US home prices rose more slowly in June as some of the country’s most expensive housing markets saw stagnant or even falling prices.
The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 2.1 percent in June from a year earlier, down from a 2.4 percent gain in May.
Prices fell 1.3 percent in Seattle and inched up 0.7 percent in San Francisco and 1.1 percent in New York. But prices rose 5.8 percent in Phoenix and 5.5 percent in Las Vegas. Prices in the Boston area, however, climbed 3.9 percent year over year and 1.1 percent in June.
Philip Murphy of S&P Dow Jones Indices said that prices have ‘‘clearly cooled off from 2018’’ but continue to grow. ‘‘Therefore, it is likely that current rates of change will be generally sustained barring an economic downturn,’’ he said.
Rising wages and falling mortgage rates have kept demand for housing strong, but buyers aren’t willing to pay escalated prices and ‘‘are making sellers wait and even drop list prices,’’ said Matthew Speakman, economist at the real estate firm Zillow.
The 20-city index has risen 62.3 percent since hitting bottom March 2012 in the aftermath of the financial crisis and Great Recession. It is up 5.4 percent from its pre-crisis peak in July 2006.
Source: Boston Globe