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January was a most contradictory month for home prices in the Atlanta area, according to the Latest Case Shiller
Though home prices were flat in Atlanta from December to January, they were also up 16.8 percent from Jan. 2013, a very healthy increase that was the third best in the nation (only Las Vegas and San Francisco posted better annual returns).
The Case-Shiller Home Price Indices
Nationally, the Case-Shiller’s January returns were pretty familiar:
- The 10- and 20-City composites in January increased 13.5 and 13.2 percent, respectively.
- Twelve of the 20 cities measured saw their annual rates worsen.
- The 10-City Composite was flat from December to January, while the 20-City Composite posted its third straight month of declines, falling 0.1 percent.
- Twelve cities saw their prices fall monthly, and just seven saw increases.
David M. Blitzer – The Effects of Cold Weather
David M. Blitzer, the chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices, said that 2014′s harsh winter could have impacted the housing market.
“The housing recovery may have taken a breather due to the cold weather,” Blitzer said. “Twelve cities reported declining prices in January vs. December; eight of those were worse than the month before. From the bottom in 2012, prices are up 23 percent and the housing market is showing signs of moving forward with more normal price increases.
“Expectations,” he continued, “and recent data point to continued home price gains for 2014. Although most analysts do not expect the same rapid increases we saw last year, the consensus is for moderating gains. Existing-home sales declined slightly in February and are at their lowest level since July 2012.”