Homeowning ‘Grinches’ Hoarding Housing Supply from Willing Holiday Buyers, According to First American Data & Analytics Monthly Home Price Index Report
Starter Home Price Appreciation Remains Robust in Most Markets
December 12, 2023, Santa Ana, Calif.
First American Data & Analytics, a leading national provider of property-centric information, risk management and valuation solutions and a division of First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF), today released its November 2023 Home Price Index (HPI) report. The report tracks home price changes less than four weeks behind real time at the national, state and metropolitan (Core-Based Statistical Area) levels and includes metropolitan price tiers that segment sale transactions into starter, mid and luxury tiers. The full report can be found here.
November 2023 House Price Index Highlights
The First American Data & Analytics’ non-seasonally adjusted (NSA) HPI showed that nationally in November 2023:
- Between October 2023 and November 2023 house prices increased 0.3 percent.
- House prices increased 7.6 percent between November 2022 and November 2023.
- House prices reached a new peak for the eighth month in a row in November 2023.
- House price growth reported in last month’s HPI for September 2023 to October 2023 was revised down 0.3 percentage points, from 0.4 percent to 0.1 percent.
“The October spike in mortgage rates thankfully retreated in November, providing an affordability boost to prospective buyers and fueling home price appreciation. Preliminary November results indicate that home prices increased for the eighth consecutive month,” said Mark Fleming, chief economist at First American. “This holiday season, homeowners are the ‘grinches,’ hoarding housing supply from willing buyers and keeping upward pressure on prices. However, the new year offers hope to discouraged buyers as sellers’ anchor bias to historically low mortgage rates fades and the potential for slightly lower mortgage rates further improves affordability.”
House Prices Increase for 8th Straight Month
First American Data & Analytics HPI (NSA, Yearly and Monthly Growth)
November 2023 House Price State Highlights
- The five most populous states experienced the following year-over-year growth in the HPI: Pennsylvania (+8.7 percent), Florida (+5.5 percent), California (+4.5 percent), Texas (+4.3 percent), and New York (+2.2 percent).
- There were no states with a year-over-year decrease in the HPI.
- Full 50-state HPI data is available here.
November 2023 House Price Local Market Highlights
- Among the 30 Core-Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs) tracked by First American Data & Analytics, the five markets with the greatest year-over-year increase in the HPI are: Anaheim, Calif. (+10.9 percent), Nassau County, N.Y. (+10.1 percent), Cambridge, Mass. (+9.7 percent), San Diego (+9.1 percent), and Miami (+9.0 percent).
- Among the 30 Core-Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs) tracked by First American Data & Analytics, there was only one market with a year-over-year decrease in the HPI: Austin, Texas (-1.8 percent).
- Data for the largest 30 CBSAs by population is available here.
November 2023 Local Market Price Tier Highlights
The First American Data & Analytics HPI segments home price changes at the metropolitan level into three price tiers based on local market sales data: starter tier, which represents home sales prices at the bottom third of the market price distribution; mid-tier, which represents home sales prices in the middle third of the market price distribution; and the luxury tier, which represents home sales prices in the top third of the market price distribution.
“Unsurprisingly, starter home prices grew the fastest in many markets. Would be first-time buyers hoping to become homeowners usually do so with a lower-priced starter home," said Fleming. “While the homeownership rate for millennials recently surpassed 50 percent, there are still a lot of potential buyers bidding against each other for the rare starter home that comes to market."
Starter Home Prices Grew Fastest in Many Markets
HPI by Price Tier (%, Annual Growth)
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 The most recent index results are subject to revision as data from more transactions become available.
 The HPI for non-disclosure states and markets that fall within non-disclosures states are not included in this month’s HPI report.
The next release of the First American Data & Analytics House Price Index will take place the week of January 16, 2024.
First American Data & Analytics HPI Methodology
The First American Data & Analytics HPI report measures single-family home prices, including distressed sales, with indices updated monthly beginning in 1980 through the month of the current report. HPI data is provided at the national, state and CBSA levels and includes preliminary index estimates for the month prior to the report (i.e. the preliminary result of July transactions is reported in August). The most recent index results are subject to revision as data from more transactions become available.
The HPI uses a repeat-sales methodology, which measures prices changes for the same property over time using more than 46 million paired transactions to generate the indices. In non-disclosure states, the HPI utilizes a combination of public sales records, MLS sold and active listings, and appraisal data to estimate house prices. This comprehensive approach is particularly effective in areas where there is limited availability of accurate sale prices, such as non-disclosure states. Property type, price and location data are used to create more refined market segment indices. Real Estate-Owned transactions are not included.
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