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Housing Price Index Frequently Asked Questions11119<h2 style="text-align&#58;left;">&#160;</h2><table width="75%" class="ms-rteTable-4" bgcolor="#f1f1f1" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-4"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-4" style="width&#58;100%;"><h2 style="text-align&#58;center;">Table of Contents</h2><p> <a href="/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/Housing-Price-Index-Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx#quest1"> <strong>1. What is the value of the HPI?</strong></a></p><p> <a href="/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/Housing-Price-Index-Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx#quest2"> <strong>2. What transactions are covered in the HPI?</strong></a></p><p> <a href="/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/Housing-Price-Index-Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx#quest3"> <strong>3. How is the HPI computed?</strong></a></p><p> <a href="/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/Housing-Price-Index-Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx#quest4"> <strong>4. How often is the HPI published?</strong></a></p><p> <a href="/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/Housing-Price-Index-Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx#quest5"> <strong>5. How is the HPI updated?</strong></a></p><p> <a href="/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/Housing-Price-Index-Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx#quest6"> <strong>6. How do I interpret “four-quarter,” “one-year,” “annual,” and “one-quarter” price changes?</strong></a></p><p> <a href="/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/Housing-Price-Index-Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx#quest7"> <strong>7. How are Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) and Metropolitan Divisions defined and what criteria are used to determine whether an MSA index is published?</strong></a></p><p> <a href="/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/Housing-Price-Index-Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx#quest8"> <strong>8. Does FHFA use the February 2013 revised Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) and Divisions?</strong></a></p><p> <a href="/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/Housing-Price-Index-Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx#quest9"> <strong>9. What geographic areas are covered by the House Price Index?&#160;</strong></a></p><p> <a href="/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/Housing-Price-Index-Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx#quest10"> <strong>10. What is the methodology used by FHFA in computing the Index?</strong></a></p><p> <a href="/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/Housing-Price-Index-Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx#quest11"> <strong>11. How does the HPI differ from the S&amp;P/Case-Shiller® Home Price indexes?</strong></a></p><p> <a href="/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/Housing-Price-Index-Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx#quest12"> <strong>12. How does the House Price Index differ from the Census Bureau’s Constant Quality House Price Index (CQHPI)?</strong></a></p><p> <a href="/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/Housing-Price-Index-Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx#quest13"> <strong>13. Where can I access MSA index numbers and standard errors for each year and quarter?</strong></a></p><p> <a href="/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/Housing-Price-Index-Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx#quest14"> <strong>14. What role do Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac play in the House Price Index?</strong></a></p><p> <a href="/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/Housing-Price-Index-Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx#quest15"> <strong>15. Why is the HPI based on Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac mortgages?</strong></a></p><p> <a href="/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/Housing-Price-Index-Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx#quest16"> <strong>16. When are the indexes normalized in the downloadable ASCII data?</strong></a></p><p> <a href="/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/Housing-Price-Index-Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx#quest17"> <strong>17. Is the HPI adjusted for inflation?</strong></a></p><p> <a href="/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/Housing-Price-Index-Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx#quest18"> <strong>18. How do I use the manipulatable data (in TXT files) on the Web site to calculate appreciation rates?</strong></a></p><p> <a href="/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/Housing-Price-Index-Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx#quest19"> <strong>19. How is FHFA’s House Price Index constructed for MSAs?...</strong></a></p><p> <a href="/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/Housing-Price-Index-Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx#quest20"> <strong>20. How can the House Price Index for an MSA be linked to ZIP codes within that MSA?</strong></a></p><p> <a href="/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/Housing-Price-Index-Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx#quest21"> <strong>21. How and why is the HPI revised each quarter?</strong></a></p><p> <a href="/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/Housing-Price-Index-Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx#quest22"> <strong>22. What transaction dates are used in estimating the index?</strong></a></p><p> <a href="/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/Housing-Price-Index-Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx#quest23"> <strong>23. Are foreclosure sales included in the HPI?</strong></a></p><p> <a href="/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/Housing-Price-Index-Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx#quest24"> <strong>24. How are the monthly House Price Indexes calculated?