Note: I follow several house price indexes (Case-Shiller, CoreLogic, Black Knight, Zillow, FHFA, FNC and more). Note: Black Knight uses the current month closings only (not a three month average like Case-Shiller or a weighted average like CoreLogic), excludes short sales and REOs, and is not seasonally adjusted.
• August’s 5.3 percent annual home price appreciation (HPA) continues a trend of very stable growth, with seven of the last eight months seeing the same rate of annual HPA
• At $266K, the U.S. is now within just 0.7 percent of a new national peak and up over 33 percent from the market’s bottom
• Nine states saw negative monthly price movement, led by South Carolina, North Dakota, Virginia, Connecticut and Missouri, all down 0.3 percent from July
• Home prices in nine of the nation’s 20 largest states and nine of the 40 largest metros hit new peaks
The year-over-year increase in this index has been about the same for the last year.
Note that house prices are close to the bubble peak in nominal terms, but not in real terms (adjusted for inflation).