Thursday, April 26, 2007

U.S. House Prices Slide As Property Glut Grows / WSJ

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....Standard & Poor's reported yesterday that the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city composite index in February was down 1% from a year earlier. The metro-area price changes ranged from drops of 7.8% in Detroit and 5% in San Diego to rises of 10.6% in Seattle and 7.7% in Portland, Ore. In 15 of the 20 cities, March prices were down from a month before....

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In Florida's St. Lucie County, current inventory is enough to last more than 34 months at March's sales rate, says Mr. Lawler. The supply is 29 months in Palm Beach County and 25 months in both Miami-Dade and Broward counties, he adds.

Other cities with big increases in listings from the already swollen levels of a year ago include Phoenix (36%), Chicago (44%), Los Angeles (54%) and Las Vegas (30%). The inventory was little changed but still plentiful in the San Diego and Washington, D.C., areas...

At the same time, delinquent mortgage payments -- a precursor of more foreclosures -- are on the rise. Lenders sent 46,760 default notices to California homeowners in the first three months of this year, more than double the year-earlier tally and the highest in nearly 10 years, according to DataQuick Information Systems, a research firm in La Jolla, Calif. Defaults were particularly prevalent in Sacramento, Riverside and San Joaquin counties

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