Home Prices in 20 U.S. Cities Rose 5% in July From Year Earlier

U.S. Home Prices See Five Percent Gain in July

Home prices in 20 U.S. cities continued to gain at a solid pace in July, according to S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller data released Tuesday.

Key Points

  • 20-city property values index climbed 5 percent from July 2015 (forecast was for 5.1 percent), after a 5.1 percent year-over-year rise in June
  • National home-price gauge increased 5.1 percent from 12 months earlier
  • On a monthly basis, the seasonally adjusted 20-city gauge was little changed

Big Picture

Steady price appreciation is keeping the housing market on a reassuring path at the start of the second half of 2016. The residential real estate market took a breather last month, with existing-home sales unexpectedly declining in August while purchases of new properties retreated from a nine-year high. Durable job gains and borrowing costs lingering near record lows should remain a support for potential home buyers.

Economist Takeaways

“Both the housing sector and the economy continue to expand,” David Blitzer, chairman of the S&P index committee, said in a statement. While some cities are seeing rapid price gains, “there is no reason to fear that another massive collapse is around the corner” because mortgage debt is rising at a relatively slow pace.

The Details

  • All 20 cities in the index showed year-over-year gains, led by a 12.4 percent increase in Portland, Oregon, and 11.2 percent in Seattle
  • New York and Washington posted the smallest 12-month advances
  • After seasonal adjustment, Portland had the biggest month-over-month gain at 0.7 percent, while Chicago showed the largest decrease at 0.5 percent
  • Six cities showed seasonally adjusted price declines in July compared with the prior month, also including New York, Atlanta and Detroit
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