Thursday, October 30, 2008

Still no end in sight

US house prices

Still no end in sight

Oct 28th 2008

House prices in America fall yet again

THOSE looking for an end to America's housing bust will have to wait a little longer. Although sales of new homes rose slightly in September, prices are continuing to fall fast. On Tuesday October 28th the S&P/Case-Shiller index of house prices for ten cities showed a record decline of 17.7% in the year to September. The index has now fallen nearly three times as far as it did during the last big dip in 1991. The broader 20-city index has also touched a new low, sinking by 16.6%. Some observers think that house prices could continue to drop until the middle of next year.