of $75,000 per year or more), all five components declined over the past month.

The survey was conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International (PSRAI) and can be seen in its entirety here:

http://www.bankrate.com/finance/consumer-index/financial-security-charts-0213.aspx

PSRAI obtained telephone interviews with a nationally representative sample of 1,004 adults living in the continental United States. Interviews were conducted by landline (500) and cell phone (504, including 254 without a landline phone) in English by Princeton Data Source from February 7-10, 2013. Statistical results are weighted to correct known demographic discrepancies. The margin of sampling error for the complete set of weighted data is plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

About Bankrate, Inc.

Bankrate is a leading publisher, aggregator, and distributor of personal finance content on the Internet. Bankrate provides consumers with proprietary, fully researched, comprehensive, independent and objective personal finance editorial content across multiple vertical categories including mortgages, deposits, insurance, credit cards, and other categories, such as retirement, automobile loans, and taxes. The Bankrate network includes Bankrate.com, our flagship website, and other owned and operated personal finance websites, including CreditCards.com, Interest.com, Bankaholic.com, Mortgage-calc.com, CreditCardGuide.com, Nationwide Card Services, InsuranceQuotes.com, CarInsuranceQuotes.com, InsureMe, Bankrate.com.cn, CreditCards.ca, NetQuote.com, and CD.com. Bankrate aggregates rate information from over 4,800 institutions on more than 300 financial products. With coverage of nearly 600 local markets in all 50 U.S. states, Bankrate generates over 172,000 distinct rate tables capturing on average over three million pieces of information daily. Bankrate develops and provides web services to over 80 co-branded websites with online partners, including some of the most trusted and frequently visited personal finance sites on the Internet such as Yahoo!, AOL, CNBC, and Bloomberg. In addition, Bankrate licenses editorial content to over 500 newspapers on a daily basis including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Boston Globe.

For more information:

Ted Rossman
Public Relations Manager
Bankrate, Inc.
ted.rossman@bankrate.com
(917) 368-8635

SOURCE:

Bankrate, Inc.
http://www.bankrate.com

 

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Nearly 2 Million American Homeowners Freed From Negative Equity In 2012

Phoenix, Los Angeles and Miami Metros Had Most Homeowners Freed Last Year, According to Zillow; At Least 1 Million Additional Homeowners Nationwide Expected To Be Freed In 2013

SEATTLE, Feb. 21, 2013, Negative equity continued to fall in the fourth quarter of 2012, dropping to 27.5 percent of all homeowners with a mortgage, compared with 31.1 percent one year ago, according to the fourth quarter Zillow® Negative Equity Reporti. Almost 2 million American homeowners were freed from negative equity over the course of the year.

Approximately 13.8 million homeowners with a mortgage were in negative equity, or “underwater,” at the end of the fourth quarter, owing more on their mortgages than their homes are worth. That was down from 15.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. American homeowners with a mortgage were collectively underwater by more than $1 trillion at the end of 2012.

In 2012, national home values rose 5.9 percent year-over-year, according to the Zillow Home Value Index (ZHVI)ii, to a median value of $157,400. This jump in home values, coupled with sustained high foreclosure rates, were the main drivers for receding negative equity. Among the nation’s 30 largest metro areas, those with the highest number of homeowners freed from negative equity last year were Phoenix (135,099 homeowners freed in 2012); Los Angeles (72,936 homeowners freed in 2012); Miami-Fort Lauderdale (70,484 homeowners freed in 2012); Dallas-Fort Worth (59,461 homeowners freed in 2012); and Riverside, Calif. (58,417 homeowners freed in 2012).

New this quarter, the Zillow Negative Equity Forecastiii predicts the negative equity rate among all homeowners with a mortgage will fall to at least 25.5 percent by the fourth quarter of 2013, freeing more than 999,000 additional homeowners nationwide. Of the 30 largest metro areas, the majority of these newly freed homeowners are anticipated to come from: Los Angeles (72,696 homeowners freed in 2013); Riverside (62,407 homeowners freed in 2013); Phoenix (43,044 homeowners freed in 2013); Sacramento (33,356 homeowners freed in 2013); and Dallas-Fort Worth (31,434 homeowners freed in 2013).

Zillow forecasts negative equity by applying anticipated appreciation or depreciation rates to a home, according to the most current metro and national Zillow Home Value Forecasts, and by assuming all other factors remain constant.

