Washington, D.C. – U.S. house prices rose in February, up 0.8 percent from the previous month, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) seasonally adjusted monthly House Price Index (HPI). The previously reported lack of change in January was revised upward to a 0.2 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 2016 to February 2017, house prices were up 6.4 percent.
For the nine census divisions, seasonally adjusted monthly price changes from January 2017 to February 2017 ranged from -0.1 percentin the South Atlantic division to +1.8 percent in the East South Central division. The 12-month changes were all positive, ranging from +4.6 percent in the Middle Atlantic division to +9.5 percent in the Mountain division.
Monthly index values and appreciation rate estimates for recent periods are provided in the table and graphs on the following pages. Complete historical downloadable data and HPI release dates for 2017 are available on the HPI page.
For detailed information on the HPI, see HPI Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). The next HPI report will be released May 24, 2017 and will include quarterly data for the first quarter of 2017 and monthly data through March 2017.