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Home Prices Increase Over 5% YoY

According to the latest edition of the Home Price Index (HPI) published by First American Data & Analytics, housing prices reached a new peak in September 2023 increasing 6.3% year-over-year and 0.7% from August 2023. 

The report tracks home price changes across national, state, and metropolitan areas (as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau), and includes metropolitan price tiers that segment sales transactions into starter, mid, and luxury tiers. 

The 0.7% month-over-month home price increase from August marks the sixth consecutive month that home prices have found a new peak. 

“Rising mortgage rates continue to depress housing supply and suppress affordability, chilling the housing market. Preliminary September house price data suggests that the lack of supply is constraining the market more than reduced demand due to record-low affordability,” said Mark Fleming, Chief Economist at First American. “Nationally, house prices continue to set new records as potential sellers sit on the sidelines, limiting supply, while buyers chase what few homes are available for sale.” 

The five most populous states experienced the following year-over-year growth in the HPI includes: Pennsylvania (+7.8%), New York (+4.4%), Florida (+3.5%), Texas (+3.5%), and California (+3.2%). 

There were two states with a year-over-year decrease in the HPI: South Dakota (-11.2%) and Nevada (-0.7%). 

Among the top-30 metropolitan areas, the five markets with the greatest year-over-year increase in the HPI are: Miami (+8.8%); St. Louis (+8.2%); Anaheim, California (+7.4%); San Diego (+7.1%); and Baltimore (+7.0%). Only two of the top-30 markets reported price declines: Austin, Texas (-3.8%) and Las Vegas (-0.9%). 

"The fact that the starter home price tier continues to outperform the middle and luxury price tiers in many markets suggests that first-time home buyer demand remains resilient despite significantly lower affordability," said Fleming. “As of 2022, more than half of all millennial households were homeowners, but many more are aging into their 30s, the prime home-buying age, and seeking to buy instead of rent. While less affordable than a year ago, the pace of starter tier price growth in markets like Miami, Pittsburgh and St. Louis suggests homeownership demand among millennials is far from dead." 

Click here to see the report in its entirety. 

About Author: Kyle G. Horst

Kyle G. Horst is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of the University of Texas at Tyler, he has worked for a number of daily, weekly, and monthly publications in South Dakota and Texas. With more than 10 years of experience in community journalism, he has won a number of state, national, and international awards for his writing and photography including best newspaper design by the Associated Press Managing Editors Group and the international iPhone photographer of the year by the iPhone Photography Awards. He most recently worked as editor of Community Impact Newspaper covering a number of Dallas-Ft. Worth communities on a hyperlocal level. Contact Kyle G. at [email protected].

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