Home prices reached new all-time highs in March as every major metro noted month-over-month price increases.

The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price NSA Index, covering all nine U.S. census divisions, reported a 6.5% annual gain for March, the same increase as the previous month.

Home price increases in March
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The 10-City Composite posted an increase of 8.2%, up from a 8.1% increase in the previous month and the 20-City Composite posted a slight year-over-year increase to 7.4%, up from a 7.3% increase in the previous month.

“This month’s report boasts another all-time high,” says Brian D. Luke, head of commodities, real and digital assets at S&P Dow Jones Indices. “We’ve witnessed records repeatedly break in both stock and housing markets over the past year. Our National Index has reached new highs in six of the last 12 months. During that time, we’ve seen record stock market performance, with the S&P 500 hitting fresh all-time highs for 35 trading days in the past year.

He continues, “On a seasonal adjusted basis, national home prices have reached their ninth all-time high within the past year, with all 20 metropolitan markets posting positive annual gains for the fourth consecutive month, indicating widespread and sustained growth in the housing sector.”

Among the 20 cities, San Diego continued to report the highest year-over-year gain with an 11.1% increase in March, followed by New York and Cleveland, with 9.2% and 8.8% increases, respectively. Denver, which still holds the lowest rank after reporting three consecutive months of the smallest year-over-year growth, posted the same 2.1% annual increase in March as the previous month.

“San Diego stands out with an impressive 11.1% annual gain, followed closely by New York, Cleveland, and Los Angeles, indicating a strong demand for urban markets. The two largest population centers make up about 30% of the 20-City Composite and have shown significant recovery, keeping pace with our national composite annualized return of 9.9% since 2020,” Luke adds.

“San Francisco and Seattle are still trailing previous highs, currently 9.7% and 8.2% lower than in May 2022, respectively. While Southern California ranked among the best annually, Seattle and San Francisco recorded the strongest monthly gains.”

On a monthly basis,the U.S. National Index, the 20-City Composite, and the 10-City Composite all continued their upward trend from February, showing pre-seasonality adjustment increases of 1.3%, 1.6% and 1.6%, respectively.

After seasonal adjustment, the U.S. National Index registered a month-over-month increase of 0.3%, while the 20-City and the 10-City Composites both reported month-over-month increases of 0.3% and 0.5%, respectively.

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