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Millennial Housing Shutout

Home prices across the U.S. increased by 6.6 percent on a year over year basis in January 2018 according to the monthly CoreLogic Home Price Index released on Tuesday. On a month-over-month basis, the home prices rose 0.5 percent between December 2017 and January 2018.

The monthly report provides an early indication of home price trends and projects HPI levels for single-family homes excluding distressed sales and covers national, state, and metro level data such as home price indices, home price forecast and market condition indicators.

Nationally, the report forecasted a home price growth of 4.8 percent on an annual basis, while home prices were expected to remain flat between January and February 2018.

The effects of rising home prices are being felt the most in the affordable home segment, according to Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist at CoreLogic. “Entry-level homes have been in particularly short supply, leading to more rapid home-price growth compared with more expensive homes,” he said. “Homes with a purchase price less than 75 percent of the local area median had price growth of 9 percent during the year ending January 2018.”

Four states experienced double-digit increases in home prices in January according to the report. While home prices in Washington grew 12.1 percent, Nevada clocked a growth of 11.3 percent followed by 10.8 percent in Utah, and 10.3 percent in Idaho.

The data also indicated that half of the 50 largest metro areas covered by CoreLogic for this report were overvalued. The report said, 48 percent were overvalued, 14 percent were undervalued and 38 percent were at value.

“CoreLogic has identified nearly one-half of the 50 largest metropolitan areas as overvalued. Millennials who are looking to become first-time homeowners find it particularly challenging to find an affordable home in these areas,” said Frank Martell, President, and CEO of CoreLogic. “Our projections continue to show tightness in the entry-level market for the foreseeable future, which could further prevent millennials from purchasing homes in 2018 and 2019, even as much of that generation reaches its prime home-buying years.”

Of the largest metros that showed a price rise, Las Vegas led the way in home price rise with a growth of 11.7 percent year over year, followed by San Francisco with a growth of 10.2 percent. Denver with 8.4 percent growth was followed by San Diego and Los Angeles that grew at 7.9 percent and 7.8 percent respectively.

About Author: Radhika Ojha

Radhika Ojha, Online Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her master’s degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Dallas, Texas. You can contact her at Radhika.Ojha@theMReport.com.
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