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U.S. House Price Index Maintains a Slow Improvement Trend

Housing-Market / US Housing May 29, 2012 - 12:42 PM GMT

By: Asha_Bangalore

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The Case-Shiller home price index rose 0.1% in March, after a 0.2% gain in the prior month. The back-to-back monthly increase is noteworthy because one gains of this sort were seen several ago, excluding the period when the first-time home buyer program was in place. On a year-to-year basis, the quarterly Case-Shiller home price index posted a 1.9% decline in first quarter (see Chart 3). The Corelogic Home Price Index shows a nearly similar improvement in the first quarter (-1.7%, see Chart 3).


On a month-to-month basis, Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, and New York were the only four out of the twenty metro areas to post a decline in March. From a year ago, thirteen out of twenty metro areas posted declines in March. These numbers suggest that the coast is not clear yet with regard to home prices but changes are occurring in the desired direction.

Asha Bangalore — Senior Vice President and Economist

http://www.northerntrust.com

Asha Bangalore is Vice President and Economist at The Northern Trust Company, Chicago. Prior to joining the bank in 1994, she was Consultant to savings and loan institutions and commercial banks at Financial & Economic Strategies Corporation, Chicago.

Copyright © 2012 Asha Bangalore

The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of The Northern Trust Company. The Northern Trust Company does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of information contained herein, such information is subject to change and is not intended to influence your investment decisions.


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