The decline in residential property prices appears to be slowing, according to preliminary data from First American CoreLogic.
A preview of its November report shows that home prices fell 9.6 percent last month, compared with 10.4 percent in October and 11.2 percent in September.
“The consistent deceleration over the past two months with November indicating the same trend in price declines is encouraging because it could portend the trough in price declines,” says Mark Fleming, chief economist for First American CoreLogic.
Still, layoffs and the swollen supply of unsold homes remain a concern, he notes.
Source: American Banker (12/29/08)