U.S. house prices rose in February, up 0.4 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from the previous month, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) monthly House Price Index (HPI). The previously reported 0.5 percent increase in January was revised downward to reflect a 0.4 percent increase.
The FHFA monthly HPI is calculated using home sales price information from mortgages sold to, or guaranteed by, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. From February 2015 to February 2016, house prices were up 5.6 percent. The index levels since October 2015 have exceeded the prior peak level from March 2007.
For the nine census divisions, seasonally adjusted monthly price changes from January 2016 to February 2016 ranged from -0.7 percent in the South Atlantic division to +1.7 percent in the Middle Atlantic division. The 12-month changes were all positive, ranging from +2.5 percent in the New England division to +8.4 percent in the Pacific division.
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