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April 25, 2023

S&P Dow Jones Indices today released data for the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Indices for February 2023.

Month over Month (February 2023 vs January 2023, seasonally adjusted)

S&P Dow Jones Indices reports that US national house prices, as measured by the S&P CoreLogic Case - Shiller Indices increased by 0.2% from the previous month. The 20-city composite and 10-city composite average both increased by 0.1%.

Month-over-month housing prices fell for 11 major urban centres. Seattle and Las Vegas reported the largest declines. Los Angeles and Atlanta reported the largest gains. 

Year over year (February 2023 vs February 2022, seasonally adjusted)

In the year over year comparison, National US house prices increased 2.1% in February 2023. The 20-city composite and the 10-city composite average both rose by 0.4%. Housing prices were up for 12 major urban centres, with the largest gains in Miami and Tampa. The largest declined were reported in San Francisco and Seattle.

Year to date (January-February 2023 vs. January-February 2022, seasonally adjusted)

US national house prices rose by 2.9% comparing the first two months of 2023 to the same period last year. The 20-city composite and the 10-city composite average both rose by 1.5%.

Housing prices were up for 12 major urban centres. Miami and Tampa reported the largest gains. San Francisco and Seattle reported the largest declines.


The 20-City Composite Index includes Atlanta, 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 DC.

The 10-City Composite Index includes Boston, Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington DC.

Trends and Comparisons

After bottoming out in 2012, US house prices grew at a steady pace up to 2020 before accelerating from summer 2020 to summer 2022. In recent months, US house prices are declining at a slower pace. Canadian urban house price growth (measured by the Teranet-National Bank House Price Index) grew more rapidly starting in 2016 and accelerated again in 2020. However, in recent months, house price inflation in Canada has cooled more rapidly than in the US. Canada's 11-city composite house prices declined 7.0% year-over-year in March 2023.

After a long period of slow growth, house prices in Halifax started to accelerate from 2019 until May 2022. Halifax year-over-year resale house prices declined 5.3% in March 2023. 

Source: S&P Dow Jones Indices,  retrieved from FRED, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

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