Home prices rose 1.0 percent in April.  Black Knight Financial Services said its Home Price Index for the month was at $248,000 compared to $245,000 in March.  The HPI posted a +4.9 percent change from April 2014 when it stood at $236,000.



Nationally the HPI is now within 7.6 percent of the peak value it reached in July 2006 of 268,000.  Several states have already established new high-water marks for prices including Colorado and Texas which have done so nearly monthly for over a year.  In April both New York and Tennessee also set new price peaks.  Among the largest metropolitan areas Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio all hit new peaks along with Columbus, Ohio, Denver, Honolulu, Nashville, San Francisco and San Jose.   Both Boston and Portland, Oregon are now less than 0.75 percent away from doing so as well. 

Prices as measured by the HPI went up in every state from March to April, led by Washington with a 2.0 percent gain.  Michigan and Colorado followed, each at 1.7 percent, Oregon at 1.6 percent, and both Minnesota and the District of Columbia at 1.3 percent.  The smallest gains were in Arkansas (0.2 percent), Florida (0.4 percent), North Carolina and Virginia (each at 0.5 percent) and two states, Georgia and Missouri, at 0.6 percent.

Seattle led metro areas with 2.2 percent growth from March. Detroit, San Jose, and Ft Collins, Colorado all saw home prices rise by 2.0 percent.

Black Knight uses a repeat sales analysis of home prices based on its property and loan-level databases for transactions in more than 18,500 ZIP codes.  It represents the price of non-distressed sales by taking into account price discounts of lender-owned property (REO) and short sales.