Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Realtors: Home price slump through '08

Home prices are likely to end 2008 below last year's peaks as slump is now seen as worse than previously forecast.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Home values and housing sales will take an even bigger hit than previously forecast and will not recover to their earlier levels throughout all of 2008, at least, according to the latest economic outlook from the National Association of Realtors released Tuesday.

While the trade group sees gains in prices in 2008 from the current weak levels, it projects that the median existing home price will be $224,600 in the fourth quarter of next year. That would still put the price slightly below the record price reading of $225,000 in the third quarter of last year.

The trade group now says it expects a 3.7 percent decline in existing home prices in the third quarter of 2007 compared to a year earlier, which is worse than the previous forecast of a 2.2 percent decline. And the fourth quarter should see prices down 1.3 percent from a year ago, rather than the 1 percent drop that was previously forecast.

The group has continually been revising price estimates lower as problems in the mortgage markets made it more difficult for potential buyers to find financing and helped feed the glut of homes for sale on the market. As recently as the March economic forecast, it had still been looking for an annual
gain of 1.2 percent in existing home prices.

"There's been an unusual hit to home sales, starting in March when subprime (mortgage) problems emerged, and more recently when problems spread to jumbo loans, with many potential buyers on the sidelines," said a statement from Lawrence Yun, the group's senior economist.

The weakness in prices is being fed by the slowdown in sales, which has resulted in a glut of homes on the market. And that slump in sales is now expected to be worse than the group's earlier estimates.

The group is now forecasting an 8.6 percentage drop in the pace of existing home sales this year, which is not only worse than its previous estimate of a 6.8 percent decline, but also would top the 8.5 percent drop seen in 2006. While the group believes existing home sales should rebound 5.8 percent in 2008, that would still leave the volume of sales more than 11 percent below the record sales of 7.1 million seen in 2005.

New home sales volume is expected to drop even more sharply, posting a 23.8 percent drop this year, and another 7.4 percent drop in 2008. Housing starts are expected to post similar declines each year.

You gotta love these guys at the NAR. Since they keep changing their stories, they are beginning to look like a group of five year olds telling us “a giant stepped on it” when they broke moms vase. The N.A.R. are either completely inept or they are becoming practiced in the art of fiction.

Maybe they think that the old M.O. still works, where they deliver their overly optimistic projections to much media fanfare, then revise the numbers closer to the truth a little later knowing the media won’t pay much attention to the revission.

That’s so 90s.

Come on guys, wake up and smell the coffee. Now we have this thing called the internet and guys like me on it that will call bullshit.

Watch for more downward revisions as we reach quarter 4 of this year.
N.A.R., what a bunch of monkey butts…


Anonymous Albuquerque real estate said...

What a bunch of monkey butts?! That sure got a chuckle out of me.

Saturday, September 15, 2007  
Blogger Vern Wichers said...

When I think of N.A.R. a picture pops into my mind of hairy simians throwing feces. I don’t know why...

Saturday, September 15, 2007  
Anonymous Highcabin said...

I think you are right about the NAR method of opperation. We don’t hear much about the revisions but they always seem to come. Issuing falty numbers then revising every time is just plain lying.

Saturday, September 15, 2007  
Anonymous Vector said...

It's a bold statement to claim that they both revise every time and are liers. Maybe you should check your facts better highcabin.

Saturday, September 15, 2007  
Anonymous highcabin said...

Vector, all you have to do is look back on David Lier's, (former head of the N.A.R.) history of cheerleading the real estate industry as it was coming apart to see he was a monkey butt.

Saturday, September 15, 2007  
Blogger Vern Wichers said...

Guys, it's spelled 'liar', but we're men, we don't have to spell everything write...I mean right.

Saturday, September 15, 2007  
Anonymous highcabin said...

Write you are Vern!

Saturday, September 15, 2007  

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