While there may be no definitive answers to that question, since there are so many different agencies calculating and publishing statistics on the subject, this Economy at a Glance will provide guidance through cataloguing many of the latest findings.
(Note of caution: one has to stay sharp to spot when the data changes between ‘new’ and ‘existing’ and with respect to ‘single-family’ versus ‘all’, which includes multi-family units.)
In the U.S. existing homes market, the SP Case-Shiller 10- and 20-city composite indices are recording year-over-year rises of 5.1% and 5.7% respectively. These indices are based on repeat sales of single-family homes.
The major U.S. cities with the fastest rates of year-over-year increases according to this standard, December 2015 compared with December 2014, are: Portland (+11.4%); San Francisco (+10.3%); and Denver (+10.2%).
None of the 20 cities in the