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Radar logic: Housing prices will continue to fall

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(Read caption) This chart shows the annual change in the home price index, as calculated by Radar Logic, over the past decade. Housing prices continue to drop on a year over year basis.

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As I have noted in the past, since the home price index data provided by Radar Logic is more timely, unadjusted and un-smoothed it is particularly useful for gaining deeper visibility over our housing markets.

As for the latest trends, it’s important to note that the 25-MSA Composite is continuing to show significant year-over-year declines and, after having broken well below the low set in March of 2009 (double-dipping) earlier this year and then rising throughout the spring/summer selling season, is now clearly in decline as the data moves into the period of the year with the least number of transactions.

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The latest data shows that as of October, prices have declined 4.33% below the level seen in October 2010 while continuing to turn down from a seasonal peak reached in mid-June.

With the spring/summer selling season now complete and declining prices now registering with regularity, there is nowhere for prices to go but down. Look for a declining trend to continue to materialize and likely run into March or April of 2012.