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Good News for Sellers as Home Prices Rise

2018 might see first-time homebuyers facing higher rates of price growth for starter homes and further erosion of affordability according to the Home Price Index (HPI) for November 2017 and released on Tuesday by property analytics firm CoreLogic.

The HPI report for November indicated home prices across the U.S. increasing  year over year by 7 percent from November 2016 to November 2017. Month over month, they increased by 1 percent in November 2017, compared to October 2017.

CoreLogic also released its HPI forecast, which is a projection of home prices using the CoreLogic HPI and other economic variables. Values are derived from state-level forecasts by weighing indices according to the number of owner-occupied households for each state.

The forecast projected a decrease of 0.4 percent in home prices from November 2017 to December 2017. However, it indicated that the increase in home prices is set to remain through 2018 with a projected increase of prices by 4.2 percent by November 2018 on a year-over-year basis.

“Rising home prices are good news for home sellers, but add to the challenges that homebuyers face,” Dr. Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist at CoreLogic said.

“Without a significant surge in new building and affordable housing stock, the relatively high level of growth in home prices of recent years will continue in most markets,” Frank Martell, President and CEO of CoreLogic said. He added, “Although policymakers are increasingly looking for ways to address the lack of affordable housing, much more needs to be done soon to see a significant improvement over the medium term.”

According to CoreLogic’s Market Condition Indicators (MCI) data, an analysis of housing values in the country’s 100 largest metropolitan areas based on housing stock, 37 percent of metropolitan areas had an overvalued housing stock in November 2017. This means that home prices were at least 10 percent higher than the long-term sustainable level in these areas. Washington, Nevada, Utah, and Idaho posted 12-month price gains of 10 percent or more in November, the data indicated.

The data also indicated that 36 percent of the top 100 metropolitan areas were undervalued (prices were at least 10 percent lower than the long-term sustainable level) and 26 percent were at value.

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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