Article Attachment

The attached file contains this articles commentary as well as tables and charts of the data.
Download Attachment

Case Shiller Home Prices: Strongest Monthly Gain Since Feb '06

March 30, 2021
Bottom Line:  Home prices in January rose the most in a month since February 2006. Gains were robust across nearly every metro statistical area.  Phoenix, San Diego, and Seattle remained the strongest markets, but even major markets like the Chicago and New York areas saw solid gains.  Overall, the covid-induced structural shift in demand towards single-family, suburban housing and improved affordability due to low mortgage rates resulted in an acceleration in prices nationwide, with the trend running in the high single-digits nationally.   That said, these data were for January, before much of the rise in mortgage rates.  After an initial push to lock-in low affordability that likely drives prices higher still in February and March, we expect higher mortgage rates will cool the pace of home price gains in the 2nd Quarter even as the structural demand shift remains.
Case Shiller 20-City Home Price Index ROSE by 1.20% (seasonally adjusted) in January to 245.1, compared with market expectations for an increase of 1.2%. Home prices are 11.1% ABOVE their year-ago level.
On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, the home price index ROSE by 0.9% on the month.
Housing prices rose in 20 of the 20 metro areas in January (on a seasonally adjusted basis) and in 20 of 20 metro areas on a year-over-year basis.
Chicago had the smallest year-over-year increase at 8.5% while Phoenix had the largest year-over-year increase at 16.6%.