</strong></a></p><p> <a href="/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/Housing-Price-Index-Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx#quest25"> <strong>25. How are the Census Division and United States House Price Indexes formed?</strong></a></p><p> <a href="/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/Housing-Price-Index-Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx#quest26"> <strong>26. What weights are used in forming the Census Division and United States Indexes?</strong></a></p><p> <a href="/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/Housing-Price-Index-Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx#quest27"> <strong>27. For those house price indexes that are seasonally-adjusted, what approach is used in performing the seasonal adjustment?</strong></a></p><p> <a href="/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/Housing-Price-Index-Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx#quest28"> <strong>28. How is the Expanded-Data HPI calculated?</strong></a></p><p> <a href="/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/Housing-Price-Index-Frequently-Asked-Questions.aspx#quest29"> <strong>29. What is the “distress-free” index?</strong></a></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> <span style="font-family&#58;&quot;lucida bright&quot;, serif;font-size&#58;11pt;">&#160;</span></p><ol><li> <strong> <a name="quest1">What is the value of the House Price Index (HPI)?</a></strong><br><br>The HPI is a broad measure of the movement of single-family house prices. It serves as a timely, accurate indicator of house price trends at various geographic levels. It also provides housing economists with an analytical tool that is useful for estimating changes in the rates of mortgage defaults, prepayments and housing affordability in specific geographic areas. The HPI is a measure designed to capture changes in the value of single-family houses in the U.S. as a whole, in various regions and in smaller areas.<br><br>The HPI is published by the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) using data provided by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO), one of FHFA's predecessor agencies, began publishing the HPI in the fourth quarter of 1995.<br><br>&#160;</li><li> <strong> <a name="quest2">What transactions are covered in the HPI?</a></strong><br><br>The House Price Index is based on transactions involving conforming, conventional mortgages purchased or securitized by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. Only mortgage transactions on single-family properties are included. Conforming refers to a mortgage that both meets the underwriting guidelines of Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac and that does not exceed the conforming loan limit. For loans originated in the first nine months of 2011, the loan limit was set by Public Law 111-242. That law, in conjunction with prior legislation, provided for loan limits up to $729,750 for one-unit properties in certain high-cost areas in the contiguous U.S. Mortgages originated after September 30, 2011 were no longer subject to the terms of prior initiatives and, under the formula established under the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, the &quot;ceiling&quot; limit for one-unit properties in the contiguous U.S. fell to $625,500. The current conforming loan limit is $417,000 in most of the U.S.<br><br>Conventional mortgages are those that are neither insured nor guaranteed by the FHA, VA, or other federal government entities. Mortgages on properties financed by government-insured loans, such as FHA or VA mortgages, are excluded from the HPI, as are properties with mortgages whose principal amount exceeds the conforming loan limit. Mortgage transactions on condominiums, cooperatives, multi-unit properties, and planned unit developments are also excluded.<br><br>&#160;</li><li> <strong> <a name="quest3">How is the HPI computed?</a></strong><br><br>The HPI is a weighted, repeat-sales index, meaning that it measures average price changes in repeat sales or refinancings on the same properties. This information is obtained by reviewing repeat mortgage transactions on single-family properties whose mortgages have been purchased or securitized by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac since January 1975. The HPI is updated each quarter as additional mortgages are purchased or securitized by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The new mortgage acquisitions are used to identify repeat transactions for the most recent quarter and for each quarter since the first quarter of 1975.<br><br>&#160;</li><li> <strong> <a name="quest4">How often is the HPI published?</a></strong><br><br>A comprehensive report is published every three months, approximately two months after the end of the previous quarter. Beginning in March 2008, OFHEO (one of FHFA's predecessor agencies) began publishing monthly indexes for census divisions and the&#160;U.S. FHFA continues publishing and updating these indexes each month.<br><br>&#160;</li><li> <strong> <a name="quest5">How is the HPI updated?</a></strong><br><br>Each month, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac provide FHFA with information on their most recent mortgage transactions. These data are combined with the data from previous periods to establish price differentials on properties where more than one mortgage transaction has occurred. The data are merged, creating an updated historical database that is then used to estimate the HPI.<br><br>&#160;</li><li> <strong> <a name="quest6">How do I interpret &quot;four-quarter,&quot; &quot;one-year,&quot; &quot;annual,&quot; and &quot;one-quarter&quot; price changes?</a></strong><br><br>The &quot;four-quarter&quot; percentage change in home values is simply the price change relative to the same quarter one year earlier. For example, if the HPI release is for the second quarter, then the &quot;four-quarter&quot; price change reports the percentage change in values relative to the second quarter of the prior year. It reflects the best estimate for how much the value of a typical property increased over the four-quarter period (FAQ #2 reports the types of properties included in this estimate). &quot;One-year&quot; and &quot;annual&quot; appreciation are used synonymously with &quot;four-quarter&quot; appreciation in the full quarterly HPI releases.