The numbers: Home-price appreciation maintained a fast pace in July as buyers flooded the market only to find few homes for sale, according to a major price barometer released Tuesday.
The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city price index posted a 3.9% year-over-year gain in July, up from 3.5% the previous month. On a monthly basis, the index increased 0.6% between June and July.
What happened: The separate national index released with the report noted a 4.8% increase in home prices across the U.S. over the past year.
Phoenix once again lead all other markets nationwide with a 9.2% annual price gain in July, followed by Seattle with a 7% increase and Charlotte, N.C., with 6% growth.
“Prices were particularly strong in the Southeast and West regions, and comparatively weak in the Midwest and Northeast,” Craig Lazzara, managing director and global head of index investment strategy at S&P Dow Jones Indices, wrote