The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has released its House Price Index (HPI) for August which shows a 0.7 percent increase in prices compared to July. For the 12 months ending in August, U.S. prices rose 4.7 percent. July figures were revised downward in the report from a 0.2 percent increase to 0.1.
Home prices nationally are now at approximately the same level as in June 2004 and are 15.9 percent below the peak in prices reached in April 2007. FHFA’s bases its index on the purchase price of houses with mortgages owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac.