Real estate prices in 11 of 20 markets fall to new lows

By Inman News, Tuesday, February 22, 2011

U.S. home prices fell 3.9 percent during the last three months of 2010, back to where they were at the beginning of 2003 and near the low for the downturn set in 2009, according to the latest Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller National Home Price Index.

Looking back a year, the index showed prices down 4.1 percent, with 18 of 20 markets tracked in the 20-city composite index losing ground and 11 reaching new lows for the downturn.

Markets that have “double dipped” to new lows since peaking in 2006 and 2007 are Atlanta; Charlotte; Chicago; Detroit; Las Vegas; Miami; New York; Phoenix; Portland, Ore.; Seattle and Tampa.

“We ended 2010 with a weak report,” said David M. Blitzer, chairman of the index committee at Standard & Poor’s. Despite improvements in the overall economy, he said, “housing continues to drift lower and weaker.”

Unlike the first dip in home prices from 2006 to 2009, when all cities saw prices move together, market activity is now more varied, Blitzer said.

California is doing better, he said, with gains from low points in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco.

S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city composite

Market Index level Change from November to December Change from October to November Change from year ago
Atlanta 99.92 -0.9% -2.4% -8.0%
Boston 152.54 -0.1% -1.0% -0.8%
Charlotte 112.59 -0.7% -0.7% -4.4%
Chicago 117.86 -1.4% -2.2% -7.4%
Cleveland 99.73 -0.4% -2.0% -4.0%
Dallas 114.61 -0.2% -1.1% -3.6%
Denver 124.10 -0.7% -1.2% -2.4%
Detroit 65.93 -2.3% -2.5% -9.1%
Las Vegas 99.48 -1.1% -0.4% -4.7%
Los Angeles 170.99 -1.3% -0.4% -0.2%
Miami 143.11 -0.5% -0.2% -3.7%
Minneapolis 117.09 -1.3% -2.2% -5.3%
New York 167.86 -0.9% -1.2% -2.3%
Phoenix 103.10 -1.7% -1.1% -8.3%
Portland 138.23 -1.2% -1.6% -7.8%
San Diego 158.97 -0.7% 0.1% 1.7%
San Francisco 135.85 -1.0% -1.1% -0.4%
Seattle 138.70 -2.0% -1.1% -6.0%
Tampa 130.23 -2.6% -0.9% -6.2%
Washington 186.18 0.3% 0.0% 4.1%
Composite-10 156.26 -0.9% -0.8% -1.2%
Composite-20 142.42 -1.0% -1.0% -2.4%
U.S. National Index 130.38* -3.9%* (Q3 to Q4) -1.9%* (Q2 to Q3) -4.1%

 

*Index base value of 100 established in January 2000. Changes in U.S. index are quarterly (Q3 to Q4 2010, and Q2 to Q3 2010) instead of monthly.
Source: Standard & Poor’s and Fiserv.

Looking at trends in individual markets from November to December, however, only Washington, D.C., saw price appreciation.