“As home values continue to rise and more homeowners are pulled out of negative equity in 2013, the positive effects on the housing market will be numerous. Freed from negative equity, homeowners will have more flexibility, and some will likely choose to list their home for sale, helping to ease inventory constraints and moderating sometimes dramatic, demand-driven price increases in some markets,” said Zillow Chief Economist Dr. Stan Humphries . “But negative equity is still very high, and millions of homeowners have a very long way to go to get back above water, even with current robust levels of home value appreciation in most areas. As a result, negative equity will remain a major factor in the market for the foreseeable future.”

These results are from the fourth quarter edition of the Zillow Negative Equity Report, which looks at current outstanding loan amounts for individual owner-occupied homes and compares them to those homes’ current estimated values. Loan data is provided by TransUnion®, a global leader in credit and information management. This is the only report that uses current outstanding loan balances on all mortgages when calculating negative equity. Other reports estimate current outstanding loan balance based on the most recent loan on a property (i.e., the original loan amount at time of purchase or refinance).

Metropolitan Area

Q4 2012: % of Homeowners w/ Mortgages in Negative Equity

# of Homeowners Freed From Negative Equity in 2012

Q4 2013: Forecasted Negative Equity Rate

Minimum # of Homeowners Expected to be Freed From Negative   Equity in 2013iv

UNITED STATES

27.5%

1,908,732

25.5%

999,601

New York

19.4%

17,394

19.1%

6,513

Los Angeles

24.3%

72,936

20.0%

72,696

Chicago

36.9%

41,208

37.3%

N/A

Dallas-Fort Worth,

Texas

24.2%

59,461

21.3%

31,434

Philadelphia

23.8%

1,462

23.1%

7,356

Washington, DC

28.0%

45,207

25.8%

24,911

Miami-

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

39.6%

70,484

37.0%

23,674

Atlanta

49.5%

49,827

47.9%

17,255

Boston

16.9%

30,495

15.6%

10,765

San Francisco

23.3%

39,496

19.5%

25,776

Detroit

43.4%

57,396

41.4%

17,197

Riverside, Calif.

43.8%

58,417

34.5%

62,407

Phoenix

40.4%

135,099

34.8%

43,044

Seattle

33.5%

32,457

29.9%

23,441

Minneapolis-St. Paul,

Minn.

34.6%

29,518

32.8%

12,808

San Diego

28.3%

31,894

23.4%

22,788

Tampa, Fla.

41.5%

34,359

40.0%

7,775

St. Louis

26.9%

23,348

27.0%

N/A

Baltimore

27.7%

11,529

26.5%

6,265

Denver

20.0%

53,848

18.0%

10,509

Pittsburgh

14.0%

8,767

13.2%

3,403

Portland, Ore.

28.0%

26,355

24.7%

13,799

Sacramento, 

Calif.

41.7%

32,195

32.9%

33,356

Orlando, Fla.

45.3%

32,650

43.3%

7,286

Cincinnati

27.2%

16,034

26.8%

1,830

Cleveland

29.8%

13,818

29.1%

2,965

Las Vegas

59.2%

36,876

56.7%

8,435

San Jose

16.1%

17,330

13.2%

8,062

Columbus

28.8%

19,905

27.7%

3,620

Charlotte

33.0%

13,513

32.9%

325

About Zillow:
Zillow, Inc. (NASDAQ: Z) operates the largest home-related marketplaces on mobile and the Web, with a complementary portfolio of brands and products that help people find vital information about homes, and connect with the best local professionals. In addition, Zillow operates an industry-leading economics and analytics bureau led by Zillow’s Chief Economist Dr. Stan Humphries. Dr. Humphries and his team of economists and data analysts produce extensive housing data and research covering more than 350 markets at Zillow Real Estate Research. The Zillow, Inc. portfolio includes Zillow.com®, Zillow Mobile, Zillow Mortgage Marketplace, Zillow Rentals, Zillow Digs™, Postlets®, Diverse Solutions®, Buyfolio™, Mortech™ and HotPads™. The company is headquartered in Seattle.

Zillow.com, Zillow, Zestimate, Postlets and Diverse Solutions are registered trademarks of Zillow, Inc. Buyfolio, Mortech, HotPads and Digs are trademarks of Zillow, Inc.

