Rates are Applying the Brakes to Appreciation.
The two-year explosion in home prices appears to be cooling a bit. Black Knight says annual appreciation was down in May for the second straight month. But has the damage already been done?
The company, in its May Mortgage Monitor , notes that annual price growth retreated from 20.4 percent in April to 19.3 percent in May. That was the largest negative correction in a single month since 2006. That still left prices up 1.5 percent from April to May – nearly twice the average historic acceleration for that month – and a gain of 10.8 percent during the first five months of the year. Black Knight says home price growth is typically 3 to 4 percent over an entire year.
The slowdown is nearly universal. Only three of the 100 largest markets, Miami, Omaha, and Grand Rapids, hav
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