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US home prices projected to increase 4.2pc in 2018

| Updated: January 05, 2018 12:02:22

US home prices set to soar in 2018

US home prices are projected to increase 4.2 per cent on a year-on-year basis from November 2017 to November 2018, according to a new report released Tuesday.

Home prices in the United States are up on both month to month basis and year to year basis, showed real estate researcher CoreLogic's Home Price Index, reports Xinhua.

Home prices nationally increased year over year by 7.0 per cent from November 2016 to November 2017, and on a month to month basis home prices increased by 1.0 per cent in November 2017 compared with October 2017.

According to CoreLogic Market Condition Indicators data, an analysis of housing values in the country's 100 largest metropolitan areas based on housing stock, 37 per cent of metropolitan areas have an overvalued housing stock as of November 2017.

When looking at only the top 50 markets based on housing stock, 50 per cent were overvalued, 14 per cent were undervalued and 36 per cent were at value.

Las Vegas is on the top of the list of metropolitan areas being overvalued, showing a double-digit 12-month price gain of 11.1 per cent.

In Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, home prices, including distressed sales, increased by 7.5 per cent in November 2017 compared with November 2016.

On a month to month basis, home prices, including distressed sales, increased by 0.7 per cent in November 2017 compared with October 2017.

"Rising home prices are good news for home sellers, but add to the challenges that home buyers face," said Frank Nothaft, chief economist for CoreLogic, in the report emailed to Xinhua.

"Growing numbers of first-time buyers find limited for-sale inventory for lower-priced homes, leading to both higher rates of price growth for 'starter' homes and further erosion of affordability," he added.

"Without a significant surge in new building and affordable housing stock, the relatively high level of growth in home prices of recent years will continue in most markets," said Frank Martell, president and CEO of CoreLogic.

"Although policymakers are increasingly looking for ways to address the lack of affordable housing, much more needs to be done soon to see a significant improvement over the medium term."

CoreLogic is a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider.

The CoreLogic Home Price Index is built on industry-leading public record, servicing and securities real-estate databases and incorporates more than 40 years of repeat-sales transactions for analysing home price trends.

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