Dec 31, 2008

Home value indexes

The S&P Case-Shiller index of home values posted an annual drop of 18% (high: Phoenix -32.7%, low: Dallas -3.0%) yesterday. But what goes into an index of home prices?
  • Which geographic regions are covered
  • Property value weighting (do more expensive homes have a larger impact on the index)
  • Are appraisal values included rather than just sales transactions
  • Are houses financed with subprime mortgages and/or non-conforming loans (jumbos) included
  • Should foreclosed homes sales be included, given that they may not represent a normal transaction

Here's the Wall Street Journal's look at several different home value indices from November.

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