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US House Prices Forecast 2008-2010

Housing-Market / US Housing Jun 29, 2008 - 12:29 AM GMT

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Housing-Market Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleUS House prices continued to plunge for April 08 data, reaching an extreme low reading of down 16.3% on a year earlier as measured by the S&P/ Case-Shiller Composite-10 and down more than 19% from the mid 2006 peak. The rate of decline is the worst since the Great Depression and signals further distress in the real estate linked credit markets and therefore a continuing drag on the US economy in the face of the continuing deleveraging of the mortgage backed derivatives markets.


The housing market trend suggests that the annualised rate of house price falls could bottom at minus-18% for the July S&P/Case-Shiller house price data, therefore suggesting a continuation of the weakening trend in US house prices for the next 3 months (May,June,July data), after which the pace at which US house prices are declining 'should' improve as the current momentum is unsustainable beyond July 2008 due to sharp declines from a year earlier factoring into the annualised house price figures.

US House Prices Forecast 2008 to 2010

By the end of 2008, the annual rate of house price falls should slow to about 13%. Whilst it is not possible to forecast a bottom in the US housing market at this stage of the bear market, it is possible to come to the conclusion that most of the decline in nominal house prices is now behind us on the basis of analysis of the continuing decline in real-term house prices which suggests that a stabilising US housing market during late 2009 and 2010 will mask the continuing real terms inflation adjusted fall in the housing market valuations for several more years that will in effect have the impact of eroding all of the gains since the 1989 peak and reducing the gain from the 1994 low from 131% to just 40% by the end of 2010 as the below graph illustrates.

US Real House Prices Forecast 2008 - 2010

When to Buy? - The time to start contemplating buying real estate again will be after the US housing market has made a nominal bottom in house prices and at the time US house prices start to increase in real-terms as the BUY / SELL signals above illustrate. As per this analysis there is no sign of a BUY trigger occurring within the next 2 1/2 years.

Presidential Election - It is unlikely that there will be a significant turnaround in the annualised pace of house price declines by the November 08 election (September data) and therefore the falling housing market will continue to be a major negative factor for the Republican candidate despite the hundreds of billions being thrown at the housing market in an attempt at trying to put a floor under the housing market by reducing the number of foreclosures amongst adjustable rate mortgage holders resetting to higher interest rates.

US House Prices Forecast Summary - Nominal US House Prices are forecast to fall by 30% from the Mid 2006 peak by the end of 2010, or a further 11% on the decline of 19% to date. US house prices will continue falling in real-terms even if a low in nominal house prices is made by mid 2010.

For views on the UK housing market see the most recent article UK Housing Bear Market Threatening Economic Deflation

By Nadeem Walayat
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Comments

Ken Anderson
02 Jul 08, 10:03
Excellent Analysis - However use + or - 1 to 2 year standard deviation

Hi All

Having invested in the real estate market for several years,

Nadeem is provinding excellent analysis that can provide a "blueprint" for investing going forward.

That being said there is a need for a plus or minus 1 to 2 year standard deviation because of the local nature of markets.

This concerns mainly major markets.

Thanks, Ken


Swarna raghuvir
11 Dec 08, 07:59
seeling house in 2009 or 2010

I am wondering if we should list our house in april/May of 2009 or list in March/april of 2010. we want to downsize.We live in fairfield county, CT.


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