Home Prices at Peak, Gains Expected to Slow in 2014

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CF Funding shares news about how home prices are showing new highs.

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Median home prices are up 11 percent from a year ago, and are now at their highest level since December 2008

CF Funding is pleased to share with homebuyers that home prices in the U.S. are at their peak, according to property analysts, and further increases are expected to be more subtle. Many homeowners have benefited from rising home prices in recent years, as they were able to regain the equity in their homes, allowing them to refinance or remodel. However, many counties have reached new home price peaks over the past few years, some now higher than pre-recession levels. A few counties that have reached price peaks include San Francisco County, CA; Travis County, TX; and Jefferson County, CO, as mentioned in a Reuters Press Release on Thursday, May 29.

Median home prices are up 11 percent from a year ago, and are now at their highest level since December 2008. On Wednesday, CF Funding shared that “home price gains were high in Chicago, with a year-over-year gain of 11.5 percent. Price gains were also high in Cleveland, Detroit, Miami, Minneapolis, and New York.” Luckily for homebuyers, interest rates remain lower than expected as the Federal Reserve plans to keep interest rates below historic averages for awhile.

The median sales price of residential properties in the U.S. reached $172,000 in April, which is the largest year-over-year increase “since median prices bottomed out in March 2012,” according to Realty Trac. Vice President Daren Blomquist said median home prices are still 28 percent lower than pre-recession peaks of $237,537, seen in August 2006. However, “there are a surprising number of markets… where median home prices have surpassed their previous peaks since the Great Recession ended in June 2009.” This “surprising number” of markets is about 19 percent of major counties in the U.S. CF Funding is happy to see homeowners regaining equity across the country.

Some markets have seen home prices slow down over the past year, such as Phoenix, AZ, which had a 9 percent home price appreciation in April 2014 versus a 30 percent annual appreciation in April 2013. Tampa, FL saw a 5 percent appreciation over the past year versus a 19 percent annual appreciation in April 2013. Jacksonville, FL had only 4 percent appreciation in April 2014 versus a 17 percent appreciation in April 2013. This is a clear sign of a slowdown in home prices that will allow homes to become affordable for many Americans this year. CF Funding will provide many homebuyers with the opportunity to fund their first home this year as the lender provides home mortgages in IL, CO, TN, CA, and FL.

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