by Bill McBride on 11/07/2011 10:30:00 AM
Monday, November 07, 2011
Notes: This CoreLogic Home Price Index report is for September. The Case-Shiller index released two weeks ago was for August. Case-Shiller is currently the most followed house price index, but CoreLogic is used by the Federal Reserve and is followed by many analysts. The CoreLogic HPI is a three month weighted average of July, August and September (September weighted the most) and is not seasonally adjusted (NSA).
From CoreLogic: CoreLogic® September Home Price Index Shows Second Consecutive Month-Over-Month and Year-Over-Year Decline
CoreLogic ... today released its September Home Price Index (HPI®) which shows that home prices in the U.S. decreased 1.1 percent on a month-over-month basis, the second consecutive monthly decline. According to the CoreLogic HPI, national home prices, including distressed sales, also declined by 4.1 percent in September 2011 compared to September 2010.Click on graph for larger image.
“Even with low interest rates, demand for houses remains muted. Home sales are down in September and the inventory of homes for sale remains elevated. Home prices are adjusting to correct for the supply-demand imbalance and we expect declines to continue through the winter. Distressed sales remain a significant share of homes that do sell and are driving home prices overall,” said Mark Fleming, chief economist for CoreLogic.
This graph shows the national CoreLogic HPI data since 1976. January 2000 = 100.
The index was down 1.1% in September, and is down 4.1% over the last year, and off 31.2% from the peak - and up 3.6% from the March 2011 low.
Some of this decrease is seasonal (the CoreLogic index is NSA). Month-to-month prices changes will probably remain negative through February or March 2012 - the normal seasonal pattern. It is likely that there will be new post-bubble lows for this index late this year or early in 2012.