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by Calculated Risk on 10/25/2022 10:02:00 AM

Today, in the Calculated Risk Real Estate Newsletter: Case-Shiller: National House Price Index “Continued to Decelerate” to 13.0% year-over-year increase in August


Both the Case-Shiller House Price Index (HPI) and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) HPI for August were released today. Here is a graph of the month-over-month (MoM) change in the Case-Shiller National Index Seasonally Adjusted (SA).

The Case-Shiller Home Price Indices for “August” is a 3-month average of June, July and August closing prices. June closing prices include some contracts signed in April, so there is a significant lag to this data.

The MoM decrease in Case-Shiller was at -0.86% seasonally adjusted. This was the second consecutive MoM decrease, and the largest MoM since February 2010. Since this includes closings in June and July, this suggests prices fell sharply for August closings.

On a seasonally adjusted basis, prices declined in all of the Case-Shiller cities on a month-to-month basis. The largest monthly declines seasonally adjusted were in San Francisco (-3.7%), Seattle (-2.9%), and San Diego (-2.5%). San Francisco has fallen 8.2% from the peak in May 2022.

The August Case-Shiller report is mostly for contracts signed in the April through July period when 30-year mortgage rates were in the low-to-mid 5% range. The September report will mostly be for contracts signed in the May through August period – when rates were also in the low-to-mid 5% range.

The impact from higher rates in September and October will not show up for several more months.

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