Friday, November 16, 2012

FNC: Residential Property Values increased 2.3% year-over-year in September

by Bill McBride on 11/16/2012 01:39:00 PM

In addition to Case-Shiller, CoreLogic, and LPS, I'm also watching the FNC, Zillow and several other house price indexes.

FNC released their September index data today. FNC reported that their Residential Price Index™ (RPI) indicates that U.S. residential property values were unchanged in September from August (Composite 100 index, not seasonally adjusted). The other RPIs (10-MSA, 20-MSA, 30-MSA) increased between 0.2% and 0.4% in September. These indexes are not seasonally adjusted (NSA), and are for non-distressed home sales (excluding foreclosure auction sales, REO sales, and short sales).

Since these indexes are NSA, the month-to-month changes will probably turn negative in October. The key is to watch the year-over-year change and also to compare the month-to-month change to previous years.

The year-over-year trends continued to show improvement in September, with the 100-MSA composite up 2.3% compared to September 2011. The FNC index turned positive on a year-over-year basis in July - that was the first year-over-year increase in the FNC index since year-over-year prices started declining in early 2007 (over five years ago).

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This graph is based on the FNC index (four composites) through September 2012. The FNC indexes are hedonic price indexes using a blend of sold homes and real-time appraisals.

The key is the indexes are now showing a year-over-year increase.

The September Case-Shiller index will be released on Tuesday, November 27th.

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