Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Home prices in 20 major U.S. cities saw an increase in July that was much greater than expected, a new survey said Tuesday.
Figures from the S&P CoreLogic Case-Schiller report showed prices for existing homes continuing to rise.
The figures for July noted that U.S. property values are outpacing wage growth. The 20-city index rose a seasonally-adjusted 5.8 percent in the three-month period ending in July, compared to a year ago -- and it increased 5.6 percent from June.
Seattle had the highest year-to-year hike (13.5 percent) and Portland, Ore., was second (7.6 percent).
Las Vegas had the third-highest gain (7.4 percent), its seventh straight month of increases. Despite the rise, the value of Las Vegas real estate is still about 30 percent lower than at its peak a decade ago.
Analysts say home prices may continue to increase in the next several months due to market effects brought on by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma -- which reduced housing supplies in Texas and Florida.