Despite signs that the real estate market might be lurching forward, prices are expected to fall further this year and next.Most predictions fall wide of the mark, so I don't place much faith in them. However, it's still interesting to hear what independent analysts expect.
The average home price in the United States will fall by about 6% by September 2011, according to a joint report between Fiserv and Moody's Economy.com. And that's after plunging more than 27% in the past three years.
Most of the projected home price decline will occur during the usually slow summer months of 2010. After that, prices should begin to stabilize, according to Fiserv, and stay almost flat through fall of 2011.
The main reason for continued decline, according to Mark Zandi, economist and co-founder of Economy.com, is foreclosures — the same thing that's plagued markets for the past three years.
Monday, March 01, 2010
Home prices predicted to fall this summer
Fiserv and Moody's expect home prices to fall this summer: