Chicago, IL (PRWEB) May 08, 2014
On Tuesday, May 6th, Corelogic'sHome Price Index Report was released, revealing an 11.1 percent increase in home prices from March 2013 to March 2014. CF Funding has previously reported that home price increases such as these allow homeowners to regain equity in their homes, a great sign of economic improvement. Home prices have now been rising for 25 months on a year-over-year basis, and are expected to continue to rise into April on the HPI. From February to March, the HPI increased 1.4 percent including distressed sales (or 0.9 percent excluding distressed sales).
Although prices have been rising for over 2 years, current home prices are still about 16 percent below their peak seen in April 2006. Excluding distressed sales, home prices are about 11.6 percent below peak prices. Corelogic predicts that home prices, including distressed sales, will increase 0.8 percent month over month from March to April. According to Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO, "Home prices continue to rise across the nation, but affordability, tight credit and supply concerns are becoming an increasing drag on purchase market activity. In many markets--especially major metro areas like Los Angeles, Atlanta and New York--home prices are being driven up at double-digit rates fueled by a lack of inventory and record levels of cash purchases."
All states had year-over-year price increases in March (excluding distressed sales) and 23 states plus the District of Columbia are at or within 10 percent of their peak, according to the HPI report. The largest home price appreciation was seen in California at 17.2 percent, and Nevada at 15.5 percent. CF Funding's home state of Illinois is still 26.5 percent below peak values, and Nevada is 39.9 percent below peak values. CF Funding's hometown of Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights saw an 11.5 percent price increase year-over-year excluding distressed sales. As seen in the National Snapshot graph, some states such as Texas and Hawaii saw little-to-no change from peak prices (including distressed sales).
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