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US House Prices Suffer Record Worst Quarterly Fall

Housing-Market / US Housing May 23, 2008 - 10:42 AM GMT

By: Jennifer_Yousfi

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U.S. home prices suffered their worst decline on record, skidding 1.7% in the first quarter, the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO) announced yesterday (Thursday).

That drop-off from the fourth quarter to the first quarter in the OFHEO's "purchase-only index" exceeded the 1.4% decline between the third and fourth quarters of last year, and was the biggest decrease in the 17-year history of the index. On a year-over-year basis, home prices have fallen 3.1% since the first quarter of 2007.


All the figures were reported on a seasonally adjusted basis.

"For homeowners and financial market observers, these declines spell further erosion in home equity levels and potentially more trouble for mortgage markets," James Lockhart, OFHEO's director, said in a statement .

However, Lockhart also noted that the decline in prices could be good news for some.

"To prospective home buyers who have been shut out of homeownership because of affordability constraints, these declines may be welcome news," he added.

The size of the first-quarter decline is yet another signal that the housing recession is still weighing heavily on the home market.

The steepest declines were in areas that experienced overbuilding, such as California and Nevada, where home prices dropped as much as 8% in the quarter, the OFHEO reported.

The drop in housing prices only serves to exacerbate the ongoing subprime crisis.

"It's a dismal picture, there's no way around it," Paul Kasriel, chief economist at Northern Trust Corp. ( NTRS ) in Chicago, told Bloomberg News . "A complicating factor is the fact that so many homeowners owe more on their mortgages than their houses are worth . This is a financial crisis. You can't put lipstick on this pig."

As home prices drop, overextended owners are unable to sell for a price high enough to cover the outstanding balance on their mortgages. The result has been a large upswing in the number of home foreclosures.

Foreclosure filings have hit an all-time high, with a 65% year-over-year increase in April and a 4% increase from March, RealtyTrac reported earlier this month.

Almost two-thirds of U.S. banks have raised standards for mortgages, even to their most creditworthy borrowers, Bloomberg reported. For those with limited or bad credit history, so-called subprime borrowers, three-fourths of banks have raised lending requirements, according to a U.S. Federal Reserve survey of senior loan officers published May 5.

At the same time that consumers are finding it hard to obtain needed financing, the high level of housing inventory, currently at an 11-month supply, is making it very difficult for distressed homeowners to sell. The glut of homes currently on the market is putting downward pressure on home prices.

"The large overhang of real estate inventory awaiting sale continues to force price declines in many areas, but particularly in places that had seen very sharp appreciation in previous periods," said Patrick Lawler, OFHEO chief economist.

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