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Home Prices Hit 20-month High

Home Prices Hit 20-month HighRising Property Values

FNC’s latest Residential Price Index™ (RPI) indicates that U.S. property values continue to rise. Home prices reached a 20-month high following a robust spring/summer homebuying season. In August, home prices rose for the sixth consecutive month, consistent with signs of strengthening market conditions that are led by rising existing-home sales and declining foreclosure activities. Foreclosure sales, down from 23 percent a year ago to 17.4 percent in August, continue to play out favorably on current price trends.

Nationwide, August home prices – based on recorded sales of non-distressed properties (existing and new homes) in the 100 largest metropolitan areas – were up at a seasonally unadjusted rate of 0.3 percent from the previous month. On a year-over-year basis, home prices rose 1.5 percent from August 2011. Year to date, home prices were up nearly 5.0 percent from January.

FNC’s RPI is the industry’s first hedonic price index built on a comprehensive database that blends public records of residential sales prices with real-time appraisals of property and neighborhood attributes. As a gauge of underlying home value, the RPI excludes sales of foreclosed homes, which are frequently sold with large price discounts reflecting poor property conditions.

All three FNC RPI composites (the National, 30-MSA, and 10-MSA indices) show similar up-trend, rising month-to-month for six consecutive months since March. There are signs that the upward momentum subsided somewhat in August, with the two broader indices up only 0.2-0.3 percent from July. On a year-over-year basis, home prices nationwide strengthened Read the rest of this entry »

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