Tuesday, February 28, 2012

All Three Home Price Composites End 2011 at New Lows

Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, showed that all three headline composites ended 2011 at new index lows.

 The national composite fell by 3.8% during the fourth quarter of 2011 and was down 4.0% versus the fourth quarter of 2010.

Both the 10- and 20-City Composites fell by 1.1`% in December over November, and posted annual returns of -3.9% and -4.0% versus December 2010, respectively.

These are worse than the -3.8% respective annual rates both reported for November. With these latest data, all three composites are at their lowest levels since the housing crisis began in mid-2006

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The chart above shows the index levels for the U.S. National Home Price Index, as well as its annual returns.

As of the fourth quarter of 2011, average home prices across the United States are back at their late 2002 levels. 

With this month’s report, the National Index level hit a new low, falling 3.8% over the 4th quarter and down 4.0% versus the fourth quarter of 2010.

Data through December 2011, released today by S&P Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller

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Original content Bob DeMarco, All American Investor