Housing Confidence Surges, but Home Price Gains Ebb; More Contraction Ahead?
Home prices measured by CoreLogic's Home Price Index (HPI) for January ended a six-month long pattern of accelerating annual gains. The increases also slowed on a month-over-month basis. The company said that nationally prices were up 6.9 percent from January 2016 to January 2017. The HPI had risen by a minimum of 0.1 percent more every month than it had in the preceding month since May, increasing from 5.7 percent that month and posting a 7.2 percent annual gain in December. Home prices increased from December to January by 0.7 percent. Month-over-month appreciation had been at 1.1 percent for each of the previous six months before slipping to an 0.8 percent gain from November to December. "With lean for-sale inventories and low rental vacancy rates, many markets have seen housing prices outpace
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