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Home Price Trends Continue to Accelerate
Yesterday's Corelogic home price data release makes adds evidence to the argument that housing's recovery is accelerating. October home prices rose 6.3% YoY, which was a sharp acceleration from September's YoY growth of 5.2%. More to the point, Corelogic has for the last few months provided an early read on the following month. Based on this early read, they estimate that home prices rose 7.1% in November. Moreover, the distressed-excluded home price index is estimated to rise by 7.4% in November. We think it's also worth pointing out that that there was an upward revision of sorts to this October number. One month ago, when Corelogic gave an early read into October pricing, they estimated prices rose by 5.7%. The actual data came in at 6.3%. This month, they're estimating November at 7.1%.
We'll discuss why animal spirits are taking hold in housing on our conference call this Friday.
Demand Reinforces Price
Mortgage demand rose +0.1% week-over-week. While +0.1% is nothing to write home about, it is noteworthy in that it is coming off a relatively high base, and marks the fourth consecutive week of positive WoW improvements. In fact, 13 out of the last 16 weeks have been positive.
Refinance applications rose 6.0% last week while the average rate on a 30-yr FRM declined 3 bps to 3.40%. QTD refinance applications are 41% higher than they were in 4Q11.
Joshua Steiner, CFA