Markets & Economy

Home prices post biggest gain in more than 7 years

NAR: Balance tilted toward sellers in many markets

The median existing single-family home price posted its biggest annual gain in more than seven years in the first quarter of 2013, as market conditions for home sellers continued to improve and home sales increased, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported today. The median home price leaped 11.3 percent on an annual basis in the first quarter of 2013, rising from $158,600 to $176,600, according to NAR's latest quarterly report. That represents the largest year-over-year price gain since the fourth quarter of 2005, when the median price jumped 13.6 percent, NAR said. “The supply/demand balance is clearly tilted toward sellers in a good portion of the country,” said NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. “Inventory conditions are expected to remain fairly constrained this year, so overall price increases should be well above the historic gain of one-to-two percentage points above the rate of inflation.  If home builders can continue to ramp up production, then home pr...