Home prices across the nation continued their upswing in June, according to a new report from CoreLogic. Including sales of foreclosures and short sales (selling for less than the value of the mortgage), prices rose 2.5 percent from a year ago. That is not quite as high as the annual increases seen in April and May. With the first half of the year now on the books, analysts are asking if prices can sustain.
"At the halfway point, 2012 is increasingly looking like the year that the residential housing market may have turned the corner," said Anand Nallathambi, president and CEO of CoreLogic. "While first-half gains have given way to second-half declines over the past three years, we see encouraging signs that modest price gains are supportable across the country in the second-half of 2012."
Home price gains will continue to be as much a factor of supply as they are of overall consumer confidence. While confidence in the overall economy has slipped slightly, optimism in the housing market remained strong in July, according to a just-released Fannie Mae survey:
"Survey respondents expect home prices to increase 1.7 percent in the next 12 months, down slightly from the survey high of 2.0 percent recorded in June. Eleven percent of respondents – the lowest level recorded since the survey began in June 2010 – believe home prices will drop in the next year. Also, in the highest level seen since the survey's inception, 16 percent of consumers say it is a good time to sell."
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