Broad-based Declines in Home Prices in the 3rd Quarter of 2010 According to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices

NEW YORK, Nov. 30, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Data through September 2010, released today by Standard & Poor's for its S&P/Case-Shiller(1) Home Price Indices, the leading measure of U.S. home prices, show that the U.S. National Home Price Index declined 2.0% in the third quarter of 2010, after having risen 4.7% in the second quarter.  Nationally, home prices are 1.5% below their year-earlier levels. In September, 18 of the 20 MSAs covered by S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices and both monthly composites were down; and only the two composites and five MSAs showed year-over-year gains. While housing prices are still above their spring 2009 lows, the end of the tax incentives and still active foreclosures appear to be weighing down the market.

The S&P/Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index, which covers all nine U.S. census divisions, recorded a 1.5% decline in the third quarter of 2010 over the third quarter of 2009. In September, the 10-City and 20-City Composites recorded annual returns of +1.6% and +0.6%, respectively. These two indices are reported at a monthly frequency and September was the fourth consecutive month where the annual growth rates moderated from their prior month's pace, confirming a clear deceleration in home price returns. The 10-City Composite posted a +1.6% annual growth rate in September, versus the +5.4% reported four months prior in May, and the 20-City Composite was up 0.6%, versus its +4.6% May print.

"Another weak report; weaker than last month. The national index is down 1.5% from the third quarter of last year and 15 of 20 cities are down over the last 12 months.  Other than Tampa, FL, there are no new lows this month but many analysts will argue that a double dip will be confirmed before Spring. While some of the bad numbers may reflect the end of the government's tax incentive for first time home-buyers, there are other problems weighing on the housing market," says David M. Blitzer, Chairman of the Index Committee at Standard & Poor's. "The national economy is certainly the number one issue for housing. Additionally, there is a large supply of houses on the market and further, hidden, supply due to delinquent mortgages, pending foreclosures or vacant homes. New construction is running at less than half the pace needed to meet normal demand, so a sustained recovery could be a ways off."

"Looking deeper into the data, in the monthly indices, 18 MSAs and both Composites were down in September over August. This is worse than August when 15 were down month-to-month. The only two which weren't down in September were Las Vegas, which managed to stay a touch above the low set in July, and Washington DC. Overall, there are few, if any, good numbers in this month's data."

As of the third quarter of 2010, average home prices across the United States are at similar levels to what they were in the middle of 2003. The 2010 third quarter values fell by 2.0% over the second quarter, with a corresponding annual rate of return of -1.5%. Since its 2009 Q1 trough, nationally home prices have only grown by +4.9%.

From their peak in June/July of 2006 through the trough in April 2009, the 10-City Composite is down 33.5% and the 20-City Composite is down 32.6%.  Through September, they have recovered by +7.2% and +5.9%, respectively. The peak-to-date figures through September 2010 are -28.7% and -28.6%, respectively.

Both the 10-City and 20-City Composites saw slower annual growth. The 10-City Composite was up 1.6% in September, versus +2.5% in August, and the 20-City Composite was up 0.6% in September, versus August's +1.7%.

Looking at the monthly statistics, both the 10-City and 20-City Composite were down in September over August, by -0.5% and -0.7%, respectively. Eighteen of the 20 metro areas declined in September compared to August – Las Vegas was up 0.1% and Washington DC was up 0.3%. Washington has shown the most resilience against the recent contraction.  It has been up for six consecutive months, beginning in April.  Thirteen of the MSAs were down by 1.0% or more in September, with Cleveland posting the largest decline of 3.0%.

The table below summarizes the results for September 2010. The S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices are revised for the 24 prior months, based on the receipt of additional source data. More than 23 years of history for these data series is available, and can be accessed in full by going to www.homeprice.standardandpoors.com.


2010 Q3

2010 Q3/2010 Q2

2010 Q2/2010 Q1



Level

Change (%)

Change (%)

1-Year Change (%)

U.S. National Index

135.48

-2.0%

4.7%

-1.5%


September 2010

September/
August

August/July


Metropolitan Area

Level

Change (%)

Change (%)

1-Year Change (%)

