January 30, 2018 12:15 PM, EST

Home Prices in 20 US Cities Climb by the Most Since July 2014

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Home prices in 20 U.S. cities increased in November by the most in more than three years, underscoring a lingering scarcity of housing inventory, according to S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller data released Jan. 30.

Highlights of Home Prices for November

• 20-city property values index increased 6.4% year over year (estimated 6.3%), after climbing 6.3% year over year.

• National home-price gauge rose 6.2% year over year.

• Seasonally adjusted 20-city index climbed 0.7% month over month (estimated 0.6%).

Key Takeaways

The nationwide measure of price gains, which has been 5% or more for 16 straight months, reflects the rebound in residential real estate. While demand is getting a boost from a strong job market and low mortgage rates, supply has continued to lag, especially for previously owned dwellings.

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A limited number of for-sale listings has in the past few years been driving up property values faster than wage gains, crimping affordability for younger, first-time buyers.

That could eventually become a headwind to faster price appreciation. For now, the gains mean rising home equity for those who own properties.

Economist Views

“Home prices continue to rise three times faster than the rate of inflation,” David Blitzer, chairman of the S&P index committee, said in a statement. “Without more supply, home prices may continue to substantially outpace inflation.”

Other Details

• All 20 cities in the index showed year-over-year gains, led by a 12.7% increase in Seattle and a 10.6% advance in Las Vegas.

• After seasonal adjustment, San Francisco had the biggest month-over-month rise at 1.8%, followed by Las Vegas with a 1.1% increase.

• Cleveland, San Diego and Phoenix registered the smallest month-over-month gains, each with a 0.1% increase.

With assistance by Jordan Yadoo