Crisis In The Housing Market

Home Prices Haven't 'Turned,' But Some Edged Up As Quarter Ended

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A "sold" sign earlier this year in Palo Alto, Calif.

A "sold" sign earlier this year in Palo Alto, Calif.

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Home prices slipped further in the first quarter, according to the widely watched S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices. It reports that:

"The national composite fell by 2.0% in the first quarter of 2012 and was down 1.9% versus the first quarter of 2011. The 10- and 20-City Composites posted respective annual returns of -2.8% and -2.6% in March 2012. Month-over-month, their changes were minimal; average home prices in the 10-City Composite fell by 0.1% compared to February and the 20-City remained basically unchanged in March over February. However, with these latest data, all three composites still posted their lowest levels since the housing crisis began in mid-2006."

"Housing prices have not turned," David Blitzer, chairman of the index committee at S&P Indices, says in the report.

Still, there is this modestly good news buried in the numbers: While prices overall were down for the quarter and were below the already low-levels of a year earlier, in 12 cities they did tick up in March from February, as the quarter ended. Those places:

— Charlotte, up 1.2 percent from February.

— Cleveland, up 0.4 percent

— Dallas, up 1.6 percent.

— Denver, up 1.5 percent.

— Los Angeles, up 0.1 percent.

— Miami, up 0.9 percent.

— Phoenix, up 2.2 percent.

— San Diego, up 0.4 percent.

— San Francisco, up 1 percent.

— Seattle, up 1.7 percent.

— Tampa, up 1.3 percent.

— Washington, D.C., up 1 percent.



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