The Case Shiller Home Price Index just came out and it shows a continued decline in Chicago home prices in October. If you will recall prices had been rebounding for several months - for the third time. Then starting in September they turned around. Now in October this quadruple dip is starting to take shape, which is actually quite incredible given that prices are still more than 22% below the long term trend line plotted below in red.
Chicago single family home prices fell an additional 1.8% in October, bringing the price index 31% below the bubble peak in September 2006 and back to the levels of August/September 2001. On a year over year basis home prices are down 4.8% but that year over year decline is getting smaller - for now. However, I do need to point out that prices are at least still up 5.7% from the recent low reached in April of this year.
Meanwhile, condominium prices in Chicago plunged 2.5% from September, which means they are down 7.7% in the last year. Chicago condo prices are down a total of 30.2% from the bubble peak and they are back to the level of April 2001.
As Standard and Poors noted in their Case Shiller index press release the hardest hit markets in October were some of the strongest during the spring and summer buying season.
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