Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Home Prices Climb 5.7% in January

The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-City Composite Index rose 5.7 percent in January from the previous year.

"Home prices are rising very rapidly — twice the rate of inflation. There is very, very little supply. There is four to five months supply in the market right now, which is quite low," David M. Blitzer, managing director and chairman of the index committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices, told CNBC.

The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-City Composite Home Price Index seeks to measures the value of residential real estate in 20 major U.S. metropolitan areas: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa and Washington, D.C.

Prices climbed in all 20 of the cities in the index.

Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco reported the highest year-over-year gains among the 20 cities with another month of double digit annual price increases. Portland led the way with an 11.8% year-over-year price increase, followed by Seattle with 10.7%, and San Francisco with a 10.5% increase. Eleven cities reported greater price increases in the year ending January 2016 versus the year ending December 2015.

Does it really need to be said, this is not what a recession looks like?


1 comment:

  1. RW, I wish you would address the supply/demand dynamics at play instead of these cryptic posts as supposed evidence of a boom. For example, where does capital flight demand from Chinese buyers factor into ABC?

    It's increasingly clear that other than in risk assets, there is scant evidence of a boom.