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FHFA House Price Index Up 0.8 Percent in May
Washington, DC – U.S. house prices rose 0.8 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from April to May, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s monthly House Price Index. The previously reported 0.8 percent increase in April was revised downward to a 0.7 percent increase. For the 12 months ending in May of 2012, U.S. prices rose 3.7 percent. The U.S.
index is 17.0 percent below its April 2007 peak and is roughly the same as the May 2004 index
The FHFA monthly index is calculated using purchase prices of houses with mortgages that have been sold to or guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. For the nine census divisions, seasonally adjusted monthly price changes from April to May 2012 ranged from -1.0 percent in the West South Central division to +1.7 percent in the Pacific division.
Monthly index values and appreciation rate estimates for recent periods are provided in the table and graphs on the following pages. Click here for complete historical data.
For detailed information concerning the monthly HPI, please see the HPI Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). The next HPI release will be on August 23, 2012 and will include monthly data for June and quarterly data for the second quarter of 2012. Release dates for the remainder of 2012 and all of 2013 are available here.
The Federal Housing Finance Agency regulates Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the 12 Federal Home Loan Banks.
These government-sponsored enterprises provide more than $5.7 trillion in funding for the U.S. mortgage markets.