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Home Price Index Highlights: May 2017

Price Gains for Lower-Cost Homes Outpaced Overall Market

Molly Boesel    |    Property Valuation

HPI Blog Highlights May 2017
  • Home prices forecast to rise 5.3 percent over the next year.
  • Prices in 30 states have risen above the pre-crisis peaks and prices in eight states are within 5 percent of their pre-crisis peaks.
  • Adjusting for inflation, home prices are still 16.8 percent below their peak.

National home prices increased 6.6 percent year over year in May 2017, while an analysis of the market by price tiers indicates that lower-priced homes experienced significantly higher gains, according to the latest CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI®) Report.

Home Price Index May 2017

Home Price Index May 2017

CoreLogic analyzes four individual home-price tiers that are calculated relative to the median national home price[1]. The lowest price tier increased 9.4 percent year over year, compared with 8.1 percent for the low-to-middle-price tier, 6.8 percent for the middle-to-moderate-price tier, and 5.3 percent for the high-price tier.  Figure 1 shows the levels of the four price tiers indexed to January 2006, shortly before each of the tiers hit its peak index value.

The low-price tier is the only tier to pass (by 14.1 percent) its pre-housing-crisis peak. The low-to-middle tier is now 2.3 percent below its peak, the middle- to moderate-price tier remains 2.6 percent below its peak, and the high-price tier remains 1.5 percent below its peak.

Home Price Index May 2017

Home Price Index May 2017

The overall HPI (all price tiers combined) has increased on a year-over-year basis every month since February 2012, but prices are still 1.5 percent below the April 2006 peak. Home prices have risen 47.8 percent since bottoming out in March 2011, and are expected to increase by 5.3 percent from May 2017 to May 2018. Prices are projected to return to the April 2006 peak in mid-2017. Adjusting for inflation, U.S. home prices increased 5.4 percent year over year in May 2017, and were 16.8 percent below their peak[2]. Figure 2 shows the cumulative price movement since the inception of price declines for both the nominal HPI and the inflation-adjusted HPI and the time in years since the first decrease in the indices.

HPI May 2017

Home Price Index May 2017

Figure 3 shows the year-over-year HPI growth for the 25 highest-appreciating states in May 2017 along with their highest and lowest historical price changes. The state of Washington showed the largest HPI gain of all states in May 2017 with a 12.6 percent year-over-year increase, followed by Utah (+10.4 percent). Prices in 30 states (including the District of Columbia) have risen above their pre-crisis peaks, and prices in eight states are no more than 5 percent below their pre-crisis peaks. Nevada home prices in May 2017 were the farthest below their all-time HPI high, still 28 percent below the March 2006 peak.  



[1] The four price tiers are based on the median sale price and are as follows: homes priced at 75 percent or less of the median (low price), homes priced between 75 and 100 percent of the median (low-to-middle price), homes priced between 100 and 125 percent of the median (middle-to-moderate price) and homes priced greater than 125 percent of the median (high price).

[2] The Consumer Price Index (CPI) Less Shelter was used to create the inflation-adjusted HPI.

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