Today, Standard & Poor’s (S&P) released April 2016 values for its Case-Shiller Home Price Index, which tracks the prices of existing single-family homes in 20 U.S. metro areas. The index in each metropolitan area extends from a base value of 100 in January 2000. For example, Chicago’s April 2016 index value was 132.97 before seasonal adjustment; this translates to a 32.97 percent appreciation since January 2000 for a typical home in the Chicago market.
- All 20 cities tracked and both composite indices showed positive year-over-year returns. In Chicago, the index increased 3.1 percent from 128.97 in April 2015 to 132.97 in April 2016. This is a higher growth rate than last month’s YOY growth rate of 2.1 percent.
- Chicago’s April 2016 home price level also increased by 2.0 percent from the previous month. This rate is slightly higher than the 10-City and 20-City Composites’ respective 0.99 percent and 1.11 percent growth rates.
- In a press release, Standard & Poor’s Index Committee Chairman David M. Blitzer observed that, “The home price increases reflect the low unemployment rate, low mortgage interest rates, and consumers’ generally positive outlook,” but also cautioned that uncertainty around Brexit and U.S. elections may impact growth.
The following charts illustrate home price comparison and trends.
Source: S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices
Note: The full press release and additional data can be found on the S&P website. Values reflect non-seasonally adjusted data, which are typically more appropriate for annual comparisons than monthly ones; however, due to heightened volatility in recent housing values that can skew the seasonal adjustments, S&P recommends using the non-seasonally adjusted numbers, even for month-to-month comparisons.
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