Contrary to popular opinion, home prices have not bottomed out, according to the financial information and analysis firm Fiserv.
The firm projects median home prices will drop 11.3 percent by June 30 of next year. It predicts declines in 342 of 381 markets over the next year. Only then will prices stabilize, and rise 3.6 percent in 2011, the firm predicts.
The S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index had seemed to indicate prices had already stabilized. The composite index of 20 cities rose in May, June, and July, and home prices gained 3.6 percent nationwide.
But it now looks like that may have been a blip due to the impact of the tax credit for first-time homebuyers, analysts said. By the end of November, when it expires, the credit will have been used by 1.8 million homebuyers, at least 355,000 of whom would not have bought a house without the tax break.
In Fiserv’s latest forecast, the markets that will have the steepest declines are those with the greatest number of foreclosures. [Are these new opportunities for real estate investors?]