<br><br>Similar to the &quot;four-quarter&quot; price changes, the &quot;one-quarter&quot; percentage change estimates the percentage change in home values relative to the prior quarter. Please note that, in estimating the quarterly price index, all observations within a given quarter are pooled together; no distinction is made between transactions occurring in different months. As such, the &quot;four-quarter&quot; and &quot;one-quarter&quot; changes compare typical values throughout a quarter against valuations during a prior quarter. The appreciation rates do not compare values at the end of a quarter against values at the end of a prior quarter.<br><br>&#160;</li><li> <strong> <a name="quest7">How are Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) and Metropolitan Divisions defined and what criteria are used to determine whether an MSA index is published?</a></strong><br><br>MSAs are defined by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). If specified criteria are met and an MSA contains a single core population greater than 2.5 million, the MSA is divided into Metropolitan Divisions. The following MSAs have been divided into Metropolitan Divisions&#58; Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA-NH; Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI; Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX; Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI; Los Angeles- Long Beach-Anaheim, CA; Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL; New York- Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA; Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD; San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA; Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA; Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV. For these MSAs, FHFA reports data for each Division, rather than the MSA as a whole.<br><br>FHFA requires that an MSA (or Metropolitan Division) must have at least 1,000 total transactions before it may be published. Additionally, an MSA or Division must have had at least 10 transactions in any given quarter for that quarterly value to be published.&#160;Blanks are displayed where this criterion is not met.<br><br>&#160;</li><li> <strong> <a name="quest8">Does FHFA use the February 2013 revised Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) and Divisions?</a></strong><br><br>Yes, FHFA uses the revised Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) and Divisions as defined by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in February 2013 (and revised in July 2015). These MSAs and Divisions are based on Census data. According to OMB, an MSA comprises the central county or counties containing the core, plus adjacent outlying counties having a high degree of social and economic integration with the central county as measured through commuting. For information about the current MSAs, please visit&#58;&#160;<span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;"><a href="http&#58;//www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/bulletins/2015/15-01.pdf" target="_blank">http&#58;//www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/bulletins/2015/15-01.pdf</a></span>.<br><br>Prior to the second quarterly release in 2013, FHFA produced metropolitan area indexes based on the December 2009 delineations provided by the OMB at <a href="http&#58;//www.whitehouse.gov/omb/assets/bulletins/b10-02.pdf"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">http&#58;//www.whitehouse.gov/omb/assets/bulletins/b10-02.pdf</span></a>. That quarter's Highlights piece explains the transition from the December 2009 to the February 2013 definitions. HPIs constructed from both the 2009 and 2013 delineations are available on the Downloadable Data page under the &quot;Additional Data&quot; section then the &quot;Utility Files and Background Information for Index Construction&quot; subsection.<br><br>&#160;</li><li> <strong> <a name="quest9">What geographic areas are covered by the House Price Index?</a></strong><br><br>The HPI includes indexes for all nine census divisions, the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and every Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) in the U.S., excluding Puerto Rico. OMB recognizes 382 MSAs, 11 of which are subdivided into a total of 31 Metropolitan Divisions. As noted earlier, FHFA produces indexes for the divisions where they are available, in lieu of producing a single index for the MSA. In total, 402 indexes are released&#58; 371 for the MSAs that do not have Metropolitan Divisions and 31 Division indexes. The starting dates for indexes differ and are determined by a minimum transaction threshold; index values are not provided for periods before at least 1,000 transactions have been accumulated.<br><br>In each release, FHFA publishes rankings and quarterly, annual, and five-year rates of changes for the MSAs and Metropolitan Divisions that have at least 15,000 transactions over the prior 10 years. In this release, 259&#160;MSAs and Metropolitan Divisions satisfy this criterion. For the remaining areas, MSAs and Divisions, one-year and five-year rates of change are provided.<br><br>&#160;</li><li> <strong> <a name="quest10">What is the methodology used by FHFA in computing the Index?</a></strong><br><br>The methodology is a modified version of the Case-Shiller® geometric weighted repeat- sales procedure. A detailed description of the HPI methodology is available upon request from FHFA at (202) 649-3195 or online at&#58; <a href="http&#58;//go.usa.gov/8BBT"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">http&#58;//go.usa.gov/8BBT</span></a>.<br><br>&#160;</li><li> <strong> <a name="quest11">How does the HPI differ from the S&amp;P/Case-Shiller® Home Price indexes?</a></strong><br><br>Although both indexes employ the same fundamental repeat-valuations approach, there are a number of data and methodology differences. Among the dissimilarities&#58;</li><ol><li>The S&amp;P/Case-Shiller indexes only use purchase prices in index calibration, while the all-transactions HPI also includes refinance appraisals. FHFA's purchase-only series is restricted to purchase prices.