Home prices rose 0.3% in August

Pacific states saw the biggest uptick in home prices, while the Mid-Atlantic region actually saw a slight decrease

Seasonally adjusted home prices rose 0.3 percent month-over-month and 6.1 percent year-over-year in August, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s latest House Price Index (HPI) report released on Wednesday. July’s HPI was revised upward from 0.2 percent to 0.4 percent month-over-month, noted the FHFA.

For the nine census divisions, the Middle Atlantic was the only one to experience a month-over-month decrease (-0.7%) in home prices. Meanwhile, the Pacific had the largest month-over-month increase at 0.8 percent followed by the East South Central and South Atlantic regions at 0.4 percent each.

On a year-over-year basis, all nine census divisions experienced an uptick in home prices with the Mountain division leading with an 8.4 percent gain, followed by the Middle Atlantic with a 4.0 percent increase.

The House Price Index is calculated using home sales price statistics from mortgages sold to or guaranteed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and excludes high-priced properties bought with jumbo loans or cash sales.

Here are the states in each census division:

Pacific: Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California

Mountain: Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico

West North Central: North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri

West South Central: Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana

East North Central: Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio

East South Central: Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama

New England: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut

Middle Atlantic: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania

South Atlantic: Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida

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