Tuesday, July 03, 2018

CoreLogic: House Prices up 7.1% Year-over-year in May

by Bill McBride on 7/03/2018 08:00:00 AM

Notes: This CoreLogic House Price Index report is for May. The recent Case-Shiller index release was for April. The CoreLogic HPI is a three month weighted average and is not seasonally adjusted (NSA).

From CoreLogic: CoreLogic Reports May Home Prices Increased by 7.1 Percent, Consumers Express Desire to Buy Despite High Prices

CoreLogic® ... today released the CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI™) and HPI Forecast for May 2018, which shows home prices rose both year over year and month over month. Home prices increased nationally by 7.1 percent year over year from May 2017 to May 2018. On a month-over-month basis, prices increased by 1.1 percent in May 2018 – compared with April 2018 – according to the CoreLogic HPI.

Looking ahead, the CoreLogic HPI Forecast indicates that the national home-price index is projected to continue to increase by 5.1 percent on a year-over-year basis from May 2018 to May 2019. On a month-over-month basis, home prices are expected to rise 0.3 percent in June 2018. The CoreLogic HPI Forecast is a projection of home prices that is calculated using the CoreLogic HPI and other economic variables. Values are derived from state-level forecasts by weighting indices according to the number of owner-occupied households for each state.

“The lean supply of homes for sale is leading to higher sales prices and fewer days on market, and the supply shortage is more acute for entry-level homes,” said Dr. Frank Nothaft, chief economist for CoreLogic. “During the first quarter, we found that about 50 percent of all existing homeowners had a mortgage rate of 3.75 percent or less. May’s mortgage rates averaged a seven-year high of 4.6 percent, with an increasing number of homeowners keeping the low-rate loans they currently have, rather than sell and buy another home that would carry a higher interest rate.”
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CR Note: The CoreLogic YoY increase has been in the 5% to 7% range for the last few years.  This is at the top end of that range.  The year-over-year comparison has been positive for over six consecutive years since turning positive year-over-year in February 2012.