Home prices slam on the brakes after 5-year run

By Jann Swanson | Mortgage News Daily

What a difference a month makes. After posting monthly price increase in all but one month since early 2012, the Federal Housing Finance Agency reported on Wednesday that its House Price Index (HPI) has slammed on the brakes. The index, which had risen 0.4 percent from November to December remained unchanged in January.

On a year-over-year basis the HPI was up by 5.7 percent. This followed a 6.1 percent annual increase in December. January marked the first time the year-to-year gain had slipped under 6 percent since July and the smallest such gain since June. The absolute number of the national index was 242.6 compared to 229.6 in January 2016. The index base was January 1991=100.

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