U.S. Housing Prices Have Been Rising For Three Months

According to independent U.S. research company John Burns Real Estate Consulting (JBREC),home prices there are rising.  In a report released Monday, JBREC advised "Over the last 3 months, prices are up in 90 of the 97 markets we analyzed. The average price increase over the last 3 months is 1.1%, or a 4.5% annual rate."

JBREC had conducted analysis of home prices in 97 U.S. markets and found that over the January-to-March period prices were up in 90 of them.

While some other industry indices still painted a picture of falling U.S. home prices, Wayne Yamano, VP and director of research for JBREC, says it’s because most price indices are on a three-month lag.

Yamano explains that after hundreds of hours of research vetting 23 data sources and running calculation after calculation,JBREC developed the Burns Home Value Index (BHVI), which calculates home values based on prices that are set at the time purchase contracts are negotiated and signed.

Nearly all other indices are based on when the purchase transaction closes, he says, which is typically two months after the purchase contracts were negotiated. Then, it takes one to two months for the closing price data to be compiled and reported, according to Yamano.

“The slow housing market recovery is underway, and it can accelerate or turn down quickly,” said Yamano. “The future is uncertain, and it is even more uncertain when you are using data that is three months old.”