Widespread Gains in Home Prices for February According to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices

S&P Dow Jones Indices today released the latest results for the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices. Data released for February 2015 show that home prices continued their rise across the country over the last 12 months. More than 27 years of history for these data series is available, and can be accessed in full by going to www.homeprice.spdji.com. Additional content on the housing market can also be found on S&P Dow Jones Indices’ housing blog: www.housingviews.com.

Year-over-Year
Both the 10-City and 20-City Composites saw larger year-over-year increases in February compared to January. The 10-City Composite gained 4.8% year-over-year, up from 4.3% in January. The 20-City Composite gained 5.0% year-over-year, compared to a 4.5% increase in January. The S&P/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index, which covers all nine U.S. census divisions, recorded a 4.2% annual gain in February 2015, weaker than the 4.4% increase in January 2015.

Denver and San Francisco reported the highest year-over-year gains, as prices increased by 10.0% and 9.8%, respectively, over the last 12 months. It was the first double digit increase for Denver since August 2013. Seventeen cities reported higher year-over-year price increases in the year ended February 2015 than in the year ended January 2015, with San Francisco showing the largest acceleration. Three cities — San Diego, Las Vegas and Portland, OR — reported that the pace of annual price increases slowed.

Month-over-Month
The National Index rebounded in February, reporting a 0.1% change for the month. Both the 10- and 20-City Composites reported significant month-over-month increases of 0.5%, their largest increase since July 2014. Of the sixteen cities that reported increases, San Francisco and Denver led all cities in February with increases of 2.0% and 1.4%. Cleveland reported the largest drop as prices fell 1.0%. Las Vegas and Boston reported declines of -0.3% and -0.2% respectively.

Analysis
“Home prices continue to rise and outpace both inflation and wage gains,” said David M. Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices. “The S&P/Case-Shiller National Index has seen 34 consecutive months with positive year-over-year gains; all 20 cities have shown year-over-year gains every month since the end of 2012. While prices are certainly rebounding, only two cities – Denver and Dallas – have surpassed their housing boom peaks. Nationally, prices are almost 10% below the high set in July 2006. Las Vegas fell 61.7% peak to trough and has the farthest to go to set a new high; it is 41.5% below its high. If a complete recovery means new highs all around, we’re not there yet.

“A better sense of where home prices are can be seen by starting in January 2000, before the housing boom accelerated, and looking at real or inflation adjusted numbers. Based on the S&P/Case-Shiller National Home Price Index, prices rose 66.8% before adjusting for inflation from January 2000 to February 2015; adjusted for inflation, this is 27.9% or a 1.7% annual rate. The highest price gain over the last 15 years was in Los Angeles with a 4.3% real annual rate; the lowest was Detroitwith a -3.6% real annual rate. While nationally, prices are recovering, new construction of single family homes remains very weak despite low vacancy rates among both renters and owner-occupied homes.”

Table 1 below summarizes the results for February 2015. The S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices are revised for the prior 24 months, based on the receipt of additional source data.

February 2015

February/January

January ’15/December ’14

1-Year

Metropolitan Area

Level

Change (%)

Change (%)

Change (%)

Atlanta

118.85

0.1%

-0.3%

5.6%

Boston

175.30

-0.2%

0.3%

5.0%

Charlotte

130.19

0.9%

0.5%

5.4%

Chicago

126.72

0.0%

-0.2%

3.4%

Cleveland

104.70

-1.0%

0.0%

2.3%

Dallas

144.43

0.7%

0.4%

8.6%

Denver

160.71

1.4%

0.2%

10.0%

Detroit

96.88

0.3%

-0.3%

3.7%

Las Vegas

137.33

-0.3%

0.2%

5.8%

Los Angeles

227.68

0.8%

-0.3%

5.8%

Miami

194.93

0.6%

0.7%

9.2%

Minneapolis

140.15

0.1%

-0.3%

3.1%

New York

175.60

0.2%

0.1%

2.5%

Phoenix

148.33

0.3%

0.0%

2.9%

Portland

172.00

0.7%

0.1%

7.1%

San Diego

206.25

0.7%

0.6%

4.7%

San Francisco

199.67

2.0%

-0.9%

9.8%

Seattle

170.33

0.9%

-0.5%

7.1%

Tampa

165.23

0.4%

-0.3%

6.9%

Washington

206.30

0.4%

-0.6%

1.4%

Composite-10

188.62

0.5%

-0.1%

4.8%

Composite-20

173.67

0.5%

-0.1%

5.0%

U.S. National

166.80

0.1%

-0.1%

4.2%

Source: S&P Dow Jones Indices and CoreLogic

Data through February 2015

Table 2 below shows a summary of the monthly changes using the seasonally adjusted (SA) and non-seasonally adjusted (NSA) data. Since its launch in early 2006, the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices have published, and the markets have followed and reported on, the non-seasonally adjusted data set used in the headline indices. For analytical purposes, S&P Dow Jones Indices publishes a seasonally adjusted data set covered in the headline indices, as well as for the 17 of 20 markets with tiered price indices and the five condo markets that are tracked.

February/January Change (%)

January ’15/December ’14 Change (%)

Metropolitan Area

NSA

SA

NSA

SA

Atlanta

0.1%

1.1%

-0.3%

0.5%

Boston

-0.2%

0.7%

0.3%

1.0%

Charlotte

0.9%

1.1%

0.5%

1.0%

Chicago

0.0%

1.4%

-0.2%

1.4%

Cleveland

-1.0%

0.4%

0.0%

0.9%

Dallas

0.7%

1.1%

0.4%

1.1%

Denver

1.4%

2.2%

0.2%

1.1%

Detroit

0.3%

0.6%

-0.3%

0.9%

Las Vegas

-0.3%

0.5%

0.2%

0.4%

Los Angeles

0.8%

1.6%

-0.3%

0.3%

Miami

0.6%

1.1%

0.7%

0.9%

Minneapolis

0.1%

1.6%

-0.3%

1.1%

New York

0.2%

0.7%

0.1%

0.7%

Phoenix

0.3%

0.6%

0.0%

0.5%

Portland

0.7%

1.1%

0.1%

1.5%

San Diego

0.7%

0.8%

0.6%

1.8%

San Francisco

2.0%

3.3%

-0.9%

0.8%

Seattle

0.9%

1.4%

-0.5%

0.7%

Tampa

0.4%

1.3%

-0.3%

0.1%

Washington

0.4%

0.7%

-0.6%

0.5%

Composite-10

0.5%

0.9%

-0.1%

0.9%

Composite-20

0.5%

0.9%

-0.1%

0.9%

U.S. National

0.1%

0.4%

-0.1%

0.5%

Source: S&P Dow Jones Indices and CoreLogic

Data through February 2015

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