Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Case Shiller: Home Prices near post-bubble lows in February

by Bill McBride on 4/26/2011 09:00:00 AM

S&P/Case-Shiller released the monthly Home Price Indices for February (actually a 3 month average of December, January and February).

This includes prices for 20 individual cities and and two composite indices (for 10 cities and 20 cities).

Note: Case-Shiller reports NSA, I use the SA data.

From S&P:Home Prices Edge Closer to 2009 Lows

Data through February 2011, released today by S&P Indices for its S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices ... show prices for the 10- and 20-city composites are lower than a year ago but still slightly above their April 2009 bottom. The 10- City Composite fell 2.6% and the 20-City Composite was down 3.3% from February 2010 levels.

Washington D.C. was the only market to post a year-over-year gain with an annual growth rate of +2.7%. Ten of the 11 cities that made new lows in January 2011 saw new lows again in February 2011. Detroit avoided another new low, managing a +1.0% increase in February over January, the only city with a positive monthly change. With an index level of 139.27, the 20-City Composite is virtually back to its April 2009 trough value (139.26); the 10-City Composite is 1.5% above its low.
Case-Shiller House Prices Indices Click on graph for larger image in graph gallery.

The first graph shows the nominal seasonally adjusted Composite 10 and Composite 20 indices (the Composite 20 was started in January 2000).

The Composite 10 index is off 31.7% from the peak, and down 0.2% in February (SA). The Composite 10 is still 1.8% above the May 2009 post-bubble bottom.

The Composite 20 index is also off 31.4% from the peak, and down 0.2% in February (SA). The Composite 20 is only 0.4% above the May 2009 post-bubble bottom and will probably be at a new post-bubble low soon.

Case-Shiller House Prices Indices The second graph shows the Year over year change in both indices.

The Composite 10 SA is down 2.6% compared to February 2010.

The Composite 20 SA is down 3.3% compared to February 2010.

The third graph shows the price declines from the peak for each city included in S&P/Case-Shiller indices.

Case-Shiller Price Declines Prices increased (SA) in 6 of the 20 Case-Shiller cities in February seasonally adjusted. Prices in Las Vegas are off 58% from the peak, and prices in Dallas only off 6.8% from the peak.

From S&P (NSA):
“There is very little, if any, good news about housing. Prices continue to weaken, trends in sales and construction are disappointing.” says David M. Blitzer, Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Indices. “Ten of the 11 MSAs that recorded index lows in January fell further in February. The one exception, Detroit, is 30% below its 2000 price level. The 20-City Composite is within a hair’s breadth of a double dip. Fourteen MSAs and both Composites have continued to decline month-over-month for more than six consecutive months as of February."

“Atlanta, Cleveland and Las Vegas join Detroit as cities with home prices below their 2000 levels; and Phoenix is barely above its January 2000 level after a new index low. The one positive is Washington D.C. with a positive annual growth rate, +2.7%, and home prices more than 80% over its January 2000 level. Other cities holding on to large gains from 11 years ago include Los Angeles (68.25%), New York (65.19%) and San Diego (55.05%)”
Both composite indices are still slightly above the post-bubble low (SA), but the indexes will probably be at new lows in the next few months.