Today, Standard & Poor’s (S&P) released February 2015 values for its Case-Shiller Home Price Index, which tracks the prices of existing single-family homes in 20 U.S. metro areas. The index in each metropolitan area extends from a base value of 100 in January 2000. For example, Chicago’s February 2015 index value was 126.72 before seasonal adjustment; this translates to a 26.72 percent appreciation since January 2000 for a typical home in the Chicago market.
  • All 20 cities tracked and both composite indices showed positive year-over-year returns in February. In Chicago, the index increased 3.4 percent from 122.61 in February 2014 to 126.72 in February 2015. This growth was greater than January 2015, when prices increased 2.5 percent from the previous year.
  • Chicago’s February 2015 index level decreased by 0.04% from January 2015, while the 10-City and 20-City Composite monthly rates both increased by 0.5%.
  • In a press release, Standard & Poor’s Index Committee Chairman David M. Blitzer said, “Home prices continue to rise and outpace both inflation and wage gains. While nationally, prices are recovering, new construction of single family homes remains very weak despite low vacancy rates among both renters and owner-occupied homes.”


Note: values reflect non-seasonally adjusted data, which are typically more appropriate for annual comparisons than monthly ones; however, due to heightened volatility in recent housing values that can skew the seasonal adjustments, S&P recommends using the non-seasonally adjusted numbers, even for month-to-month comparisons.

Source: S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices

The full press release and additional data can be found on the S&P website.

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