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That's gonna leave a mark: Data through December 2007 for the Case-Shiller Home Price Index shows broad based declines in the prices of existing single family homes across the United States. This marks 2007 as a full year of declining home prices.

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As the chart above shows, annual returns of the national home price indices declined -8.9% versus the 4th quarter of 2006. This is the largest decline in the series' 20-year history. Comparatively, during the 1990-91 housing recession, the annual rate bottomed at -2.8%.

Shiller:

“We reached a somber year-end for the housing market in 2007,” says Robert J. Shiller, Professor at Yale University and Chief Economist at MacroMarkets LLC. “Home prices across the nation and in most metro areas are significantly lower than where they were a year ago. Wherever you look things look bleak, with 17 of the 20 metro areas reporting annual declines and the remaining three reporting flat or moderate growth rates. Looking closely at these negative returns, you will see that 14 of the metro areas are also reporting record lows and eight are in double digit decline. The monthly data paint a similar picture, with all metro areas now reporting at least four consecutive negative monthly returns.”

Damn that Shiller! He's way too negative. All these professorial types, with their data and logic are so pessimistic! When are all these academics gonna start being more balanced?

Source:
Year End Numbers Mark Widespread Declines
S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, February 26, 2008
http://tinyurl.com/3cz3kg

Source: Case Shiller Housing Composite Negative for 2007