In a reverse from yesterday, 30-year and 15-year fixed rates dropped slightly on Tuesday, while 5/1 ARM rates held steady once again, according to a NerdWallet survey of mortgage rates published by national lenders this morning.
September housing price gain continues upward trend
Early Tuesday, S&P Dow Jones Indices released the latest results for the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices, which measure U.S. home prices. The report revealed a 5.5% annual housing price gain in September, up from 5.1% in August. Housing prices have inched up over the last 12 months, and September’s increase passed a high set in July 2006, before the housing crisis.
Out of a 20-city composite, Seattle; Portland, Oregon; and Denver had the highest year-over-year gains over each of the last eight months. In September, Seattle saw an 11% year-over-year price increase, Portland a 10.9% increase and Denver 8.7%. In total, 12 cities reported higher year-over-year increases last month compared to August.
This new peak “will be seen as marking a shift from the housing recovery to the hoped-for start of a new advance,” said David M. Blitzer, managing director and chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices. “While seven of the 20 cities previously reached new post-recession peaks, those that experienced the biggest booms — Miami, Tampa, Phoenix and Las Vegas — remain well below their all-time highs. Other housing indicators are also giving positive signals: sales of existing and new homes are rising and housing starts at an annual rate of 1.3 million units are at a post-recession peak.”
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Michael Burge is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: [email protected].