Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Case-Shiller: House Prices increased 0.5% year-over-year in June

by Bill McBride on 8/28/2012 09:00:00 AM

S&P/Case-Shiller released the monthly Home Price Indices for June (a 3 month average of April, May and June).

This release includes prices for 20 individual cities, two composite indices (for 10 cities and 20 cities) and the quarterly national index.

Note: Case-Shiller reports NSA, I use the SA data.

From S&P: Home Prices Rose in the Second Quarter of 2012 According to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices

Data through June 2012, released today by S&P Dow Jones Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices ... showed that all three headline composites ended the second quarter of 2012 with positive annual growth rates for the first time since the summer of 2010. The national composite was up 1.2% in the second quarter of 2012 versus the second quarter of 2011, and was up 6.9% versus the first quarter of 2012. The 10- and 20-City Composites posted respective annual returns of +0.1% and +0.5% in June 2012. Month-over-month, average home prices in the 10-City Composite were up 2.2% and in the 20-City Composite were up 2.3% versus May. For the second consecutive month, all 20 cities and both Composites recorded positive monthly gains. Eighteen of the 20 MSAs and both Composites posted better annual returns in June as compared to May 2012 – only Charlotte and Dallas saw a deceleration in their annual rates.
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“Home prices gained in the second quarter,” says David M. Blitzer, Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices. “In this month’s report all three composites and all 20 cities improved both in June and through the entire second quarter of 2012. All 20 cities and both monthly Composites rose for the second consecutive month. It would have been a third consecutive month had we not seen home prices fall in Detroit back in April."
Case-Shiller House Prices Indices Click on graph for larger image.

The first graph shows the nominal seasonally adjusted Composite 10 and Composite 20 indices (the Composite 20 was started in January 2000).

The Composite 10 index is off 32.0% from the peak, and up 1.0% in June (SA). The Composite 10 is up 3.5% from the post bubble low set in March (SA).

The Composite 20 index is off 31.6% from the peak, and up 0.9% (SA) in June. The Composite 20 is up 3.6% from the post-bubble low set in March (SA).

Case-Shiller House Prices Indices The second graph shows the Year over year change in both indices.

The Composite 10 SA is up 0.1% compared to June 2011.

The Composite 20 SA is up 0.5% compared to June 2011. This was the first year-over-year since 2010 (when the tax credit boosted prices temporarily).

The third graph shows the price declines from the peak for each city included in S&P/Case-Shiller indices.

Case-Shiller Price Declines Prices increased (SA) in 18 of the 20 Case-Shiller cities in June seasonally adjusted (all 20 cities increased NSA). Prices in Las Vegas are off 60.0% from the peak, and prices in Dallas only off 6.0% from the peak. Note that the red column (cumulative decline through June 2012) is above previous declines for all cities.

This was better than the consensus forecast and the change to a year-over-year increase is significant. I'll have more on prices later.

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