CoreLogic: Prices End 2012 with Biggest Annual Gain in Six Years
02/05/2013 – DSNews – Esther Cho
National home prices ended the year by posting their biggest annual gain since May 2006, and prices rose in December for the 10th consecutive month, CoreLogic reported Tuesday.
The data provider’s Home Price Index (HPI) registered a year-over-year increase of 8.3 percent in December when including distressed sales. From November to December, prices barely moved higher, increasing just 0.4 percent.
In January, the forward looking Pending HPI projects prices will rise 7.9 percent on a yearly basis in January, but fall by 1 percent on a monthly basis due to the typical seasonal decline.
“We are heading into 2013 with home prices on the rebound,” said Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic. “The upward trend in home prices in 2012 was broad based with 46 of 50 states registering gains for the year. All signals point to a continued improvement in the fundamentals underpinning the U.S. housing market recovery.”
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