U.S. home prices up 5.9%, rent fees up slightly, says Zillow by Jim Townsend in Real Estate 22 Jan 2013 According to Zillow U.S. home values increased 5.9 percent in 2012, the result of four quarters of steady upturns. 2013 is looking positive as well, though the rate of increase will fall. Rental prices inched up a tiny bit. Here's the Zillow announcement: National Home Values Rose 5.9 Percent in 2012, But High Growth Rate Likely Unsustainable &nbThis article is only available to AIM Group clients. Please subscribe now or log in to view. Share u.s. home pricesU.S. rentszillow Jim Townsend Jim Townsend, editorial director and a principal of the AIM Group, is a career journalist, consultant and interactive media pioneer with more than 35 years of experience in news management. Townsend joined the AIM Group in 2001 as an analyst and consultant and became a part-owner in 2003. He is based in Houston. He leads a global team of analysts who report media industry trends in North and South America, Europe, India, Asia, Australia and other countries in the Pacific Rim.