Econintersect: CoreLogic’s Home Price Index (HPI) shows that home prices in the USA in January 2014 are up 12.0% year-over-year (reported up 0.9% month-over-month). The year-over-year growth rate was up from the 11.0% reported last month.
This is the 23rd consecutive month of year-over-year increase. Dr. Mark Fleming, chief economist for CoreLogic stated:
Polar vortices and a string of snow storms did not manage to weaken house price appreciation in January. The last time January month-over-month and year-over-year price appreciation was this strong was at the height of the housing bubble in 2006.
Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic stated:
Excluding distressed sales, all 50 states and the District of Columbia showed year-over-year home price appreciation for January. Nationwide price growth like this should continue as the market comes out of hibernation for the spring buying season.
Comparison of Home Price Indices – Case-Shiller 3 Month Average (blue line, left axis), CoreLogic (green line, left axis) and National Association of Realtors (red line, right axis)
The way to understand the dynamics of home prices is to watch the direction of the rate of change – and not necessarily whether the prices are getting better or worse. Home prices are improving – but the rate growth of year-over-year price improvement is now flat (not accelerating or decelerating).
Year-over-Year Price Change Home Price Indices – Case-Shiller 3 Month Average (blue bar), CoreLogic (yellow bar) and National Association of Realtors (red bar)