</li><li>FHFA's valuation data are derived from conforming mortgages provided by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The S&amp;P/Case-Shiller indexes use information obtained from county assessor and recorder offices.</li><li>The S&amp;P/Case-Shiller indexes are value-weighted, meaning that price trends for more expensive homes have greater influence on estimated price changes than other homes. FHFA's index weights price trends equally for all properties.</li><li>The geographic coverage of the indexes differs. The S&amp;P/Case-Shiller National Home Price Index, for example, does not have valuation data from 13 states. FHFA's U.S. index is calculated using data from all states.<br><br>For details on these and other differences, consult the HPI Technical Description (see <a href="http&#58;//go.usa.gov/8BBT"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">http&#58;//go.usa.gov/8BBT</span></a>) and the S&amp;P/Case-Shiller methodology materials (see <a href="http&#58;//us.spindices.com/documents/methodologies/methodology-sp-cs-home-price-indices.pdf"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">http&#58;//us.spindices.com/documents/methodologies/methodology-sp-cs-home-price-indices.pdf</span></a>).<br><br>A paper that analyzes in detail the methodological and data differences between the two price metrics can be accessed at <a href="http&#58;//go.usa.gov/8BBJ"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">http&#58;//go.usa.gov/8BBJ</span></a>.<br><br>&#160;</li></ol><li> <strong> <a name="quest12">How does the House Price Index differ from the Census Bureau's Constant Quality House Price Index (CQHPI)?</a></strong><br><br>The HPI published by FHFA covers far more transactions than the Commerce Department survey. The CQHPI covers sales of new homes and homes for sale, based on a sample of about 14,000 transactions annually, gathered through monthly surveys.<br><br>The quarterly all-transactions HPI is based on more than 52&#160;million repeat transaction pairs over 41 years. This gives a more accurate reflection of current property values than the Commerce Department index. The HPI also can be updated efficiently using data collected by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the normal course of their business activity.<br><br>&#160;</li><li> <strong> <a name="quest13">Where can I access MSA index numbers and standard errors for each year and quarter?</a></strong><br><br>In addition to the information displayed in the MSA tables, FHFA makes available MSA indexes and standard errors. The data are available in ASCII format and may be accessed at <a href="http&#58;//go.usa.gov/8kXz"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">http&#58;//go.usa.gov/8kXz</span></a>.<br><br>&#160;</li><li> <strong> <a name="quest14">What role do Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac play in the House Price Index?</a></strong><br><br>FHFA uses data supplied by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in compiling the HPI. Each of the Enterprises had previously created a weighted repeat-transactions index based on property matches within its own database. In the first quarter of 1994, Freddie Mac began publishing the Conventional Mortgage Home Price Index (CMHPI). The CMHPI was jointly developed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The CMHPI series covers the period 1970 to the present.<br><br>&#160;</li><li> <strong> <a name="quest15">Why is the HPI based on Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac mortgages?</a></strong><br><br>FHFA has access to this information by virtue of its role as the federal regulator responsible for these government-sponsored enterprises. Chartered by Congress for the purpose of creating a reliable supply of mortgage funds for homebuyers, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are the largest mortgage finance institutions in the U.S. representing a significant share of total outstanding mortgages.<br><br>&#160;</li><li> <strong> <a name="quest16">When are the indexes normalized in the downloadable ASCII data?</a></strong><br><br>The ASCII data for metropolitan areas are normalized to the first quarter of 1995. That is, the HPI equals 100 for all MSAs in the first quarter of 1995. States and divisions are normalized to 100 in the first quarter of 1980. The purchase-only indexes are normalized to 100 in the first quarter of 1991. Note that normalization dates do not affect measured appreciation rates.<br><br>&#160;</li><li> <strong> <a name="quest17">Is the HPI adjusted for inflation?</a></strong><br><br>No, the HPI is not adjusted for inflation. For inflation adjustments, one can use the Consumer Price Index &quot;All Items Less Shelter&quot; series. The Bureau of Labor Statistics' price index series ID# CUUR0000SA0L2, for example, has tracked non-shelter consumer prices since the 1930s. That series and others can be downloaded at&#58; <a href="http&#58;//data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/srgate"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">http&#58;//data.bls.gov/cgi-bin/srgate</span></a>.<br><br>&#160;</li><li> <strong> <a name="quest18">How do I use the manipulatable data (in TXT files) on the website to calculate appreciation rates?</a></strong><br><br>The index numbers alone (for census divisions and U.S., individual states, and MSAs) do not have significance. They have meaning in relation to previous or future index numbers, because you can use them to calculate appreciation rates using the formula below.<br><br>To calculate appreciation between any 2 quarters, use the formula&#58;<br><br>(QUARTER 2 INDEX NUMBER - QUARTER 1 INDEX NUMBER) / QUARTER 1 INDEX NUMBER<br><br>You can generate annual numbers by taking the four quarter average for each year or monthly numbers by finding the difference between two months.