Biggest jump in US house prices in 7 years

According to CoreLogic’s June Home Price Index (HPI) report, home prices nationwide, including distressed sales, increased on a year-over-year basis by 2.5 % in June 2012 compared to June 2011.

On a month-over-month basis, including distressed sales, home prices increased by 1.3 % in June 2012 compared to May 2012. The June 2012 figures mark the fourth consecutive increase in home prices nationally on both a year-over-year and month-over-month basis.
Excluding distressed sales, home prices nationwide increased on a year-over-year basis by 3.2 % in June 2012 compared to June 2011. On a month-over-month basis excluding distressed sales, home prices increased 2.0 % in June 2012 compared to May 2012, the fifth consecutive month-over-month increase. Distressed sales include short sales and real estate owned (REO) transactions.
The CoreLogic Pending HPI indicates that July home prices, including distressed sales, will rise by at least 0.4 % on a month-over-month basis from June 2012 and by 2.0 % on a year-over-year basis from July 2011. Excluding distressed sales, July house prices are also poised to rise by 1.4 % month-over-month from June 2012 and by 4.3 % year-over-year from July 2011.
“Home prices are responding positively to reductions in both visible and shadow inventory over the past year,” said Mark Fleming, chief economist for CoreLogic. “This trend is a bright spot because the decline in shadow inventory translates to fewer distressed sales, which helps sustain price appreciation.”
“At the halfway point, 2012 is increasingly looking like the year that the residential housing market may have turned the corner,” said Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic. “While first-half gains have given way to second-half declines over the past three years, we see encouraging signs that modest price gains are supportable across the country in the second-half of 2012.”
Including distressed sales, the five states with the highest appreciation were: Arizona (+13.8 %), Idaho (10.4 %), South Dakota (+10.1 %), Utah (+8.3 %) and Wyoming (+7.7 %).
Excluding distressed sales, the five states with the highest appreciation were: South Dakota (+10.2 %), Utah (+9.1 %), Montana (+8.7 %), Arizona (+8.7 %) and Wyoming (+6.9 %).