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May 2016 Black Knight Home Price Index climbs closer to June 2006 peak

With Mountain states leading the way
  • Every month, Black Knight Financial Services releases a home price index (HPI), which measures home price changes across the country.
  • In May 2016, prices rose 1.1 percent from April and 5.4 percent year-over-year, reflecting a continuation of the steady growth trend recorded in recent months.
  • At $263,000, May's HPI is just 1.8 percent off the June 2006 peak of $267,000.

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According to Black Knight Financial Services’ most recent Home Price Index (HPI) report, home prices in May 2016 registered at $263,000, just 1.8 percent off the June 2006 peak of $267,000. Moreover, price tags are up 31.7 from the market’s bottom.

Specifically, prices rose 1.1 percent from April 2016 and 5.4 percent year-over-year, reflecting a continuation of the steady growth trend recorded in recent months.

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Idaho and North Dakota led the pack in upward price movement with 1.9 percent and 1.8 percent growth, respectively. All states and metros experienced increased prices in May month-over-month.

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Mountain states dominated eight of the top 10 top-performing metros, with Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Fort Collins, Colorado, leading the way with 2.1 percent positive price movement over April.

The nation’s 20 largest states and 40 largest metros also saw year-over-year price increases — the only exception being St. Louis, which had price depreciation of 4.3 percent since May 2015.

Every month, Black Knight Financial Services releases a home price index (HPI), which measures home price changes across the country. Black Knight’s HPI uses repeat sales data from a public records data set as well as Black Knight’s own loan-level mortgage performance data. Non-disclosure states do not include publicly available property sales price information; for these states, Black Knight combines and matches records across its own data assets. The company reports REO discount rates and five price levels across more than 18,000 ZIP codes. Numbers have not been seasonally adjusted.

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