<br><br>&#160;</li><li> <strong> <a name="quest19">How is FHFA's House Price Index constructed for MSAs? The website says that FHFA uses the 2015&#160;definitions based on the 2010 Census to define each MSA. Is this true for all time periods covered by each index? Or do the definitions change over time as the Census expanded its MSA definitions? For example, if the definition of an MSA added three counties between 1980 and 2000, would the value of the index in 1980 cover the three counties that were not included in the 1980 SMSA definition?</a></strong><br><br>The HPI is recomputed historically each quarter. The MSA definition used to compute the 1982 (for example) index value in Anchorage, AK would be the most recent definition. The series is comparable backwards.<br><br>&#160;</li><li> <strong> <a name="quest20">How can the House Price Index for an MSA be linked to zip codes within that MSA?</a></strong><br><br>Although&#160;FHFA has&#160;published experimental house price indexes for some&#160;ZIP codes, those indexes are annual (i.e. quarterly index values are not provided). Researchers needing quarterly values for ZIP codes may be interested in using index values for the applicable metropolitan&#160;area.<br>&#160;<br>Because ZIP codes sometimes overlap county boundaries, a single ZIP code can be located partially inside and outside of a Metropolitan Area. Thus, the development of a crosswalk between ZIP codes and Metropolitan Areas is not a straightforward exercise. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has released a lookup table that maps ZIP codes to the Metropolitan Area(s) that they fall within. That lookup file, as well as a discussion of the underlying technical issues, can be found here&#58; <a href="http&#58;//www.huduser.org/portal/datasets/usps_crosswalk.html"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">http&#58;//www.huduser.org/portal/datasets/usps_crosswalk.html</span></a>.<br><br>&#160;</li><li> <strong> <a name="quest21">How and why is the HPI revised each quarter?</a></strong><br><br>Historical estimates of the HPI revise for three primary reasons&#58;</li><ol><li>The HPI is based on repeat transactions. That is, the estimates of appreciation are based on repeated valuations of the same property over time. Therefore, each time a property &quot;repeats&quot; in the form of a sale or refinance, average appreciation since the prior sale/refinance period is influenced.<br><br></li><li>Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) purchase seasoned loans, providing new information about prior quarters.<br><br></li><li>Due to a 30- to 45-day lag time from loan origination to Enterprise funding, FHFA receives data on new fundings for one additional month following the last month of the quarter. These fundings contain many loans originating in that most recent quarter, and especially the last month of the quarter. This will reduce with subsequent revisions, however data on loans purchased with a longer lag, including seasoned loans, will continue to generate revisions, especially for the most recent quarters.<br><br>In connection with the release of the 2012Q2 HPI results, a special revision was made to two historical HPI values. In prior releases, the all-transactions index values for Vermont-1976Q1 and West Virginia-1982Q1 were both reported to be 100.01. Those values were not correct; index values for those respective periods should have been set to missing because no modeling data were available in the underlying sample. The HPI releases for 2012Q2 and later periods reflect the change.<br><br>&#160;</li></ol><li> <strong> <a name="quest22">What transaction dates are used in estimating the index?</a></strong><br><br>For model estimation, the loan origination date is used as the relevant transaction date.<br><br>&#160;</li><li> <strong> <a name="quest23">Are foreclosure sales included in the HPI?</a></strong><br><br>Transactions that merely represent title transfers to lenders will not appear in the data. Once lenders take possession of foreclosed properties, however, the subsequent sale to the public can appear in the data. As with any other property sale, the sales information will be in FHFA's data if the buyer purchases the property with a loan that is bought or guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.<br><br>&#160;</li><li> <strong> <a name="quest24">How are the monthly House Price Indexes calculated?</a></strong><br><br>The monthly indexes are calculated in the same way the quarterly indexes are constructed, except transactions from the same quarter are no longer aggregated. To construct the quarterly index, all transactions from the same quarter are aggregated and index values are estimated using the assigned quarters. In the monthly indexing model, all transactions for the same month are aggregated and separate index values are estimated for each month.<br><br>&#160;</li><li> <strong> <a name="quest25">How are the Census Division and U.S. House Price Indexes formed?</a></strong><br><br>As discussed in the Highlights article accompanying the 2011Q1 HPI Release (available for download at <a href="http&#58;//go.usa.gov/8k5d"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">http&#58;//go.usa.gov/8k5d</span></a>), the census division indexes are constructed from statistics for the component states. For the quarterly all-transactions and purchase-only indexes, the census division indexes are constructed from quarterly growth rate estimates for the underlying state indexes. Census division index estimates are &quot;built-up&quot; from quarterly growth rate estimates (monthly growth rates for the monthly index) for the component states.<br><br>The census division indexes are set equal to 100 in the relevant base periods. Then, the index values for subsequent periods are increased (or decreased) by the weighted average quarterly (or monthly) price change for the underlying states. Index values for periods before the base period are calculated in a similar fashion; beginning with the base period value, the preceding index values are sequentially determined so that the growth rate in each period always reflects the weighted average growth rate for the component states.<br><br>The national HPI is constructed in an analogous fashion, except that the weighted components are census divisions. Because the census divisions measures are themselves weighted averages of state metrics, the U.S. index is equivalent to a state-weighted metric.