Seattle home prices rose 2.6 percent from April to May, in line with a national trend that lifted home prices in all 20 metropolitan areas tracked by the closely watched Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller home price index.
It was the second monthly increase for Seattle-area home prices after seven straight months of decline, putting local prices just 0.6 percent higher than they were a year ago.
The local increase exceeded the average rise of 2.2 percent across the 20 metro areas. In the previous period, from March to April, Seattle prices increased 2.0 percent, according to Case-Shiller.
Chicago, Atlanta and San Francisco posted the biggest monthly increases, at 4.5 to 3.9 percent. Minneapolis was next, followed by Seattle and Portland.
Detroit, San Diego and Charlotte posted the smallest gains.