Case Shiller: Weakening Home Prices in Q1

I’ve been putting together a longer post called “Residential Real Estate: The Second Leg Down.”

Today’s Case-Shiller Home Price Index confirms that a softening of residential sales and prices is already under way. It is likely to accelerate over the next few quarters.

Here is Case-Shiller:

Data through March 2010, released today by Standard & Poor’s for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, show that the U.S. National Home Price Index fell 3.2% in the first quarter of 2010, but remains above its year-earlier level.

In March, 13 of the 20 MSAs covered by S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices and both monthly composites were down although the two composites and 10 MSAs showed year-over-year gains. Housing prices rebounded from crisis lows, but recently have seen renewed weakness as tax incentives are ending and foreclosures are climbing.

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Source:
The First Quarter of 2010 Indicates Some Weakening in Home Prices
New York, May 25, 2010
http://www.standardandpoors.com/indices/sp-case-shiller-home-price-indices/en/us/?indexId=spusa-cashpidff–p-us—-

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