Government Home Price Data Shows National Growth

NAR Research’s Home Price Monitor Series reviews national home prices by examining several widely cited national measurements. It is released monthly and allows REALTORS® to gain insight into the recent performance of national prices, factors affecting that performance, and the likely direction of prices in the months ahead. The Home Price Monitor includes the same data covered in the national media that clients will expect their REALTORS® to know and be able to comment on and provides different, more complete coverage of the information all in one place. Today’s blog post focuses on the recent release of the FHFA Price Index.

  • For the first time since 2007, home prices measured by the government price index put out by FHFA that uses Fannie and Freddie loan data on home purchases increased in the year from February 2011 to February 2012.
  • Monthly data from the same source showed that prices were up 0.3 percent nationally from January to February.
  • Regionally, year over year prices showed growth in the Mountain, West South Central, East South Central, New England, and South Atlantic divisions. Small declines – less than 1 percent – were seen in other divisions. (For states by region, see the full FHFA report here.)
  • One other notable observation, the FHFA house price index does NOT exclude distressed properties from evaluation. Other research has shown that distressed properties typically sell at a discount, and data series that attempt to exclude distressed sales tend to show better price performance.
  • Get more information on other house price measures from NAR’s House Price Monitor here .

Danielle Hale, Director of Housing Statistics

As a Research Economist at NAR, Danielle studies tax issues, the wealth impact of home ownership, and different measures of home prices.

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