TransUnion is a registered trademark of Trans Union LLC.

i The data in the Zillow Negative Equity Report incorporates mortgage data from TransUnion, a global leader in credit and information management, to calculate various statistics. The report includes, but is not limited to, negative equity, loan-to-value ratios, and delinquency rates. To calculate negative equity, the estimated value of a home is matched to all outstanding mortgage debt and lines of credit associated with the home, including home equity lines of credit and home equity loans. All personally identifying information (“PII”) is removed from the data by TransUnion before delivery to Zillow. Overall, this report covers over 800 metros, 2,300 counties, and 22,900 ZIP codes across the nation.

ii 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 includes data from over 80 million homes in almost 3,000 counties and over 850 core-based statistical areas. It is expressed in dollars and is for a particular geographic region.

iii The Zillow Home Value Forecast is a conservative estimate of what negative equity rates will be a year from now. To forecast negative equity, we take the current home value of a house and appreciate it by the Zillow Home Value Forecast (ZHVF) for the MSA in which the home is located. In cases where there is no ZHVF available, we use the historical rate of home appreciation, and for metros that don’t have a historical rate of appreciation we use the historical rate of inflation at the national level. For homes that are not located in a metropolitan area, we use the forecasted national rate of appreciation. To calculate the level of home equity a year from now, we use the forecasted home value and the current outstanding debt balance, where we make no assumptions about a homeowner’s debt level a year from now. We also make no assumptions about foreclosure activity in the coming year. Therefore, this forecast is a very conservative one, as homeowners will likely continue to pay down their debt throughout the year and homes will likely continue to be foreclosed on, and both of these factors will contribute to a lower negative equity rate. The Zillow Negative Equity Forecast can therefore be considered a higher bound estimate of negative equity.

iv Some metro areas may be marked “N/A” in this column. Home values are expected to continue to fall in these metros, which will lead to a net increase in the number of homeowners with a mortgage who are in negative equity. While some homeowners in this metro will be freed from negative equity, we expect more homeowners to enter negative equity in the coming year when looking strictly at home value changes and not considering pay downs in mortgage principal or foreclosure activity.

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Annual Car Sales Strength Expected To Slow Following Three-Year Trend Of Double-Digit Growth, According To Kelley Blue Book Analysts

Industry Sales Will Continue to Outpace Economic Growth; Affordable Pricing and Credit Environment Keeps Consumers Coming Back

IRVINE, California, Feb. 13, 2013, New-vehicle sales are expected to grow nearly 6 percent in 2013 to 15.3 million units overall, breaking the three-year trend of double-digit sales growth that has persisted since 2010, according to Kelley Blue Book www.kbb.com, the leading provider of new and used car information.

“Although the sales pace is expected to slow this year, automakers have demonstrated that they can generate solid profits with sales at current levels, which is a strong indication that they will remain disciplined by continuing to match production to meet demand,” said Alec Gutierrez , senior market analyst of automotive insights for Kelley Blue Book . “Sales growth won’t come easily, especially considering the challenges facing the industry in today’s economy. While economic growth is expected to arrive slowly in 2013, there are several indications that point toward solid auto industry sales growth in the years ahead.”

Among the various factors contributing to the ongoing recovery, Kelley Blue Book believes that pent-up demand, high used-vehicle values, improving credit availability and low interest rates all have played a direct role in the auto industry’s ability to outperform the economy. Each of these factors has been critical to-date and will continue to drive sales this year and beyond.

Kelley Blue Book: New-Car Sales to Hit 15.3 Million Units in 2013

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Annual Sales Volume   (Millions)

16.1

13.2

10.4

11.6

12.8

14.5

15.3

Auto Industry Sales Will Continue to Outpace Economic Growth
The economy has come a long way since nearly collapsing in late 2008, yet a long road to recovery remains. At the depths of the recession in 2009, the unemployment rate hit a 30-year high of 10 percent, new-vehicle sales hit a 30-year low of 10.4 million units, and the Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index hit an all-time low of 25 (for perspective, in 1985 the index was at 100). Some feared the onset of a second Great Depression in 2009, and while a repeat of the 1930s doesn’t appear to be in the cards, the nation still has a long way to go before the economy is completely back on its feet.

