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CoreLogic: Chicagoland Home Prices Rise 12.3% in October

by Peter Thomas Ricci

Chicago made it two for two in major home price indices, as the market continues to show signs of recovery.

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Home prices in the Chicagoland area rose 12.3 percent year-over-year in October, according to the latest Home Price Index from CoreLogic; of the metro areas CoreLogic highlighted, Chicago’s gains were the fifth strongest.

Arguably the second most influential measure of housing prices in the nation, the Home Price Index was the second index in as many weeks to suggest good things for Chicagoland; the most influential measure, Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller, reported last week Chicago’s best numbers in nearly eight years.

Similarly, news was good for the state of Illinois. Though prices remain 23.3 percent below their Nov. 2006 peak, they were up 9.7 percent yearly in October, along with a 0.7 percent uptick over the last three months.

Home Price Index Tracking National Gains

How are things looking for the rest of the nation, though?

In the overall Home Price Index, national home prices rose 12.5 percent year-over-year in October, which marks the 20th consecutive month of yearly price gains; CoreLogic anticipates a 12.2 percent yearly gain for November in its next Home Price Index, and Mark Fleming, the firm’s chief economist, said home price gains will likely slow as the winter takes hold.

“In October, the year-over-year appreciation rate remained strong, but the month-over-month appreciation rate was barely positive, indicating that house price appreciation has slowed as expected for the winter,” Fleming said. “Based on our Pending HPI, the monthly growth rate is expected to moderate even further in November and December.”

For more perspective on how the Home Price Index has progressed the las year, see our chart below:

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