According to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Index for August 2017, U.S. home prices are up strongly both year over year and month over month. Home prices nationally increased year over year by 6.9 percent from August 2016 to August 2017, and on a month-over-month basis, home prices increased by 0.9 percent in August 2017 compared with July 2017, according to the CoreLogic HPI.
“While growth in home sales has stalled due to a lack of inventory during the last few months, the tight inventory has actually helped stabilize price growth,” said Dr. Frank Nothaft, chief economist for CoreLogic. “Over the last three years, price growth in the CoreLogic national index has been between 5 percent and 7 percent per year, and CoreLogic expects home prices to increase about 5 percent by this time next year.”
In an analysis of the country’s 100 largest metropolitan areas based on housing stock, 34 percent of cities have an overvalued housing stock as of August 2017, according to CoreLogic Market Conditions Indicators (MCI) data. The MCI analysis categorizes home prices in individual markets as undervalued, at value or overvalued by comparing home prices to their long-run, sustainable levels, which are supported by local market fundamentals such as disposable income.
Also as of August, 27 percent of the top 100 metropolitan areas were undervalued and 39 percent were at value. When looking at only the top 50 markets based on housing stock, 46 percent were overvalued, 16 percent were undervalued and 38 percent were at value.
The MCI analysis defines an overvalued housing market as one in which home prices are at least 10 percent higher than the long-term, sustainable level, while an undervalued housing market is one in which home prices are at least 10 percent below the sustainable level.