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The Effect of Slow Home Appreciation

tariffHome prices and mortgage rates are not only impacting affordability for first-time homebuyers, but also for homeowners looking to trade up according to the latest CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI) and HPI forecast released on Tuesday.

The report indicated that for August 2018, home prices rose 5.5 percent on a year-over-year basis and by 0.1 percent from July 2018. It forecasted that the HPI would continue to increase by 4.7 percent year over year to August 2019.

Mortgage rates have also resulted in a slackening of demand as well as the slowing of home appreciation, according to CoreLogic.

“The rise in mortgage rates this summer to their highest level in seven years has made it more difficult for potential buyers to afford a home,” said Dr. Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist for CoreLogic. “The slackening in demand is reflected in the slowing of national appreciation, as illustrated in the CoreLogic Home Price Index. National appreciation in August was the slowest in nearly two years, and we expect appreciation to slow further in the coming year.”

These market conditions are also causing homeowners looking to trade up to wait before selling. “In some markets, homebuyers and sellers are remaining cautious and taking a pause as price appreciation continues to rise,” said Frank Martell, President, and CEO of CoreLogic. “By waiting to sell, homeowners believe they will get the greatest return on their investment; the more money they have for a down payment, the easier the purchase payments will be for their next home.”

Analyzing the housing values in the country's 100 largest metropolitan areas CoreLogic's Market Condition Indicators (MCI) found that 38 percent of metropolitan areas had an overvalued housing market in August while 18 percent were undervalued and 44 percent were at value. Looking at the top 50 markets based on housing stock, the MCI revealed that 46 percent of the markets were overvalued, 12 percent were undervalued and 42 percent were at value.

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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