Atlanta

107.82

-1.0%

-1.0%

-3.1%

Boston

156.28

-1.3%

-0.3%

0.4%

Charlotte

115.38

-1.0%

-0.4%

-3.7%

Chicago

124.76

-1.5%

0.4%

-5.6%

Cleveland

103.78

-3.0%

-0.3%

-1.9%

Dallas

117.49

-1.6%

-1.2%

-2.6%

Denver

127.32

-1.0%

-0.1%

-1.6%

Detroit

70.59

-1.3%

0.5%

-3.0%

Las Vegas

101.18

0.1%

0.1%

-3.5%

Los Angeles

175.36

-0.1%

-0.4%

4.4%

Miami

145.64

-1.2%

-0.3%

-2.7%

Minneapolis

123.71

-2.1%

-0.4%

-1.2%

New York

174.59

-0.3%

0.1%

-0.1%

Phoenix

107.16

-1.5%

-1.3%

-1.9%

Portland

144.30

-1.9%

-0.9%

-3.6%

San Diego

162.43

-1.0%

-0.6%

5.0%

San Francisco

141.54

-0.9%

-0.3%

5.5%

Seattle

145.07

-0.6%

-0.8%

-2.6%

Tampa

136.45

-0.8%

-0.5%

-4.3%

Washington

188.79

0.3%

0.2%

4.5%

Composite-10

161.25

-0.5%

-0.1%

1.6%

Composite-20

147.49

-0.7%

-0.2%

0.6%

Source: Standard & Poor's and Fiserv

Data through September 2010



Since its launch in early 2006, the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices have published, and the markets have followed and reported on, the non-seasonally adjusted data set used in the headline indices. For analytical purposes, Standard & Poor's does publish a seasonally adjusted data set covered in the headline indices, as well as for the 17 of 20 markets with tiered price indices and the five condo markets that are tracked. A summary of the monthly changes using the seasonally adjusted (SA) and non-seasonally adjusted (NSA) data can be found in the table below.

A summary of the monthly changes using the seasonally adjusted (SA) and non-seasonally adjusted (NSA) data can be found in the table below.


2010 Q3/2010 Q2

2010 Q2/2010 Q1


NSA

SA

NSA

SA

US National

-2.0%

-3.4%

4.7%

2.6%


September/August Change (%)

August/July Change (%)

Metropolitan Area

NSA

SA

NSA

SA

Atlanta

-1.0%

-0.7%

-1.0%

-1.2%

Boston

-1.3%

-1.0%

-0.3%

-0.7%

Charlotte

-1.0%

-0.5%

-0.4%

-0.5%

Chicago

-1.5%

-1.2%

0.4%

-0.6%

Cleveland

-3.0%

-2.0%

-0.3%

-1.2%

Dallas

-1.6%

-1.1%

-1.2%

-1.3%

Denver

-1.0%

-0.3%

-0.1%

-1.1%

Detroit

-1.3%

-1.6%

0.5%

-0.8%

Las Vegas

0.1%

-0.2%

0.1%

-0.5%

Los Angeles

-0.1%

-0.4%

-0.4%

-0.9%

Miami

-1.2%

-1.2%

-0.3%

-0.8%

Minneapolis

-2.1%

-2.2%

-0.4%

-1.2%

New York

-0.3%

-0.4%

0.1%

-0.3%

Phoenix

-1.5%

-1.5%

-1.3%

-2.1%

Portland

-1.9%

-1.7%

-0.9%

-0.9%

San Diego

-1.0%

-1.0%

-0.6%

-0.7%

San Francisco

-0.9%

-0.8%

-0.3%

-0.8%

Seattle

-0.6%

-0.5%

-0.8%

-1.1%

Tampa

-0.8%

-1.3%

-0.5%

-0.5%

Washington

0.3%

0.0%

0.2%

0.0%

Composite-10

-0.5%

-0.7%

-0.1%

-0.3%

Composite-20

-0.7%

-0.8%

-0.2%

-0.5%

Source: Standard & Poor's and Fiserv

Data through September 2010



The S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices are published on the last Tuesday of each month at 9:00 am ET. They are constructed to accurately track the price path of typical single-family homes located in each metropolitan area provided. Each index combines matched price pairs for thousands of individual houses from the available universe of arms-length sales data. The S&P/Case-Shiller National U.S. Home Price Index tracks the value of single-family housing within the United States. The index is a composite of single-family home price indices for the nine U.S. Census divisions and is calculated quarterly. The S&P/Case-Shiller Composite of 10 Home Price Index is a value-weighted average of the 10 original metro area indices. The S&P/Case-Shiller Composite of 20 Home Price Index is a value-weighted average of the 20 metro area indices. The indices have a base value of 100 in January 2000; thus, for example, a current index value of 150 translates to a 50% appreciation rate since January 2000 for a typical home located within the subject market.

These indices are generated and published under agreements between Standard & Poor's and Fiserv, Inc. The S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices are produced by Fiserv, Inc. In addition to the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices, Fiserv also offers home price index sets covering thousands of zip codes, counties, metro areas, and state markets. The indices, published by Standard & Poor's, represent just a small subset of the broader data available through Fiserv.

For more information about S&P Indices, please visit www.standardandpoors.com/indices.

(1) Case-Shiller® and Case-Shiller Indexes® are registered trademarks of Fiserv, Inc.

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For more information:

David R. Guarino

Standard & Poor's

Communications

212-438-1471

dave_guarino@standardandpoors.com

David Blitzer

Standard & Poor's

Chairman of the Index Committee

212-438-3907

david_blitzer@standardandpoors.com



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