Monday, July 2, 2012

CoreLogic: DC Home Prices Up 6.7% in May

The latest CoreLogic Home Price Index (HPI®) -- reporting data through May 2012 -- was released Monday, July 2.  May 2012 figures mark the third consecutive increase in home prices nationwide on both a year-over-year and month-over-month basis. 

Looking forward, the CoreLogic Pending HPI indicates that house prices nationwide, including distressed sales, will rise by at least another 1.4% from May 2012 to June 2012. Excluding distressed sales, house prices should rise by 2.0% during that same time period.

A few points on the CoreLogic research methodology:

  • Results reflect repeat sales of existing single-family attached and single-family detached homes only.
  • New home builder sales are not included in the analysis.
  • CoreLogic's data excludes condos and coops from review.

For a more detailed discussion of differences in research methodologies and resultant statistics take a look at my recent blog post How to Evaluate Housing Reports.

District of Columbia

Numbers for the District of Columbia alone show single-family home prices -- including distressed properties -- rose over May 2011.  Apparently, local prices for short sales and foreclosures are rising reducing the prospect of getting a "deal" on a distressed sale.

  • DC home prices rose 6.7% over last year -- including distressed sales.
  • Prices increased 5.3% over last year -- excluding distressed home sales.

Core Based Statistical Area

Figures for the Washington "Core Based Statistical Area" -- which includes the District, Arlington, Alexandria, and parts of Maryland and West Virginia -- show overall prices rising as well.

  • Prices increased 2.9% over May 2011 -- excluding distressed home sales.
  • Home prices are up 2.8% -- including distressed home sales.


Nationally the numbers show home price increases both with or without distressed properties.  Distressed sales include short sales and foreclosures.

Including Distressed Sales:
  • Home prices nationwide increased on a year-over-year basis by 2.0% over May 2011.
  • On a month-over-month basis, home prices also increased by 1.8% in May 2012 compared to April 2012.

Excluding Distressed Sales:
  • Home prices nationwide increased on a year-over-year basis by 2.7% in May 2012 compared to May 2011.
  • On a month-over-month basis, home prices increased 2.3% in May 2012 over April 2012, the fourth month-over-month increase in a row.

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The CoreLogic HPI provides a multi-tier market evaluation based on price, time between sales, property type, loan type and distressed sales. The CoreLogic HPI is a repeat-sales index that tracks increases and decreases in sales prices for the same homes over time, including single-family attached and single-family detached homes, which provides a more accurate "constant-quality" view of pricing trends than basing analysis on all home sales.

About CoreLogic

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Read the full Home Data Index report.

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