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May Home Prices Rise 12.2 Percent in CoreLogic Home Price Index

by Reno Manuele

May was yet another month of double-digit home price increases, according to the latest Home Price Index from CoreLogic.

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Home prices in the CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI) increased 12.2 percent year-over-year in May, the largest such increase since February 2006 and 15th consecutive month of price increases.

On a month-by-month basis, home prices were positive as well, rising 2.6 percent from April to May. Since bottoming in February 2012, the HPI has increased by 18.7 percent.

CoreLogic Home Price Index – A Product of Market Forces

For comparison’s sake, the HPI increased just 2.6 percent year-over-year in May 2012, but as Anand Nallathambi, the president and CEO of CoreLogic, pointed out, several market forces have influenced the HPI since then.

“Across the country, pent-up demand and continued low interest rates are fueling strong demand for a limited inventory of properties,” he said. “We expect that trend to continue to drive up prices throughout the balance of the summer months.”

And CoreLogic only expects things to improve when it releases its numbers for July. According to the Pending HPI, which tracks home prices using MLS data and anticipates the next month’s HPI, home prices will rise 13.2 percent year-over-year in June and 2.9 percent from May.

Here in Chicago, the situation was a bit more nuanced. Though home prices were up just 3.9 percent in May from last year – the lowest yearly increase of all the major metro areas that CoreLogic tracked – that was when distressed sales, which Chicago has quite a few, were factored in to the equation. When distressed sales were excluded, home prices actually rose a respectable 8.8 percent.

For further perspective on how far the HPI has progressed in the last 14 months, see our infographic below:

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