“It’s Unstoppable” – US Home Prices Rise At Fastest Pace In Over 3 Years

US national home prices are up 6.07% YoY in August – the fastest rate since June 2014.

We note this data is for August – before the hurricanes.

Seattle (up 13.2 percent), Las Vegas (up 8.6 percent), and San Diego (up 7.8 percent) were the top three cities in terms of year-over-year price appreciation; all cities showed gains of at least 3 percent.

After seasonal adjustment, San Diego had the biggest month-over-month increase at 1 percent, while Atlanta was the only city to show a decline, at 0.2 percent.

Pushing home prices to a new record high…

“Home-price increases appear to be unstoppable,” David Blitzer, chairman of the S&P index committee, said in a statement.

 

At the same time, “measures of affordability are beginning to slide, indicating that the pool of buyers is shrinking,”

 

and the Fed’s interest-rate hikes are likely to push mortgage rates higher over time, “removing a key factor supporting rising home prices,” he said.

In fact, US homes have never been more unaffordable…

 

As every single city's home prices are rising faster than earnings…

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