Today unemployment remains at an uncomfortably high 7.8 percent, while consumer confidence is below 60, which is notably better than in 2009 but well below the 4.5 percent unemployment rate and 100+ consumer confidence readings from 2007. This is important to note since 2007 was the final year of a 10-year span in which the auto industry consistently posted sales of 16 million units or more. Although the economy has recovered slowly and still has a long way to go before unemployment and consumer confidence are back to levels last seen in 2007, Kelley Blue Book doesn’t see a reason why auto sales cannot continue to outperform the pace of the economic recovery.

“Looking at the historical relationship between unemployment and auto sales from the 1980s through 2007, unemployment would need to be below 6 percent to generate auto sales of 16 million units or more,” said Gutierrez. “According to estimates from the Federal Reserve, unemployment only will drop down to 7.4 percent in 2013 at best; a point that would historically justify sales of only 13 million to 14 million units. However, since 2010, new-car sales have outperformed their traditional relationship with unemployment, which means that sales in excess of 15 million units clearly are attainable.”

Auto sales also have outperformed their historical relationship to consumer confidence by a significant margin. Despite expectations for consumer confidence to remain well below levels historically required to justify sales of 15 million units or more, Kelley Blue Book believes auto sales will continue to grow as predicted provided that consumer confidence remains stable.

Pent-Up Demand Drives Growth Since 2010, Will Persist in 2013
While economic growth has remained relatively weak and only explains part of the auto sales recovery, Kelley Blue Book sees pent-up demand playing a more critical role in the rebirth of the industry. According to Polk, registered vehicles in the United States are 11 years old on average; the oldest ever recorded. The increase in vehicle age can be attributed to two key trends. First, vehicles have grown much older as consumers have opted to hold onto them longer, due to the weakened economy. Consumers have focused on deleveraging after the collapse of the real estate bubble, and unless they require a replacement or the model no longer meets the needs of its owners, many are choosing to hold on to their vehicle rather than acquire additional debt to purchase an all-new vehicle. This leads directly to the second major influence of increased vehicle age, which is improved vehicle quality.

Aging Vehicles to Continue to Generate Demand in 2013

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

Avg. Registered

Vehicle Age

8.9

8.9

9

9.1

9.4

9.5

9.7

9.8

10

10.3

10.6

10.8

Source: Polk

“Vehicles produced during the past few model years are significantly higher in quality than those produced in previous decades,” said Gutierrez. “In the 1990s, consumers came to expect a vehicle produced by a Japanese manufacturer to last 100,000 miles and beyond. Now we can say the same about vehicles produced by all manufacturers. Whether shopping for a Toyota, Honda, Chevrolet, Ford or Hyundai, consumers can be reasonably assured that their vehicle will hit 100,000 miles with ease, and 200,000 miles or more with proper maintenance and care.”

With consumers delaying the purchase of a new vehicle due to economic hardship and improved vehicle quality, Kelley Blue Book expects the average age of vehicles on the road to continue to increase. As vehicles continue to get older and economic conditions slowly improve, buyers are expected to continue to return to market.

Leasing to Aid Sales Growth in 2013
When auto sales hit their low point in 2009, leasing all but dried up. The lack of lease returns during the past several years has played a pivotal role in the used-vehicle supply shortfall that has driven used-vehicle values to record highs. The reduced lease returns also have limited the number of consumers that traditionally would be seeking a new vehicle at the end of their lease term. While this reduced the number of in-market shoppers in recent years, Kelley Blue Book anticipates this trend to begin to reverse in 2013. Leasing bounced back in 2010, increasing nearly 700,000 units year-over-year. Kelley Blue Book believes that the return in leasing will generate as many as 300,000 additional in-market shoppers this year, a number that will increase in 2014 and beyond. With lease returns expected to approach more normal levels during the next few years, Kelley Blue Book anticipates new-vehicle sales to grow and used-vehicle values to soften.

Kelley Blue Book: Increase in Lease Returns to

Drive Boost in Demand for 2013

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

Total

Vehicles

Leased

2,446,569

2,453,189

1,935,910

1,083,619

1,709,149

1,960,128

2,284,800

Source: Kelley Blue Book Automotive Insights

Affordable Pricing and Credit Environment Keeps Consumers Coming Back
Consumers looking to purchase a new vehicle in 2013 will find affordable pricing on some of the best vehicles being produced today. On average, consumers can expect to find new vehicles priced at approximately 94 percent of MSRP, not including incentives. Not only are transaction prices quite favorable for consumers, but interest rates also remain at historically low levels.

