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Home Prices Rising, Too Much in Some Areas

CoreLogic’s February 2017 Home Price Index Report (HPI) reported gains both year-over-year and month-over-month. Home prices including distressed sales rose one percent month-over-month, and seven percent year-over-year.

For March, CoreLogic predicts a 0.4 percent increase in home prices, and a 4.7 percent year-over-year increase. February was the 61st consecutive month of year-over year home prices, including distressed sales, although CoreLogic notes that the national increase is no longer in the double digits.

Single-family home prices are still below the national peak of April 2006, but CoreLogic predicts that prices will reach a new peak in October 2017. Eleven states hit new highs in February: Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New York, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Washington. Only two states showed negative price appreciation: Connecticut and West Virginia.

Some areas, particularly in the western U.S., are still harmed by low inventory. In much of California, Washington, and Oregon, home prices are considered “overvalued” as prices were over 25 percent above sustainable levels.

“Home prices and rents have risen the most in local markets with high demand and limited supply, such as Seattle, Portland, and Denver. The rise in housing costs has been largest for lower-tier-priced homes. For example, from December to February in Seattle, the Core Logic Home Price Index rose 12 percent and our single-family rent index rose 6 percent for all price tiers compared with the same period a year earlier. However, when looking at only low-cost homes in Seattle, the price increase was 13 percent and the rent increase was 7 percent.”

Of the 102 markets listed as overvalued, sixteen of them are in Texas. The amount of overvalued homes is expected to increase into 2022, according to CoreLogic. Still, several markets have shown signs of undervaluation. Many states in the eastern and northeastern U.S. have markets that are undervalued,  though that number is expected to slightly decrease in the next few years.

For the full report from CoreLogic, click here.

About Author: Seth Welborn

Seth Welborn is a Harding University graduate with a degree in English and a minor in writing. He is a contributing writer for MReport. An East Texas Native, he has studied abroad in Athens, Greece and works part-time as a photographer.

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