Tuesday, July 07, 2020

CoreLogic: House Prices up 4.8% Year-over-year in May

by Calculated Risk on 7/07/2020 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: Prepare for a Cooldown: CoreLogic Reports Home Prices Were Up in May, but Could Slump Over the Summer

Nationally, home prices increased by 4.8%, compared with May 2019. Home prices increased 0.7% in May 2020 compared with April of this year.

Strong home purchase demand in the first quarter of 2020, coupled with tightening supply, has helped prop up home prices through the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. However, the anticipated impacts of the recession are beginning to appear across the housing market. Despite new contract signings rising year over year in May, home price growth is expected to stall in June and remain that way throughout the summer. CoreLogic HPI Forecast predicts a month-over-month price decrease of 0.1% in June and a year-over-year decline of 6.6% by May 2021.

Unlike the Great Recession, the current economic downturn is not driven by the housing market, which continues to post gains in many parts of the country. While activity up until now suggests the housing market will eventually bounce back, the forecasted decline in home prices will largely be due to elevated unemployment rates. This prediction is exacerbated by the recent spike in COVID-19 cases across the country.
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CR Note: The overall impact on house prices will depend on the duration of the crisis.