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Home Prices Trend Higher in August … But Not Here

The Federal Housing Finance Agency House Price Index (HPI) found that home prices in August rose slightly by 0.2% and are 4.6% higher than they were in August 2018.

The previously reported 0.4% increase for July 2019 is unchanged. 

Three regions posted month-over-month declines: Mountain (-0.1%), South Atlantic (0.1%), and the East South Central (-0.8%). 

All regions posted year-over-year increases, but the New England region’s price was unchanged at 5%. 

The Pacific region saw the largest drop in price growth, falling from 7.1% to 3.9% in August 2019. Price growth in the South Atlantic region fell from 7% to 4.2% and the Mountain region saw growth slow to 6.5% from last year’s 9% increase. 

Home prices in the Pacific region, most notably in California, are the highest in the nation. In LendingTree study found that one could by 23 median-priced homes in San Francisco for the price of one home in the Golden Gate City at $1.19 million. 

ATTOM Data Solutions released its quarterly report earlier this week and also showed home prices rose, jumping 2.9% in Q3 2019 to a new high of $270,000. 

Homeowners who sold their homes during the quarter earned an average profit that rose to a post-recession high of 34.5%, which is an increase from the prior quarter’s 34.4% and 34.3% in Q3 2018.

ATTOM states that the average homeownership tenure hit a new high of 8.19 years, which is an increase of 3% from the prior quarter and a 3% rise from Q3 2018. The homeownership tenure averaged 4.20 years nationally between Q1 2000 and Q3 2007. 

“The seven-year U.S. housing boom is back in high gear. After a series of relatively small price increase quarters, home prices saw quite the uptick, seller profits rose and the problem of distressed sales continued to fade, helping to make the third quarter the strongest in four years,” said Todd Teta, Chief Product Officer at ATTOM Data Solutions. “That all happened as mortgage rates sank back to near-historic lows, which clearly powered the market upward along with stock market surges and a continued strong economy.

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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