Bailout or not, the drumbeat in housing goes on.
Here’s the latest news in falling home prices. It turns out they set another record in July.
From CNNMoney entitled: Record 16% Drop in July Home Prices
“A closely watched index released Tuesday showed home prices tumbling by the sharpest annual rate ever in July, but the rate of monthly declines is slowing.
The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city housing index fell a record 16.3% in July from a year earlier, the largest drop since its inception in 2000. The 10-city index plunged 17.5%, the biggest decline in its 21-year history.
Prices in the 20-city index have plummeted nearly 20% since peaking in July 2006. The 10-city index has fallen more than 21% since its peak in June 2006.
No city in the Case-Shiller 20-city index saw annual price gains in July, the fourth straight month that has happened.
However, the pace of monthly declines is slowing, a possible silver lining. Between May and July, for example, home prices fell at a cumulative rate of 2.2% – less than half the cumulative rate experienced between February and April.
But there’s “no evidence of a bottom,” said David M. Blitzer, chairman of the index committee at S&P.
Las Vegas prices plunged the most at nearly 30%, with Phoenix diving 29% and Miami 28%. Prices in the seven cities in the Sunbelt all fell between 20% and 30% from a year ago.
Only seven cities showed positive or flat returns from June to July, down from nine that showed month-over-month gains in June. Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Denver and Minneapolis all posted positive returns for three months or more.”