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Home Prices Nearly Halfway Recovered From Bottom

prices-upHome prices continued to keep their rising pace in March 2016 and are up 40 percent from the bottom hit five years ago, CoreLogic reported in its Home Price Index (HPI) and HPI Forecast.

CoreLogic's data for March showed that home prices are up 6.7 percent year-over-year and 2.1 percent month-over-month. However, national single-family home prices remain 5.4 percent below the peak reached in April 2006 and a new peak is expected to be reached in 2017.

CoreLogic forecasts that home prices for single-family homes will increase by 5.3 percent on a year-over-year basis from March 2016 to March 2017 and will rise 0.7 percent month-over-month basis home prices are expected to increase 0.7 percent from March 2016 to April 2016.

The U.S. has experienced 49 months of year-over-year increases in home prices including distressed sales, but the national rise is no longer hitting double digits.

clAnand Nallathambi, Pesident and CEO of CoreLogic said, “Home prices reached the bottom five years ago, and since then have appreciated almost 40 percent. The highest appreciation was in the West, where prices continue to increase at double-digit rates.”

According to CoreLogic, 12 states recorded new highs in March: Alaska, Hawaii, Louisiana, Colorado, North Carolina, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, and Washington.  No states endured negative appreciation, the report showed.

Washington (13.0 percent), Colorado (10.0 percent), Oregon (10.0 percent), Florida (9.3 percent), and New York (8.2 percent) all has the largest year-over-year home price increases, including distressed sales in March.

Excluding distressed sales, Washington (12.6 percent), Oregon (10.6 percent), Colorado (9.6 percent), New York (9.0 percent), and New Mexico (8.7 percent) all experienced the largest year-over-year increases in home prices.

CoreLogic found that Nevada (-29.7 percent), Rhode Island (-25.9 percent), Florida (-24.9 percent), Maryland (-23.6 percent), and Arizona (-23.4 percent) all remain furthest from their peak values in March.

“Housing helped keep U.S. economic growth afloat in the first quarter of 2016 as residential investment recorded its strongest gain since the end of 2012,” said Dr. Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist for CoreLogic. “Low interest rates and increased home building suggest that housing will continue to be a growth driver.”

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Xhevrije West is a talented 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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