We will know soon whether this is a robust result when the other repeat sales data index, the Case-Shiller, releases the January numbers next week.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Home Prices: Some Good News?
I am not so excited about home sales data, housing starts or median prices, but I am cautiously optimistic about this: the latest OFHEO data on home prices using repeat sales data shows an uptick in home values from December to January for the US as a whole (1.9%) and for all regions but the Pacific. What explains this? Well it could be an anomaly - sales were scarce and this could cause results that do not represent an overall trend - and it could be the lowering cost of mortgages along with some pretty cheap homes. Who knows, but it is better than another bad report in any event.