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The Week Ahead: Analyzing Home Prices

On Tuesday, S&P CoreLogic will release the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Index, a measure of real estate prices.

The previous index saw home prices rise slowly but steadily, while some cities are seeing faster gains than others. According to the last index, the U.S. reported a 6.2 percent annual gain in June, down from 6.4 percent in May. While this may be a slower rate of growth, some cities, such as Seattle and Las Vegas reported higher year-over-year gains.

“Home prices continue to rise across the U.S.” says David M. Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices. “However, even as home prices keep climbing, we are seeing signs that growth is easing in the housing market. Sales of both new and existing homes are roughly flat over the last six months amidst news stories of an increase in the number of homes for sale in some markets. Rising mortgage rates – 30 year fixed rate mortgages rose from 4 percent to 4.5 percent since January – and the rise in home prices are affecting housing affordability.”

Las Vegas saw the greatest price increase in the country, up 13 percent year over year, closely followed by Seattle with a 12.8 percent increase. San Francisco experienced similar growth, with home prices growing by 10.7 percent. Blitzer notes that Las Vegas’s fast growth and improving employment opportunities are key factors in its quick price appreciation.

Here's what else is happening in The Week Ahead.

  • FHFA House Price Index, Tuesday, 9 a.m. ET
  • FOMC Meeting Results, Wednesday, 2 p.m. ET
  • MBA Mortgage Apps, Wednesday, 7 a.m. ET
  • Pending Home Sales Index, Thursday, 10 a.m. ET

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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