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FHFA House Price Index Up 0.4 Percent in February

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
4/21/2016

​Washington, DC – U.S. house prices rose in February, up 0.4 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis from the previous month, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) monthly House Price Index (HPI).  The previously reported 0.5 percent increase in January was revised downward to reflect a 0.4 percent increase.  

The FHFA monthly HPI is calculated using home sales price information from mortgages sold to, or guaranteed by, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  From February 2015 to February 2016, house prices were up 5.6 percent.  The index levels since October 2015 have exceeded the prior peak level from March 2007.

For the nine census divisions, seasonally adjusted monthly price changes from January 2016 to February 2016 ranged from -0.7 percent in the South Atlantic division to +1.7 percent in the Middle Atlantic division.  The 12-month changes were all positive, ranging from +2.5 percent in the New England division to +8.4 percent in the Pacific division.

Monthly index values and appreciation rate estimates for recent periods are provided in the table and graphs on the following pages.  Complete historical data are available on the Downloadable HPI Data page.

For detailed information on the monthly HPI, see HPI Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).  The next HPI report will be released May 25, 2016 and will include monthly data through March and the first quarter of 2016.  ​

FHFA has published HPI release dates for 2016, which can be found on the HPI Release dates page.

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The Federal Housing Finance Agency regulates Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the 11 Federal Home Loan Banks.  These government-sponsored enterprises provide more than $5.7 trillion in funding for the U.S. mortgage markets and financial institutions. Additional information is available at www.FHFA.gov, on Twitter @FHFA, YouTube and LinkedIn​.

Contacts:

Media: Corinne Russell (202) 649-3032 / Stefanie Johnson (202) 649-3030
Consumers: Consumer Communications or (202) 649-3811

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