<br><br>&#160;</li><li> <strong> <a name="quest26">What weights are used in forming the Census Division and U.S. Indexes?</a></strong><br><br>The weights used in constructing the indexes are estimates for the shares of one-unit detached properties in each state. For years in which decennial census data are available, the share from the relevant census is used. For intervening years, a state's share is the weighted average of the relevant shares in the prior and subsequent censuses, where the weights are changed by ten percentage points each year. For example, California's share of the housing stock for 1982 is calculated as 0.8 times its share in the 1980 census plus 0.2 times its share in the 1990 census. For 1983, the Pacific Division's share is 0.7 times its 1980 share plus 0.3 times its 1990 share.<br><br>For years since 2000, state shares are calculated as follows&#58;</li><ul><li>For the 2001-2005 interval, shares are straight-line interpolated based on the state shares in the 2000 decennial Census and the 2005 values from the American Community Survey (ACS).</li><li>For 2006-2014, the estimates are from the annual ACS.</li><li>Until 2015 ACS estimates become available, shares from the 2012 ACS are used for subsequent periods.<br><br>The year-specific estimates of the state shares of U.S. detached housing stock can be accessed at <a href="http&#58;//go.usa.gov/8k5F"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">http&#58;//go.usa.gov/8k5F</span></a>.<br><br><strong></strong></li></ul><li> <strong> <a name="quest27">For those house price indexes that are seasonally adjusted, what approach is used in performing the seasonal adjustment?</a></strong><br><br>The Census Bureau's X-12 ARIMA procedure is used, as implemented in the SAS software package. The automated ARIMA model-selection algorithm in X-12 is employed, which searches through a series of seasonality structures and selects the first that satisfies the Ljung-Box test for serial correlation.<br>&#160;<br><br>To obtain more information on the HPI contact us via the Data and Research Contact page at <a href="http&#58;//go.usa.gov/8kN3"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">http&#58;//go.usa.gov/8kN3</span></a>.<br><br>&#160;</li><li> <strong> <a name="quest28">How is the Expanded-Data HPI calculated?</a></strong><br><br>The approach to estimating the expanded-data HPI is detailed in the Highlights article published with the 2011Q2 HPI at <a href="http&#58;//go.usa.gov/8kNm"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">http&#58;//go.usa.gov/8kNm</span></a>. In general, the methodology is the same as is used in the construction of the standard purchase-only HPI, except a supplemented dataset is used for estimation. The augmented data include sales price information from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgages as well as two new information sources&#58; (1) transactions records for houses with mortgages endorsed by FHA and (2) county recorder data licensed from CoreLogic. The licensed county recorder data do not include records in many U.S. counties—particularly rural ones. To ensure that the addition of the CoreLogic data to the estimation sample does not unduly bias index estimates toward price trends in urban areas, the expanded-data index for certain states is estimated by weighting price trends in areas with CoreLogic coverage and other areas. Details on this sub-area weighting can be found in the text of the Highlights piece referenced above.<br><br>&#160;</li><li> <strong> <a name="quest29">What is the &quot;distress-free&quot; index?</a></strong><br><br>FHFA released a &quot;distress-free&quot; HPI in 2012Q2 along with the Highlights article at <a href="http&#58;//go.usa.gov/8kNJ"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">http&#58;//go.usa.gov/8kNJ</span></a>. The index is a version of the purchase-only index that removes short sales and sales of bank-owned properties from the transactions data used to compute that traditional index. The index is still in a developmental stage. An analysis of how distressed sales affect the FHFA HPI is provided in an FHFA Working Paper released August 2013 at <a href="http&#58;//go.usa.gov/8kRB"><span style="text-decoration&#58;underline;">http&#58;//go.usa.gov/8kRB</span></a>.&#160;<span style="line-height&#58;16px;font-family&#58;inherit;font-size&#58;inherit;font-weight&#58;inherit;"></span></li></ol><p> <span style="line-height&#58;22px;"> <a href="/Media/PublicAffairs/Documents/FAQs_HPI2016Q3.pdf">HPI FAQs as of 11/23/2016&#160;(PDF)</a></span></p><p></p>11/23/2016 2:00:20 PM36168http://www.fhfa.gov/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspxhtmlFalseaspx
U.S. House Prices Rise 1.5 Percent in Third Quarter21841<p>​<strong>Washington, D.C.</strong> – U.S. house prices rose 1.5 percent in the third quarter of 2016 according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) House Price Index (HPI).&#160; &#160;House prices rose 6.1 percent from the third quarter of 2015 to the third quarter of 2016.&#160; FHFA's seasonally adjusted monthly index for September was up 0.6 percent from August.&#160; The HPI is calculated using home sales price information from mortgages sold to, or guaranteed by, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. FHFA has produced a <a href="https&#58;//www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2bYqHVDapI">video of highlights</a> for this quarter.&#160; </p><p>&quot;Our data indicate that the deceleration in home price growth that we observed in late spring proved to be short-lived,&quot; said FHFA Supervisory Economist Andrew Leventis.&#160; &quot;While price growth in select markets has cooled somewhat, for the U.S. as a whole, the third quarter showed no evidence of a widespread slowdown.&quot;</p><p>While the HPI rose 6.1 percent from the third quarter of 2015 to the third quarter of 2016, prices of other goods and services were nearly unchanged.&#160; The inflation-adjusted price of homes rose approximately 6.0 percent over the last year.</p><p> <strong>Significant Findings</strong></p><ul><li>Home prices rose in 49 states between the third quarter of 2015 and the third quarter of 2016.&#160; Delaware and the District of Columbia were the only areas not to see price increases.