The CoreLogic Home Price Index  (HPI) and HPI Forecast for April 2017 was released Tuesday showing home prices up both in year-over-year and month-over-month. The CoreLogic HPI Forecast is a projection of home prices using the CoreLogic HPI and other economic variables. Values are derived from forecasts from a state-level by weighting indices according to the number of owner-occupied households from each state.
According to the CoreLogic HPI, prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased by 6.9 percent year-over-year. Month-over-month sales increased by 1.6 percent in April 2017 compared to March 2017.
“Mortgage rates in April dipped back to their lowest level since November of last year, spurring home-buying activity,” said Dr. Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist for CoreLogic. “In some metro areas, there has been a bidding frenzy as multiple contracts are placed on a single home. This has led home-price growth to outpace rent gains. Nationally, home prices were up 6.9 percent over the last year, while rent growth for single-family rental homes recorded a 3 percent rise through April, according to the CoreLogic Single-Family Rental Index.”
Home prices are predicted to increase by 5.1 percent on a year-over-year basis from April 2017 to April 2018 according to the forecast. On a month-over-month basis, home prices are expected to increase by 0.7 percent from April 2017 to May 2017.
“Interest rates on fixed-rate mortgages are down by one-fourth of a percentage point since mid-March, just in time to support the spring home-buying season,” said Frank Martell, President and CEO of CoreLogic. “Some metro areas have low for-sale inventory, short time-on-market trends and homes that sell above the list price. Geographically, gains were strongest in the West with Washington and Utah posting double-digit gains.”
Washington had the largest change in home prices, coming in at 12 percent HPI change year-over-year. At -3.9 percent, Wyoming’s home prices went down in the month of April.