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Home Prices Increase In May, as Delaware Leads: LPS

""Lender Processing Services"":http://www.lpsvcs.com/Pages/default.aspx (LPS) released Friday its latest Home Price Index (HPI) report, showing that prices increased both month-over-month and year-over-year.

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The report, based on residential real estate transaction data as of the end of May, revealed that the home price index for the month was $202,000, a 0.9 percent month-over-month increase and a 3.2 percent increase from the start of the year.

In addition, May's index represented a 0.4 percent year-over-year increase.

Of the country's 20 largest states, Arizona gained the most ground in May, with home prices jumping to $170,000 (a 1.7 percent rise from April). It was followed by Oregon, North California, Massachusetts, Maryland, and Georgia.

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California posted the highest HPI in May, settling at $298,000-a 0.4 percent gain from April.

Of the nation's 40 largest metros, most posted month-over-month growth of around 1.0 percent.

Phoenix showed the largest gains with a 2.1 percent price increase, while San Francisco, San Jose, and Boston ranked second with 1.5 percent HPI growth.

Only two metros reported no growth: Columbus saw its HPI fall 0.2 percent, and Baltimore stayed more or less flat.

*Top five states in HPI growth month-over-month (all states):*

Delaware (2.6 percent)
Alaska (2.7 percent)
Arizona (1.7 percent)
North Carolina (1.6 percent)
Washington, D.C. (1.5 percent)

*Top five metros in HPI growth month-over-month (all metros):*

Anchorage, Alaska (2.3 percent)
Phoenix, Arizona (2.1 percent)
Asheville, North Carolina (1.9 percent)
Ocean Pines, Maryland (1.8 percent)
Bend, Oregon (1.7 percent)

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