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Q4/2021: The Amherst Home Price Appreciation (HPA) Index posted year-over-year growth of 17.2 percent in fourth quarter 2021, down from its all-time peak of 20.3 percent growth in 2021. Although lower than the summer Q2 growth of 20.3 percent, this marks the third-fastest growth of any quarter and the fastest Q4 growth since the index started tracking home price appreciation in 2000.

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Data Details

The Amherst Home Price Index (HPA) tracks home price changes in the 20 Metropolitan Statistical Areas¹ (MSAs) that are used to construct the S&P Case Shiller 20-city Index as well as over 200 Core-Based Statistical Areas (CBSA) in the United States. The index is published on a monthly basis and is based on the Case Shiller repeat-sales methodology. Unlike the indices published by S&P Case Shiller Weiss, Corelogic, and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), Amherst HPA is a distressed-free index, which does not include price changes due to foreclosures, short-sales, bank repossession, and REO resale. The use of Multiple Listing Services (MLS) data that are supplemented by Corelogic off-market data allow the HPA to have a timelier look at monthly shifts in the housing market than some other leading market indices².

The Amherst Rent Growth Index tracks rent price changes of Single-Family Detached (SFD) homes in the 20 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) that are used to construct the S&P Case Shiller Index as well as over 150 CBSAs in the United States. The Index is published every month and uses a repeat-rent methodology similar to the one employed for the Amherst HPI. The index incorporates both MLS and Altos Research rental data to produce a timely rent index.

Due to the early nature of our estimates, our index estimates for prior months can change in future publications.

¹Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, and Washington, D.C.
²At the time of writing this December 2022 housing market report, the S&P Case Shiller Index has been released up through November 2021.

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