Home prices nationwide including distressed sales increased on a year-over-year basis by 2.0 percent in May 2012 compared to May 2011 according to CoreLogic's May Home Price Index (HPI) report. CoreLogic is a provider of information analytics and business services.

On a month-over-month basis home prices including distressed sales also increased by 1.8 percent in May 2012 compared to April 2012*. The May 2012 figures mark the third consecutive increase in home prices nationwide on both a year-over-year and month-over-month basis.

Excluding distressed sales home prices nationwide increased on a year-over-year basis by 2.7 percent in May 2012 compared to May 2011. On a month-over-month basis excluding distressed sales the CoreLogic HPI indicates home prices increased 2.3 percent in May 2012 compared to April 2012 the fourth month-over-month increase in a row. Distressed sales include short sales and real estate owned (REO) transactions.

The CoreLogic Pending HPI indicates that house prices including distressed sales will rise by at least another 1.4 percent from May 2012 to June 2012. Excluding distressed sales house prices are also poised to rise by 2.0 percent during that same time period. The CoreLogic Pending HPI is a new metric that was introduced within the April 2012 HPI report. It provides the most current indication of trends in home prices and is based on Multiple Listing Service (MLS) data that measure price changes in the most recent month.

Other highlights as of May 2012 include:
Including distressed sales the five states with the highest appreciation were: Arizona (+12.0 percent) Idaho (+9.2 percent) South Dakota (+8.7 percent) Montana (+8.2 percent) and Michigan (+7.9 percent).
Excluding distressed sales the five states with the highest appreciation were: Montana (+9.1 percent) South Dakota (+8.5 percent) Arizona (+7.3 percent) Idaho (+6.6 percent) and Wyoming (+6.6 percent).
Including distressed transactions the peak-to-current change in the national HPI (from April 2006 to May 2012) was -30.1 percent. Excluding distressed transactions the peak-to-current change in the HPI for the same period was -22.2 percent.
Of the top 100 Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs) measured by population 29 are showing year-over-year declines in May 12 fewer than in April.
*April data was revised. Revisions with public records data are standard and to ensure accuracy CoreLogic incorporates the newly released public data to provide updated results.

Source: CoreLogic