The Standard & Poor/Case-Shiller Home Price Index -- reporting data through August 2012 -- was released October 30.
With an index level of 194.00, Washington DC is the city showing the biggest increase in average home prices since January 2000.
- Washington Metro Area home prices increased 4.3% over August 2011.
- Nationwide home prices for the composite 20 cities increased 2.0% from August 2011.
Local perspective: the Real Estate Business Intelligence report on the DC Metro Area -- with data through September 2012 -- was released October 10. RBI methodology shows DC Metro home prices increased 6.5% over September 2011, sales rose 4.7%.
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Standard & Poor's Research Methodology
When reviewing the S&P/Case-Shiller data keep in mind the following critical points:
- Property Status - The S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices include statistics for distressed properties (i.e. foreclosures, short sales), skewing home prices lower.
- Report Date - These numbers are for May 2012. The S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices are published on a 2-4 month lag to offset delays in sales price data from county deed recorders.
- Property Type - The index reports single-family/detached home prices only; condo and co-op sales statistics are not included in the analysis for the DC area.
Washington Metropolitan Statistical Area Defined
S&P methodology defines the Washington region as a vast "Metropolitan Statistical Area" stretching aross three states from West Virginia, through the District of Columbia, and into Maryland. Housing market statistics for such a vast area bear little relevance for an individual consumer seeking clarity on local home values. Below is the area described as Washington:
- Washington, DC
- Maryland - Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Montgomery, and Prince Georges Counties
- Virginia - Alexandria City, Fairfax City, Falls Church City, Fredericksburg City, Manassas City, Manassas Park City; Arlington, Clarke, Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Warren Counties
- West Virginia - Jefferson County
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