The red-hot U.S. housing market cools as prices plateau, revealing regional disparities.

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Moody’s Analytics latest data unveils a significant shift in the U.S. housing market, with the once-scorching pace of home price growth finally showing signs of tempering. The report highlights a nuanced landscape, with some regions experiencing continued ascent while others face declines, reflecting the complex interplay of affordability and demand.

Key points:

  • Moody’s Analytics House Price Index indicates a slowdown in the growth of national house prices, with a marginal 0.12 percent increase in March, the slowest monthly gain in over a year.
  • Despite the slowdown, year-over-year comparisons still show a 5.9 percent increase in house prices.
  • Regional disparities are evident, with over 20 states and nearly half of the tracked metropolitan areas reporting price drops compared to the previous year.
  • Northeastern and Midwestern states show stronger housing market performances due to relatively more affordable prices.
  • Among the top 10 metropolitan areas, New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago experienced the fastest price growth, while cities in the South and West, like Dallas, Washington, D.C., Phoenix, and Miami, struggled.
  • States experiencing price declines in March include Minnesota, Tennessee, Arkansas, Iowa, Massachusetts, and others, indicating a broad-based slowdown in certain regions.
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