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Home Values Gain Momentum

Home valuesHome values and prices are projected to increase by April 2019, according to the latest CoreLogic Home Price Index that was released on Tuesday. Nationally, CoreLogic said that prices increased by 6.9 percent year over year in April and by 1.2 percent on a month-over-month basis. It projected the prices to rise 5.3 percent by April 2019.

Despite the potential impact of Hurricane Irma last year, the report indicated that home prices in Florida continued to surge, increasing 5.8 percent year over year and by 0.6 percent on a month-over-month basis. By April 2019, CoreLogic estimates prices in the Sunshine State to increase by 7.5 percent year over year and 0.8 percent on a month-over-month basis.

“Florida continues to show price resiliency after Hurricane Irma in 2017,” said Frank Martell, President, and CEO, CoreLogic. He said that home prices in Florida would continue their gains through the remainder of the year, but they were likely to be impacted if a significant storm made landfall again.

In fact, home values in all 50 states across the U.S. increased year over year in April according to the report. An analysis of home values in the country 100 largest metropolitan areas based on housing stock found that 40 percent of metropolitan areas were overvalued in April.

When looking at home values in the top 50 cities, the report found that 52 percent markets were overvalued, 14 percent were undervalued, and 34 percent of the markets were at value. Washington led the surge in home prices with an increase of 12.8 percent. Idaho (12.4 percent); Nevada (12.2 percent); and Utah (11.5 percent) also experienced double-digit increases in home prices.

When it came to the top metropolitan areas, the report noted that San Francisco and Las Vegas experienced the largest year over year change in prices at 12.3 percent. Chicago and Washington, D.C. reported the smallest gains at 3.1 percent and 2.5 percent respectively.

One of the reasons for the surge, according to Dr. Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist, CoreLogic, is the failure of new construction to keep up with demand and replace existing inventory. “The best antidote for rising home prices is additional supply,” he said. “More construction of for-sale and rental housing will alleviate housing cost pressures.”

About Author: Radhika Ojha

Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and editor. A former Online Editor and currently a reporter for MReport, she 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 Houston, Texas.
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