FHFA house price index up 1.7% in May

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House prices rose nationwide in May, up 1.7% from the previous month, according to the latest Federal Housing Finance Agency House Price Index (FHFA HPI). House prices rose 18.0% from May 2020 to May 2021. The previously reported 1.8 percent price change for April 2021 was unrevised. 

For the nine census divisions, seasonally adjusted monthly house price changes from April 2021 to May 2021 ranged from +1.0% in the Middle Atlantic division to +2.4% in the Pacific division. The 12-month changes ranged from +15.4% in the West South Central division to +23.2% in the Mountain division. 

“House prices continued their record-setting growth into May,” said Dr. Lynn Fisher, FHFA’s Deputy Director of the Division of Research and Statistics. “This trend will likely continue around the country as busy summer homebuying months maintain the pressure being felt in already tight housing markets.” 

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The FHFA HPI is the nation’s only collection of public, freely available house price indexes that measure changes in single-family home values based on data from all 50 states and over 400 American cities that extend back to the mid-1970s. The FHFA HPI incorporates tens of millions of home sales and offers insights about house price fluctuations at the national, census division, state, metro area, county, ZIP code, and census tract levels. FHFA uses a fully transparent methodology based upon a weighted, repeat-sales statistical technique to analyze house price transaction data.

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