Housing Economy

House Price Growth Continues to Cool in March

A ‘higher-for-longer’ mortgage rate environment should help to further slow house price appreciation, says First American Chief Economist Mark Fleming

SANTA ANA, Calif., – First American Data & Analytics, a leading national provider of property-centric information, risk management and valuation solutions and a division of First American Financial Corporation (NYSE: FAF), released its March 2024 Home Price Index (HPI) report. The report tracks home price changes less than four weeks behind real time at the national, state and metropolitan (Core-Based Statistical Area) levels and includes metropolitan price tiers that segment sale transactions into starter, mid and luxury tiers. The full report can be found here.

March[1] National House Price Index

First American Data & Analytics’ National Non-Seasonally Adjusted (NSA) HPI
Metric Change in HPI
February-March 2024 (month over month) +0.9 percent
March 2023-March 2024 (year over year) +6.2 percent


  • House prices nationally are now 52 percent higher compared to pre-pandemic levels (February 2020).
  • House price growth reported in last month’s HPI for January 2024 to February 2024 was revised up 0.3 percentage points, from 0.7 percent to 1.0 percent.

Chief Economist Analysis:

“Persistent inflation has diminished any optimism that the Federal Reserve may start to cut rates in June, meaning mortgage rates seem more and more likely to remain ‘higher for longer’ this year,” said Mark Fleming, chief economist at First American. “Many sellers will remain on strike keeping a lid on supply. However, as we saw last fall when mortgage rates peaked, demand may also wane. Even though the supply of homes for sale will remain tight, sagging demand should further slow price appreciation in a ‘higher-for-longer’ mortgage rate environment.”

March 2024 Local Market Price Tier Highlights

The First American Data & Analytics HPI segments home price changes at the metropolitan level into three price tiers based on local market sales data: starter tier, which represents home sales prices at the bottom third of the market price distribution; mid-tier, which represents home sales prices in the middle third of the market price distribution; and the luxury tier, which represents home sales prices in the top third of the market price distribution.

“Starter home price appreciation will continue to face upward pressure in a ‘higher-for-longer’ market. Starter homes are the least supplied because it is the market segment most supplied by existing homeowners, who are the most vulnerable to the rate lock-in effect and thus unable or unwilling to list their home for sale to fuel a move-up purchase,” said Fleming. “Starter-tier prices are increasing year over year by more than 10 percent in Nassau County, N.Y., Pittsburgh, Miami and New York.”

March 2024 First American Data & Analytics Price Tier HPI Highlights

Core-Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs) Ranked by Greatest Year-Over-Year Increases in Starter Home HPI
CBSA Change in Starter Home HPI Change in Mid-Tier HPI Change in Luxury HPI
Nassau County, N.Y. +17.5 percent +12.0 percent -1.2 percent
Pittsburgh +15.7 percent +7.4 percent +3.5 percent
Miami +12.1 percent +9.1 percent +9.7 percent
New York +10.2 percent +9.6 percent +2.9 percent
Charlotte, N.C. +9.7 percent +5.2 percent +7.9 percent

Additional March 2024 First American Data & Analytics HPI Highlights

Core-Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs) with Greatest Year-Over-Year Increases in HPI
CBSA Change in HPI
Anaheim, Calif. +10.5 percent
Miami +10.4 percent
San Diego +9.5 percent
Pittsburgh +9.0 percent
Cambridge, Mass. +8.2 percent
There were no CBSAs with a Year-Over-Year Decrease in HPI

HPI data for all 50 states and the largest 30 CBSAs by population is available here.

Visit the First American Economic Center for more research on housing market dynamics.

Next Release

The next release of the First American Data & Analytics House Price Index will take place the week of May 20, 2024.

First American Data & Analytics HPI Methodology
The First American Data & Analytics HPI report measures single-family home prices, including distressed sales, with indices updated monthly beginning in 1980 through the month of the current report. HPI data is provided at the national, state and CBSA levels and includes preliminary index estimates for the month prior to the report (i.e. the preliminary result of July transactions is reported in August). The most recent index results are subject to revision as data from more transactions become available.

The HPI uses a repeat-sales methodology, which measures prices changes for the same property over time using more than 46 million paired transactions to generate the indices. In non-disclosure states, the HPI utilizes a combination of public sales records, MLS sold and active listings, and appraisal data to estimate house prices. This comprehensive approach is particularly effective in areas where there is limited availability of accurate sale prices, such as non-disclosure states. Property type, price and location data are used to create more refined market segment indices. Real Estate-Owned transactions are not included.


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is a premier provider of title, settlement and risk solutions for real estate transactions. With its combination of financial strength and stability built over more than 130 years, innovative proprietary technologies, and unmatched data assets, the company is leading the digital transformation of its industry. First American also provides data products to the title industry and other third parties; valuation products and services; mortgage subservicing; home warranty products; banking, trust and wealth management services; and other related products and services. With total revenue of $6.0 billion in 2023, the company offers its products and services directly and through its agents throughout the United States and abroad. In 2024, First American was named one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For by Great Place to Work® and Fortune Magazine for the ninth consecutive year. The company was named one of the 100 Best Workplaces for Innovators by Fast Company in 2023. More information about the company can be found at www.firstam.com.