Denver marks 33 straight months of rising home prices

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A sign stands outside a home for sale as an American flag blows in the background in south Denver.

For almost three years now, home prices in Denver have been on a continuous climb, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index. In September, those prices prices reached a new high.

For 33 straight months, prices in the city have increased year-over-year, though the rate of growth has slowed recently.

Home prices were up 6.2 percent in September compared to last September. That’s the smallest gain since August of 2012.

To create its average price, the S&P uses a three month moving average that combines July, August, and September prices.

The slower price growth should be good news for potential buyers after two intense summers of big price jumps, according to Justin Knoll, president of Madison and Company Properties.

“They just got really tired, it was almost exhausting for a lot of buyers; multiple offers, having to go over list price on your offer if you want to be considered,” says Knoll. “A small, gradual reduction in pricing is a very healthy thing.”

However, Denver's prices are continuing to outpace other cities tracked by S&P. Prices in the top 20 US cities only increased 4.9 percent year-over-year.