Home prices up for 3rd straight month
The hits keep coming for the U.S. housing market.
While the rest of the economy struggles with sluggish consumer spending and a stalled job market, data recently has been showing housing on the upswing. Prices for single-family homes rose for the third consecutive month, a widely-watched survey showed Tuesday.
The S&P/Case Shiller composite index of 20 metropolitan areas gained 0.7 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis, topping economists’ expectations of 0.4 percent. On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, prices fared even better, rising 1.3 percent.
Just three out of the 20 cities in the index saw declines in April on a seasonally adjusted basis.
“It has been a long time since we enjoyed such broadbased gains,” David Blitzer, chairman of the index committee at Standard & Poor’s, said in a statement.
“While one month does not make a trend, particularly during seasonally strong buying months, the combination of rising positive monthly index levels and improving annual returns is a good sign.”
Compared to a year ago, prices were down 1.9 percent, beating expectations for a decline of 2.5 percent, and an improvement from the 2.6 percent annual decline seen in March.