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House prices continue to drop

November 25, 2008 by  

Is your house still a worthwhile investment?Those who hoped that the rising value of their property would help see them through their golden years may have already started re-evaluating – now, new figures show the slide in house prices is continuing.

Figures from the S&P/Case-Shiller indexes revealed a double-digit decline nationwide, compared with the same period last year.

Prices fell by an annual rate of 16.6 percent during the third quarter, while its separate index of 10 major U.S. cities showed a decline of 18.6 percent.

"The turmoil in the financial markets is placing further downward pressure on a housing market already weakened by its own fundamentals," commented Case-Shiller index committee chairman David Blitzer.

He said that current house prices in many areas are comparable to what they were in early 2004.

Phoenix, Las Vegas and San Francisco were the three metropolitan areas that showed the steepest drop compared with 2007. In all three locations, average house prices are around 30 percent less than they were last year.

At the same time, a separate report from the National Association of Realtors revealed that existing home sales were down 3.1 percent month-on-month in October.
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  • Neil

    Economics versus Politics

    Both entities might very well seem to show each other as a mirror immage, on one hand, or as a counterpage in an ample context, on the other. To be more concise, let us consider that all the economic desaster of America’s today mirrors the immage of a poor political/economical management of Bush’s Administration; an assertion generally agreed as an undubitable truth. The question is: “Could the entire team of the elect President, having Gate’s war expertise in the Middle East battle field of Irak / Afganistan desaster turn better now , under the new leadership than it was before during Bushes (Pl!) war(s)? Or – would our international prestige improve under the new team, having a hillary turn up/down with the Clinton(s) back on stage, or shall we repeat the Billy Boy’s war strategies and mistakes like in old days?
    We know that there is not a straight answer as far as the politics/economics do not go straight. I t depends on what is the fighting for – to defend Israel or America.

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