Home Prices At 'New Recession Low'

May 31, 2011

There was a 4.2 percent drop in home prices during the first quarter according to the widely watched S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices report, which was just released.

And after the 3.6 percent decline in fourth-quarter 2010, prices have "hit a new recession low" and are down 5.1 percent from first-quarter 2010.

"Nationally, home prices are back to their mid-2002 levels," the report adds.

According to David Blitzer, chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Indices, we now have "confirmation of a double-dip in home prices across much of the nation."

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