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Home Prices Rise to 15-Year High

According to the latest S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices, home prices continue to rise nationwide in February 2021, a 12% year-over-year climb and 11.2% month-over-month rise from January, marking the highest recorded rise since February 2006.

The 10-City Composite Index rose 11.7% annually in February, up from 10.9% in January, while the 20-City Composite Index rose 11.9% in February, up 0.8% from the previous month. CoreLogic Deputy Chief Economist Selma Hepp reports that the last time both the 10-City and 20-City Indices saw similar rates of growth was in the early months of 2014.

For the 20th consecutive month, the Phoenix market has the fastest home price growth among the 20 markets, with a 17.4% year-over-year rise in February. The San Diego Market saw an annual increase of 17%, while the Seattle market experienced a 15.4% year-over-year rise in February 2021.

“In the early months of 2021, housing-market competition continued while the issue of ever-declining for-sale inventories persisted, driving home prices to new highs and raising concerns of market sustainability,” said Hepp. “Nevertheless, there are early signs of increasing availability of for-sale homes and squeeze on new buyers’ budgets due to high price tags and rising rates—which is pushing some out of the market. Given these factors, home price appreciation should ease in coming months, but remain in high single-digits across most of the country.”

Evidence of declining inventories cited by Hepp was due in part to rising material costs, and a lack of skilled trade workers directly employed by home builders and subcontractors throughout all regions, according to the Home Builders Institute (HBI).

"More than 30 years of S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller data help us to put February's results into historical context,” said Craig J. Lazzara, Managing Director and Global Head of Index Investment Strategy at S&P DJI. “The National Composite's 12.0% gain is the highest recorded since February 2006, exactly 15 years ago, and lies comfortably in the top decile of historical performance. Housing's strength is reflected across all 20 cities; February's price gains in every city are above that city's median level, and rank in the top quartile of all reports in 18 cities.”


About Author: Eric C. Peck

Eric C. Peck has 20-plus years’ experience covering the mortgage industry, he most recently served as Editor-in-Chief for The Mortgage Press and National Mortgage Professional Magazine. Peck graduated from the New York Institute of Technology where he received his B.A. in Communication Arts/Media. After graduating, he began his professional career with Videography Magazine before landing in the mortgage space. Peck has edited three published books and has served as Copy Editor for Entrepreneur.com.

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