&#160; The top five states in annual appreciation were&#58; &#160;1) <strong>Florida </strong>10.7 percent; 2) <strong>Oregon </strong>10.4 percent; 3) Washington 10.4 percent; 4) <strong>Colorado </strong>10.0 percent; and 5) <strong>Utah </strong>9.5 percent.</li></ul><ul><li>Among the 100 most populated metropolitan areas in the U.S., annual price increases were greatest in the <strong>Tacoma-Lakewood, WA </strong>(MSAD), where prices increased by 12.9 percent.&#160; Prices were weakest in<strong> New Haven-Milford, CT,</strong> where they fell&#160;1.7 percent.</li></ul><ul><li>Of the nine census divisions, the South Atlantic division experienced the strongest increase in the third quarter, posting a <strong>1.8 percent</strong> quarterly increase and a <strong>7.1 percent </strong>increase since the third quarter of last year. &#160;House price appreciation was weakest in the New England division, where prices rose <strong>0.8 percent</strong> from the last quarter.&#160;<br></li></ul><p>Tables and graphs showing home price statistics for metropolitan areas, states, census divisions, and the U.S. as a whole are included on the following pages.<br></p><p> <strong>Other Price Indexes&#160;</strong></p><p>Most statistics in the quarterly house price index report reference price changes computed by FHFA's basic &quot;purchase-only&quot; HPI.&#160; In some cases, however, the reported statistics reference alternative price measures.&#160; FHFA publishes – and makes <a href="/hpi">available for download</a> – three additional house price indexes beyond the basic &quot;purchase-only&quot; series.&#160; Although they use the same general methodology, the three alternatives rely on slightly different datasets as follows&#58; </p><ul><li> <strong>&quot;Distress-Free&quot; </strong>house price index.&#160; Sales of bank-owned properties and short sales are removed from the purchase-only dataset prior to estimation of the index.</li><li> <strong>&quot;Expanded-Data&quot;</strong> house price index.&#160; Sales price information sourced from county recorder offices and from FHA-backed mortgages are added to the purchase-only data sample. &#160;This index is used annually to adjust the maximum conforming loan limits, which dictate the dollar amount of loans that can be acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.</li><li> <strong>&quot;All-Transactions&quot;</strong> house price index.&#160; Appraisal values from refinance mortgages are added to the purchase-only data sample.</li></ul><p>Data constraints preclude the production of all types of indexes for every geographic area, but multiple index types are generally available.&#160; For individual states, for instance, three types of indexes are available.&#160; The various indexes tend to correlate closely over the long-term, but short-term differences can be significant.&#160; </p><p> <strong>Release of New Experimental County Indexes</strong></p><p>Beginning with this release, FHFA is publishing a set of experimental annual house price indexes for counties across the country from 1975-2015.&#160; The indexes are constructed using the typical &quot;repeat-transactions&quot; methodology FHFA already uses.&#160; Unlike FHFA's other price indexes, however, the county indexes are annual price measures, meaning that a single index value is produced for each year.&#160; The county indexes complement a set of previously released five-digit ZIP code measures, and may be valuable to analysts seeking data on localized home price movements.&#160; More information about these measures is provided in a &quot;Technical Note&quot; in this report on page 23. </p><p> <strong>Background</strong></p><p>FHFA's HPI tracks changes in average home prices by analyzing changes in home values for the individual properties.&#160; The underlying &quot;repeat-transactions&quot; methodology constructs index estimates by statistically evaluating price appreciation (or depreciation) for homes with multiple values over time.&#160; The purchase-only HPI uses sales price information from Fannie Mae- and Freddie Mac-purchased and Enterprise-guaranteed mortgages originated over the past 41 years.&#160; The purchase-only HPI is estimated with more than seven million repeat transactions. &#160;A <a href="https&#58;//youtu.be/w_1o6VLsC84" target="_blank">video </a>shows the basic methodology behind the FHFA HPI.</p><p> <strong>Note</strong> </p><ul><li>The next monthly HPI report (including data through October 2016) will be released December 22, 2016 and the next quarterly HPI report (including data for the fourth quarter of 2016) will be released February 23, 2017.</li><li>HPI release dates for 2016 and 2017 are available at <a href="/hpi">http&#58;//www.fhfa.gov/hpi</a>. </li><li>Follow <a href="https&#58;//twitter.com/FHFA">@FHFA</a> on Twitter, <a href="https&#58;//www.linkedin.com/company/354523">LinkedIn</a> and <a href="https&#58;//www.youtube.com/channel/UCoKP7Om6nsRkEav9yInFekw">YouTube</a> for more HPI news. </li></ul>11/23/2016 2:31:49 PM2871http://www.fhfa.gov/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspxhtmlFalseaspx
U.S. House Price Index Report - 3Q 2016 / September21843<p>U.S. house prices rose 1.5 percent in the third quarter of 2016 according to&#160;the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) House Price Index (HPI). House prices rose&#160;6.1 percent from the third quarter of 2015 to the third quarter of 2016. FHFA’s seasonally&#160;adjusted monthly index for September was up 0.6 percent from August. The HPI is calculated&#160;using home sales price information from mortgages sold to, or guaranteed by, Fannie Mae and&#160;Freddie Mac. FHFA has produced a video of highlights for this quarter.</p><p>While the HPI rose 6.1 percent from the third quarter of 2015 to the third quarter of 2016, prices of&#160;other goods and services were nearly unchanged. The inflation-adjusted price of homes rose&#160;approximately 6.0 percent over the last year.