U.S. Monthly House Price Index Shows 0.6 Percent Increase 

From September To October 2009 


Washington, DC – U.S. house prices rose 0.6 percent on a seasonally adjusted basis 

from September to October, according to the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s monthly 

House Price Index. The previously reported 0.0 (zero) percent change in September was 

revised to a 0.4 percent decline. For the 12 months ending in October, U.S. prices fell 1.9 

percent. The U.S. index is 10.8 percent below its April 2007 peak. 


The FHFA monthly index is calculated using purchase prices of houses backing mortgages 

that have been sold to or guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. For the nine Census 

Divisions, seasonally adjusted monthly price changes from September to October ranged 

from – 1.1 percent in the South Atlantic Division to + 3.7 percent in the Pacific Division.