Home-price fall in October is nation’s largest since 1991

first_imgLeading the index lower was Miami, where prices fell 12.4percent in October compared with the same month last year. That led it to surpass Tampa, Fla., as the worst-performing city. Tampa posted a year-over-year loss of 11.8 percent.Besides those two cities, Detroit, Las Vegas, Phoenix and San Diego also posted double-digit year-over-year declines. Atlanta and Dallas, which had previously posted price appreciation, fell in October. Prices fell 0.7 percent in Atlanta and 0.1 percent in Dallas compared to a year earlier.Only three areas – Charlotte, N.C., Portland, Ore. and Seattle posted year-over-year home price appreciation in October. Charlotte posted the largest gains at 4.3 percent.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It is considered a strong measure of home prices because it examines price changes of the same property over time, instead of calculating a median price of homes sold during the month.Home prices could fall an additional 10percent over the next year to 18 months before bottoming out, said Patrick Newport, an economist with financial consultant Global Insight, in an interview.Newport said four of the largest groups trying to sell homes – banks holding foreclosed properties, home builders, speculators and unemployed consumers – are typically flexible about lowering house prices because they need to get rid of the property.Sales of homes will likely start to rebound late in 2008, with price appreciation to follow, Newport said.A second, broader Case-Shiller index, which measures 20 metropolitan areas, fell 6.1 percent in October. Among the 20 areas used in the broader index, 11 posted record year-over-year declines and all 20 declined in October compared with September. NEW YORK – U.S. home prices fell in October for the 10th consecutive month, posting their largest drop since early 1991, according to a key index released Wednesday.The record 6.7percent slide in the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller home price index also marked the 23rd consecutive month that prices either fell or grew more slowly than the month prior.“No matter how you look at these data, it is obvious that the current state of the single-family housing market remains grim,” said Robert Shiller, who helped create the index, in a statement.The previous record decline was 6.3percent, recorded in April 1991. The index tracks prices of existing single-family homes in 10 metropolitan areas.last_img read more