</p><div><br></div><div><strong>Significant Findings</strong></div><div><strong><br></strong></div><div><ul><li>Home prices rose in 49 states between the third quarter of 2015 and the third quarter of&#160;<span style="color&#58;#444444;font-family&#58;inherit;font-size&#58;inherit;font-weight&#58;inherit;">2016. Delaware and the District of Columbia were the only areas not to see price&#160;</span><span style="color&#58;#444444;font-family&#58;inherit;font-size&#58;inherit;font-weight&#58;inherit;">increases. The top five states in annual appreciation were&#58; 1) Florida 10.7 percent; 2)&#160;</span><span style="color&#58;#444444;font-family&#58;inherit;font-size&#58;inherit;font-weight&#58;inherit;">Oregon 10.4 percent; 3) Washington 10.4 percent; 4) Colorado 10.0 percent; and 5)&#160;</span><span style="color&#58;#444444;font-family&#58;inherit;font-size&#58;inherit;font-weight&#58;inherit;">Utah 9.5 percent.</span><br></li><li>Among the 100 most populated metropolitan areas in the U.S., annual price increases&#160;<span style="color&#58;#444444;font-family&#58;inherit;font-size&#58;inherit;font-weight&#58;inherit;">were greatest in the Tacoma-Lakewood, WA (MSAD), where prices increased by&#160;</span><span style="color&#58;#444444;font-family&#58;inherit;font-size&#58;inherit;font-weight&#58;inherit;">12.9 percent. Prices were weakest in New Haven-Milford, CT, where they fell&#160;</span><span style="color&#58;#444444;font-family&#58;inherit;font-size&#58;inherit;font-weight&#58;inherit;">1.7 percent.</span><br></li><li>Of the nine census divisions, the South Atlantic division experienced the strongest&#160;<span style="color&#58;#444444;font-family&#58;inherit;font-size&#58;inherit;font-weight&#58;inherit;">increase in the third quarter, posting a 1.8 percent quarterly increase and a&#160;</span><span style="color&#58;#444444;font-family&#58;inherit;font-size&#58;inherit;font-weight&#58;inherit;">7.1 percent increase since the third quarter of last year. House price appreciation was&#160;</span>weakest in the New England division, where prices rose 0.8 percent from the last&#160;<span style="color&#58;#444444;font-family&#58;inherit;font-size&#58;inherit;font-weight&#58;inherit;">quarter.</span></li></ul></div><p><a href="/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/U-S-House-Prices-Rise-1pt5-Percent-in-Third-Quarter-2016.aspx">​Related News Release</a></p><p>&#160;</p>11/23/2016 2:00:26 PM1160http://www.fhfa.gov/AboutUs/Reports/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspxhtmlFalseaspx
FHFA Announces 2017 Multifamily Lending Caps for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac21838<p>​<strong>Washington, D.C. </strong>– The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) today announced that the 2017 multifamily lending caps for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) will remain at the same level they were for 2016.&#160; This means that each Enterprise will be subject to a cap of $36.5 billion of multifamily purchase volume next year.&#160; The caps are based on projections of the overall size of the 2017 multifamily finance market, which FHFA expects to be roughly the same as it was in 2016.&#160; </p><p>While the 2017 Scorecard will provide more information about the role FHFA expects the Enterprises to play in the multifamily market, FHFA is announcing the caps now to maintain continuity in the market and to provide all stakeholders adequate time to plan their 2017 pipelines. &#160;As in prior years, FHFA will review its estimates of the multifamily loan origination market size on a quarterly basis in 2017 and adjust the caps if necessary.&#160; However, FHFA will not reduce the caps as this could cause disruption in the market. </p><p>The multifamily lending caps are intended to further FHFA's strategic goal of maintaining the presence of the Enterprises as a backstop for the multifamily finance market, while not impeding the participation of private capital.&#160; Certain exclusions from the 2017 caps exist for loans in the affordable and underserved market segments.&#160; These exclusions will remain the same in 2017 as they were in 2016 with one minor change to the exclusion for multifamily loans that finance energy or water efficiency improvements.&#160; In 2017, for loans funded under Fannie Mae's Green Building Certification program or Freddie Mac's Green Certified program a minimum of 20 percent of units in a multifamily project must be deemed affordable in order to take advantage of this exclusion.&#160; &#160;&#160;</p>11/22/2016 8:00:06 PM1663http://www.fhfa.gov/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspxhtmlFalseaspx
Refinance Report - Third Quarter 201621753<h3>​Third Quarter 2016 Highlights</h3><p>&#160;</p><p>Total refinance volume increased in September 2016 as mortgage rates in August hovered at lows last observed in 2013. Mortgage rates increased in September&#58; the average interest rate on a 30‐year fixed rate mortgage was 3.46 percent.<br></p><p>In the third quarter of 2016&#58;</p><ul><li><font face="Calibri">Borrowers completed 15,597 refinances through HARP, bringing total refinances from the inception of the program to 3,434,451.</font></li><li>HARP volume represented 2 percent of total refinance volume.</li><li>Six percent of the loans refinanced through HARP had a loan-to-value ratio greater than 125 percent. </li></ul><p>Year to date through September 2016&#58; </p><ul><li>Borrowers with loan-to-value ratios greater than 105 percent accounted for 21 percent of the volume fo HARP loans.</li><li>Twenty-six percent of HARP refinances for underwater borrowers were for shorter-term 15-and 20-year mortgages, which build equity faster than traditional 30-year mortgages. </li><li>Harp refinances represented 8 or more percent of total refinances in Florida and Georgia, more than double the 3 percent of total refinances nationwide over the same period. </li></ul><p>Borrowers who refinanced through HARP had a lower delinquency rate compared to borrowers eligible for HARP who did not refinance through the program. </p><p>Ten states accounted for over 60 percent of the nation's HARP eligible loans with a refinance incentive as of June 30, 2016. </p><p><a href="/Media/PublicAffairs/Pages/HARP-Refinances-Continue-Decline-in-Third-Quarter.aspx">Related News Release</a></p>11/17/2016 4:04:23 PM154http://www.fhfa.gov/AboutUs/Reports/Pages/Forms/AllItems.aspxhtmlFalseaspx

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