Thursday, March 18, 2010

First American CoreLogic: House Prices Decline 1.9% in January

by Bill McBride on 3/18/2010 10:46:00 AM

The Fed's favorite house price indicator from First American CoreLogic’s LoanPerformance ...

From LoanPerformance: January Home Price Index Shows Narrowing Annual Decline

National home prices, including distressed sales, declined by 0.7 percent in January 2010 compared to January 2009, according to First American CoreLogic and its LoanPerformance Home Price Index (HPI). This was a significant improvement over December’s year-over-year price decline of 3.4 percent. Excluding distressed sales, year-over-year prices declined in January by 0.4 percent; while in December the non-distressed HPI fell by 3.3 percent year-over-year. Compared to a year ago, the month-to-month rate of decline is lessening – in January 2009, the HPI showed the largest one month decline in its more than 30-year history. On a month-over-month basis, the national average home price index decline accelerated, falling by 1.9 percent in January 2010 compared to 0.8 percent in December 2009, indicating the housing market still remains weak.
Loan Performance House Price Index Click on graph for larger image in new window.

This graph shows the national LoanPerformance data since 1976. January 2000 = 100.

The index is off 0.7% over the last year, and off 29% from the peak.

The index has declined for five consecutive months.

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