HOW TO UN- CONFUSE A HOUSING STAT
The national average home price was down in March from where it stood last year. But home prices are not declining. Confused?
Average prices are affected by changes in the mix of sales, so year-over-year price comparisons can be like looking in a funhouse mirror: distorted.
To illustrate: line up a class of kids by height, calculate the average. Now excuse the ten tallest kids and recalculate the average. The average height has declined, but the kids haven't gotten any shorter.
A year ago, the national
average price was pitched up by surging sales activity in some of
By contrast, the MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) is not affected by changes in the mix of sales. It's based on a sophisticated model of buyers' willingness to pay for various features that contribute to a home's value, and provides a clear picture of home price trends