SANTA ANA, Calif., May 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX), a leading provider of information, analytics and business services, today released its March Home Price Index (HPI) which shows that home prices in the U.S. declined for the eighth month in a row. According to the CoreLogic HPI, national home prices, including distressed sales, declined by 7.5 percent in March 2011 compared to March 2010 after declining by 5.8 percent* in February 2011 compared to February 2010. Excluding distressed sales, year-over-year prices declined by 0.96 percent in March 2011 compared to March 2010 and by 2.0* percent in February 2011 compared to February 2010. Distressed sales include short sales and real estate owned (REO) transactions.
"Last year the First Time Homebuyer Tax Credit pulled a significant number of sales forward and, to an extent, artificially supported prices. So, absent the tax credit, it is understandable that we see prices continue to decline when compared with last year," said Mark Fleming, chief economist with CoreLogic. "As we move further away from that support, we will see a leveling of prices and eventually organic improvements in the market."
Highlights as of March 2011
- Including distressed sales, the five states with the highest appreciation were: West Virginia (+7.7 percent), North Dakota (+4.1 percent), New York (+3.5 percent), Alaska (+2.4 percent) and Maine (+0.4 percent).
- Including distressed sales, the five states with the greatest depreciation were: Idaho (-13.3 percent), Arizona (-12.3 percent), Michigan (-11.9 percent), Florida (-10.6 percent) and Illinois (-10.6 percent).
- Excluding distressed sales, the five states with the highest appreciation were: West Virginia (+11.5 percent), New York (+4.5 percent), Mississippi (+4.4 percent), North Dakota (+4.1 percent) and Alaska (+4.0 percent).
- Excluding distressed sales, the five states with the greatest depreciation were: Nevada (-8.9 percent), Idaho (-8.8 percent), Arizona (-6.6 percent), Maine (-6.6 percent) and Minnesota (-5 percent).
- Including distressed transactions, the peak-to-current change in the national HPI (from April 2006 to March 2011) was -34.8 percent. Excluding distressed transactions, the peak-to-current change in the HPI for the same period was -22.5 percent.
- Of the top 100 Core Based Statistical Areas (CBSAs) measured by population, 92 are showing year-over-year declines in March, an increase over February when 85* of the top CBSAs were showing year-over-year declines.
Full-month March 2011 national, state-level and top CBSA-level data can be found at http://www.corelogic.com/About-Us/ResearchTrends/Home-Price-Index.aspx
*February data was revised. Revisions with public records data are standard, and to ensure accuracy, CoreLogic incorporates the newly released public data to provide updated results.
The CoreLogic HPI incorporates more than 30 years worth of repeat sales transactions, representing more than 55 million observations sourced from CoreLogic industry-leading property information and its securities and servicing databases. The CoreLogic HPI provides a multi-tier market evaluation based on price, time between sales, property type, loan type (conforming vs. nonconforming), and distressed sales. The CoreLogic HPI is a repeat-sales index that tracks increases and decreases in sales prices for the same homes over time, which provides a more accurate "constant-quality" view of pricing trends than basing analysis on all home sales. The CoreLogic HPI provides the most comprehensive set of monthly home price indices and median sales prices available covering 6,451 ZIP codes (58 percent of total U.S. population), 592 Core Based Statistical Areas (86 percent of total U.S. population) and 1,102 counties (83 percent of total U.S. population) located in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
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