Home prices have continued to accelerate in recent months due to insatiable demand fueled by a shortage of homes listing on the market.
The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller National Home Price Index, which measures average home prices in major metropolitan areas across the nation, rose 19.8% in the year that ended in February, up from a 19.1% annual rate from the prior month. February marked the highest annual rate of price growth since August, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The Case-Shiller index, which measures repeat-sales data, reports on a two-month delay. Inventory has risen since February but remains far below normal levels. The median existing-home price rose 15% in March from a year earlier, NAR said, to $375,300, a record high in data going back to 1999, the Wall Street Journal reports.
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