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May 16, 2016

Economist: Philadelphia housing prices reach record levels

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The average price of a Philadelphia house has attained a new all-time record in value, according to a report.

Drexel University's Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation and Meyers Research published the housing report on Monday.

Philly's house price index finished the first quarter of 2016 at a record 473.5. The previous high was 466.9 set in the second quarter of 2007 just before the subprime mortgage crisis. The city's house values bottomed out in early 2012.

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Price Index for Single-Family Houses in Philadelphia: 1980-2016Q1 (1980Q1=100)

Kevin Gillen Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow at Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation and Chief Economist of Meyers Research LLC, writes that "implies that all of the losses in house price devaluation due to the bubble and subsequent recession have now been recovered."

In the latest quarter, South Philadelphia (7.4 percent), North Philadelphia (5.8 percent), Kensington/Frankford (5.8 percent) and Center City/Fairmount (5.2 percent) were areas that saw the largest increase in house prices.

Now that house prices have recovered, Gillen expects the market to restore itself to a "more balanced operational momentum."