Thursday, July 19, 2012

FNC: Residential Property Values increased 0.6% in May

by Calculated Risk on 7/19/2012 04:04:00 PM

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

FNC released their May index data today. FNC reported that their Residential Price Index™ (RPI) indicates that U.S. residential property values increased 0.6% in May (Composite 100 index). The other RPIs (10-MSA, 20-MSA, 30-MSA) increased between 0.5% and 0.8% in May. These indexes 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 May, with all four composite indexes down 1.8% to 2.1% compared to May 2011. For all the indexes, this is the smallest year-over-year decline in the FNC index since year-over-year prices started falling in 2007 (five years ago).

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This graph is based on the FNC index (four composites) through May 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 May. If house prices have bottomed, the year-over-year decline should turn positive later this year or early in 2013.

The May Case-Shiller index will be released Tuesday, July 31st.

Earlier on Existing Home Sales:
Existing Home Sales in June: 4.37 million SAAR, 6.6 months of supply
Existing Home Sales: Inventory and NSA Sales Graph
Existing Home Sales graphs