“Consumers with a solid credit history should have no trouble obtaining a loan for 3 percent or less for up to 72 months,” said Gutierrez. “Many automakers continue to offer loans of zero percent for up to 60 months, as well as rock-bottom lease payments around $160 per month for a compact and only a few dollars north of $200 per month for a mid-size.”

Leases accounted for approximately 18 percent of all vehicles sold in 2012, returning to levels regularly seen prior to the collapse in industry sales in 2009. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke indicated that interest rates will remain near zero through at least 2015, so consumers looking for a new vehicle can expect to find affordable pricing on new models for several years to come.

The affordability of new vehicles has been made even more attractive by the high values maintained by used cars. Although approximately 8 percent below the all-time highs seen in 2011, late-model used-car values remain uncomfortably close to new-car transaction prices, influencing many consumers to purchase new rather than used. This phenomenon is most pronounced for high-demand vehicles such as subcompact, compact and mid-size cars. These vehicles all have been significantly upgraded in recent years and generate excellent fuel economy for an affordable price. As a result, they have maintained extraordinarily strong values in the used-car market. In fact, the difference between a five-year payment on a new car and a 1- to 2-year-old used model is as little as $30 per month apart in some cases. Kelley Blue Book expects used-car values to continue to ease from current highs, so this phenomenon likely will play less of a role in the years ahead.

Kelley Blue Book: New-Car Pricing Remains

Near Used-Car Pricing

MY2013
(New)

MY 2012 (Used)

MY2011

MY2010

MY2009

MY2008

Average Monthly

Payment for a Compact

$335

$302

$280

$253

$224

$202

Source: Kelley Blue Book Automotive Insights

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About Kelley Blue Book (www.kbb.com)
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Jewelers To The Royals Since 1890 Launch Diamondere

BY ELIMINATING MIDDLEMEN, EVERYONE GETS ROYAL TREATMENT AT AFFORDABLE PRICES

PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 24, 2013, Jewelry is in the very DNA of Anish Godha , 23 and Varun Godha, 28. The recent entrepreneurial graduates of Stanford and Cornell are finally providing public access to their family’s 122 years of jewelry design and manufacturing with the launch of Diamondere.com, an affordable made-to-order fine jewelry e-commerce platform. In the past, their family focused exclusively on signature jewelry for the royals, dignitaries, and celebrities, which required significant personalization. With the surge of technological innovations like 3D printing and computer-aided design (CAD), the Diamondere platform now offers the same level of individual attention for rings, bracelets, earrings, necklaces and cufflinks to everyone.

For any design, buyers can choose from a variety of colored diamonds, colored gemstones, precious metals and engrave their purchases for free – all online and instant. Unlike its competitors, because the firm manufactures and distributes the jewelry itself, there are no middlemen and Diamondere can guarantee prices at least 30% lower than other online retailers and at least 50% lower than traditional retail. Some designs featuring colored gemstones like rubies, emeralds and sapphires are priced up to 75% lower than traditional retailers since the family procures the best gemstones themselves!

“Jewelry is a deeply personal and timeless asset. Diamondere enables customers to tell their own story with made-to-order, signature jewelry at a fraction of the price charged by others,” states Anish.

What makes Diamondere different from its competitors? Representing over 7 generations of designers, their personal library features more than 65,000 jewelry designs, out of which about 600 have been handpicked for the site. Each of these designs can be treated as templates. For instance, the same ring design that costs $15,000 with a diamond will cost $1,500 with a sapphire.

Customers can also work with the Diamondere Design Team to make further modifications to any design or even submit their own creations to be manufactured.

Besides the obvious savings to customers, Anish’s father continues the family’s tradition of personally searching throughout the world to find the best stones mined at the most affordable prices. This gives the customer a vast range of colored diamonds and colored gemstones in addition to the traditional white diamond, which is also offered.

Before Diamondere, a person had to be a Royal to have this level of personalized jewelry… now with Diamondere everyone gets the Royal treatment!

http://www.Diamondere.com

Contact: Kelly Fogelman Group 415 388 8009

Michele Kelly mkelly@kfgroup.net, Ed Fogelman ed@kfgroup.net

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