Real Estate

FHFA index shows home price growth slowed in May

Continues to hit new highs

Home prices continue to hit new highs with the latest increase in May, a slowdown from April’s increase but still up month-over-month, according to the House Price Index released by the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Home prices increased 0.4% monthly in May, according to the seasonally adjusted monthly House Price Index. This is down from the downwardly revised increase of 0.6% in April. Year-over-year, home prices increased 6.9%.

The chart below shows home prices surpassed their previous 2012 peak in early-2016, and continued to increase, consistently hitting a new peak.

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FHFA Home prices

(Source: FHFA)

The FHFA monthly HPI is calculated using home sales price information from mortgages sold to, or guaranteed by, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Because of this, the selection excludes high-end homes bought with jumbo loans or cash sales.

Other measures also show increasing home prices. The latest Case-Shiller report, released Tuesday morning, also showed a home price increase of 0.2% after seasonal adjustment. However, despite these increases, S&P Dow Jones Indices’ managing director explained housing is not repeating the bubble period. Here’s why.

Regionally, home price changes from April to May ranged from a drop of 0.5% in the Middle Atlantic division to a 1% increase in the West South Central division. Annually, all changes were positive, ranging from an increase of 4% in the Middle Atlantic division to an increase of 8.7% in the Pacific division.

Here is a list of which states are in each of those divisions:

Middle Atlantic: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania

West South Central: Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana

Pacific: Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California

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