National home prices rose 8.3% in December compared with a year earlier — the largest increase in more than six years, according to a report released Tuesday.
The 8.3% jump compared to December 2011 was the largest increase since May 2006, according to data from Irvine-based CoreLogic. It was also the 10th straight month of year-over-year increases.
“We are heading into 2013 with home prices on the rebound," CoreLogic Chief Executive Anand Nallathambi said in a statement. "All signals point to a continued improvement in the fundamentals underpinning the U.S. housing market recovery."
Prices rose 0.4% in December compared with the previous month, the real estate data firm said.
Only four states saw declines in home prices year over year: Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Illinois and Delaware. Home prices have risen lately amid tightening supply and a decline in foreclosures.
California saw home prices rise 12.6% compared with December 2011, the fourth largest statewide increase. Prices jumped 20.2% in Arizona, 15.3% in Nevada and 14.6% in Idaho.
In the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale market, home prices increased 9.8% in December compared with a year earlier.
The price data include sales of foreclosures and other distressed properties. When those sales are excluded, prices rose 7.5% nationwide in December on a year-over-year basis.