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Home price increases slowed slightly in April, says S&P Case-Shiller

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Home price increases slowed ever so slightly in April, however it’s the first potential signal of a cooling in costs.

Prices rose 20.4% nationally in April in contrast with the identical month a year in the past, in line with the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Index. In March, house costs grew 20.6%. The final slight deceleration was in November of final year.

The 10-city composite annual enhance was 19.7%, up from 19.5% in March. The 20-city composite posted a 21.2% annual achieve, up from 21.1% in the earlier month.

In a change from the final 5 months, when many of the 20 cities noticed month-to-month price good points, solely 9 cities noticed costs rise quicker in April than that they had performed in March. Cities in the South continued to see the strongest month-to-month good points, together with Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, Miami, and Tampa.

“April 2022 showed initial (although inconsistent) signs of a deceleration in the growth rate of U.S. home prices,” Craig Lazzara, managing director at S&P DJI, wrote in a launch. “We continue to observe very broad strength in the housing market, as all 20 cities notched double -digit price increases for the 12 months ended in April. April’s price increase ranked in the top quintile of historical experience for every city, and in the top decile for 19 of them.”

Tampa, Miami and Phoenix continued to steer the pack with the strongest price good points. Tampa house costs had been up with a surprising 35.8% year-over-year price enhance, adopted by Miami with a 33.3% enhance, and Phoenix with a 31.3% enhance. Nine of the 20 cities reported larger price increases in the year ending April 2022 versus the year ending March 2022.

Cities with the smallest good points, though nonetheless in double digits, had been Minneapolis, Washington, D.C., and Chicago.

It is essential to notice that not solely are these price good points for April, however the index is a three-month shifting common. The common rate on the 30-year fastened mortgage simply crossed the 5% mark in April after rising from round 3% in January. By June it had crossed 6%.

“We noted last month that mortgage financing has become more expensive as the Federal Reserve ratchets up interest rates, a process that had only just begun when April data were gathered. A more challenging macroeconomic environment may not support extraordinary home price growth for much longer,” stated Lazzara.

The housing market is already cooling, with slower gross sales and experiences of price drops amongst some sellers. The provide of properties on the market has additionally elevated steadily, as extra listings come on the market and houses already on sit longer. Active stock final week was 21% larger than it was the identical week one year in the past, in line with Realtor.com.

“For buyers and sellers, the road ahead will require more flexibility in pricing, brushing up on negotiation skills, and acknowledging that market conditions today are different than even six months ago,” stated George Ratiu, senior economist at Realtor.com.

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