National home prices have climbed 4.2 percent in the last 12 months, according to a closely watched housing report out Tuesday morning.
Still, housing is a long way from the heady days of two years ago, when double-digit annual price gains were the norm. Many economists say that’s a healthy thing; buyers are better able to keep up. Still, there are concerns that prices are again climbing faster than incomes in many parts of the country.
“Home prices are continuing the familiar narrative, showing modest annual gains and slow, healthy, monthly increases,” said Bill Banfield, vice president at Quicken Loans. “Employment remains one of the most watched issues impacting the housing market as there are concerns of price increases outpacing wage growth.”
Of the 20 cities the Case-Shiller Index tracks, the hottest right now are Denver and San Francisco, up 10 percent and 9.8 percent year-over-year, respectively. Washington, D.C., is the slowest market, with prices there up just 1.4 percent since last year.