Monday, June 18, 2012

FNC: Residential Property Values increase 0.6% in April

by Calculated Risk on 6/18/2012 12:47:00 PM

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

FNC released their April index data today. FNC reported that their Residential Price Index™ (RPI) indicates that U.S. residential property values increased 0.6% in April (Composite 100 index). The other RPIs (10-MSA, 20-MSA, 30-MSA) increased about 1.0% in April. These indices are not seasonally adjusted (NSA), and are for non-distressed home sales (excluding foreclosure auction sales, REO sales, and short sales).

The year-over-year trends continued to show improvement in April, with all four composite indexes down about 2.4% compared to April 2011. For the 10, 20, and 30 city indexes, this is the smallest year-over-year decline in the FNC index since 2007 (five years ago).

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

Some of the month-to-month gain is seasonal since this index is NSA. The key is the indexes are showing less of a year-over-year decline in April. If house prices have bottomed, the year-over-year decline should turn positive later this year or early in 2013.

The April Case-Shiller index will be released next Tuesday, June 26th.