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Home Prices Sustained by Falling Supply & Rising Demand

prices-upHome prices continued to keep their rising pace in October 2015 with the help of declining housing supply and increasing consumer demand.

CoreLogic's Home Price Index (HPI) report for October 2015 showed that home prices are up 6.8 percent year-over-year and 1.0 percent month-over-month. Last month, home prices were up 6.4 percent year-over-year and 0.6 percent month-over-month.

CoreLogic forecasts home prices to rise 0.1 percent next month and 5.2 percent next year from October 2015 to October 2016.

The HPI report also noted that nationally, single-family home prices are 6.8 percent below the peak recorded in April 2006. CoreLogic believes home prices in this sector will reach a new peak in April 2017.

“Many markets have experienced a low inventory of homes for sale along with strong buyer demand, which is sustaining upward pressure on home prices. These conditions are likely to persist as we enter 2016,” said Dr. Frank Nothaft, chief economist for CoreLogic.

CLAccording to CoreLogic, ten states recorded new highs in October: Colorado, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maine, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming. Meanwhile, Louisiana and Mississippi had negative home price appreciation in October at -0.2 percent and -1.7 percent, respectively.

New York (8.6 percent), South Carolina (9.0 percent), Oregon (9.4 percent), Washington (9.6 percent), and Colorado (10.5 percent) all has the largest year-over-year home price increases, including distressed sales in October.

Excluding distressed sales, Washington (8.9 percent), South Carolina (9.3 percent), New York (9.3 percent), Oregon (9.5 percent), and Colorado (10.1 percent).

CoreLogic found that Nevada (-30.4 percent), Florida (-28.0 percent), Arizona (-24.7 percent), Rhode Island (-24.1 percent), and Connecticut (-20.7 percent) all remain furthest from their peak values in October.

“The rise in home prices over the past few years has largely been a healthy trend. The shadow inventory has been reduced significantly and home equity levels are now approaching pre-recession levels,” said Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic. “As we move forward, the rise in home prices will need to be better correlated to family income trends over time to avoid homes becoming unaffordable for many. This is especially true in several metropolitan areas where home prices have grown rapidly.”

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About Author: Xhevrije West

Xhevrije West is a writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas. She has worked for a number of publications including The Syracuse New Times, Dallas Flow Magazine, and Bellwethr Magazine. She completed her Bachelors at Alcorn State University and went on to complete her Masters at Syracuse University.
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