Home prices were up 6.9 percent in January over the last 12 months in San Diego County, said the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index released Tuesday.
National prices were up less in the same time period at 5.4 percent. The biggest gainers were Portland, Seattle and San Francisco.
From December to January, the median home price in San Diego County, adjusted for seasonal variation, increased 1.1 percent, beating the national average by 0.6 percent.
David Blitzer, managing chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices, said in the report that home prices nationally continue to climb at more than twice the rate of inflation. But, housing supply is still a major issue.
“While low inventories and short supply are boosting prices, financing continues to be a concern for some potential purchasers, particularly young adults and first-time homebuyers,” he wrote.
Lack of housing supply is typically cited by analysts and real estate agents as a reason for increased housing prices and rent. The latest data from the U.S. Census, from July 2014 to July 2015, showed more people left the county than moved in — and housing is considered a major factor.
San Diego had the lowest drop in home inventory, 30.2 percent, in the nation from January 2015 to January 2016, real estate tracker Zillow said.
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