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Increase in US home prices slows in April
[NEW YORK] Annualized US single-family home prices rose as expected in April, but were down slightly from the prior month, a survey showed on Tuesday.
The S&P/Case Shiller composite index of 20 metropolitan areas rose 5.4 per cent in March on a year-over-year basis, a slight dip from the 5.5 per cent climb in the prior month but matched the estimate from a Reuters poll of economists.
"The home price increases reflect the low unemployment rate, low mortgage interest rates, and consumers' generally positive outlook," said David M Blitzer, managing director and chairman of the index committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices.
"However, the outlook is not without a lot of uncertainty and some risk. Last week's vote by Great Britain to leave the European Union is the most recent political concern while the US elections in the fall raise uncertainty and will distract home buyers and investors in the coming months."
Prices rose 0.5 per cent in April from March on a seasonally adjusted basis, the survey showed, short of expectations for a rise of 0.6 per cent.
On a non-seasonally adjusted basis, prices increased 1.1 per cent from March.
Home prices in three US cities - Denver, Seattle and Portland, Oregon - showed the highest year-over-year gains, the survey showed.