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Home Prices Trending in the Right Direction

Home prices increased by 0.3% in February from the prior month and jumped 4.9% from February 2018 to February 2019, according to the Federal Housing and Finance Agency’s (FHFA) House Price Index (HPI).

The FHFA’s HPI is calculated using home sales price information from mortgages sold to, or guaranteed by, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The report also stated that January's 0.6% increase remains unchanged.

According to the report, seasonally adjusted monthly house price changes from January to February of 2019 ranged from -1.2% in the Middle Atlantic division, to an increase of 1.4% in the East-South-Central division. Year-over-Year changes were all positive, ranging from a 3.5% increase in the West-South-Central division to a 6.5% increase in the Mountain divisione—the highest reported increase.

Year-over-year price changes fluctuated when comparing 2018 to 2019. The FHFA reported the price change of U.S. homes from February 2017–2018 was 7.6%. The reported change over the past year was 4.9%.

Homes in the Pacific region (Hawaii, Oregon, California, Washington, and Alaska) saw the biggest dip, as price changes from February 2017–2018 came in at 10.2%. Price changes over the past year were just 3.7%.

The East-South-Central Division (Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, and Kentucky) saw an increase in price changes from 6.1% from 2017–2018 to 6.4% over the past year.

This FHFA report mirrors the sentiment from a recent Redfin report, which detailed the East Coast’s improving home market. The report stated that while several West Coast markets saw declines in home sale prices, markets in the Eastern U.S. saw home sale prices jump as much as 20%.

The largest decline was reported at 21% in Salt Lake City, Utah, while Camden, New Jersey, saw the biggest increase at 56.2%.

About Author: Mike Albanese

A graduate of the University of Alabama, Mike Albanese has worked for news publications since 2011 in Texas and Colorado. He has built a portfolio of more than 1,000 articles, covering city government, police and crime, business, sports, and is experienced in crafting engaging features and enterprise pieces. He spent time as the sports editor for the "Pilot Point Post-Signal," and has covered the DFW Metroplex for several years. He has also assisted with sports coverage and editing duties with the "Dallas Morning News" and "Denton Record-Chronicle" over the past several years.

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