Core Logic Sees Smaller Home Price Losses Ahead Despite Some “At-Risk” Markets
The FHFA and S&P Case Shiller published home price index data last week for the month of November. Both showed moderate month-over-month declines offset by still-high year-over-year numbers. Today's CoreLogic home price data paints a similar picture (but for the month of December) with a modest 0.4% decline month-over-month and a 6.9% annual growth rate.
6.9% is still on the higher end of historical norms from before the post-pandemic boom, but CoreLogic goes a step farther by updating forecasts in addition to the hard data. The firm sees next month's year-over-year number dropping to +3.0%. Bad news, right?!
Not so fast... We have to remember the economic phenomenon of "base effects." This means that annual numbers can and will change--sometimes substantially--just becaus
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