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Record Price Drop Forecast in Real Estate


The U. S. real estate market, already stressed by the mortgage mess, will experience falling home prices at a record rate in 2008, according to the new annual Housing Predictor national forecast.

Home prices are forecast to drop in the over-whelming majority of markets in all 50 states. Housing Predictor independently tracks more than 250 local housing markets in all states and regularly reports changes in each market place to keep visitors up to date on local market conditions. The annual national forecast is issued each year and updated mid-way through the year.

Real estate markets, especially in highly populated states, which experienced all time record high appreciation during the real estate boom will see prices plummet at double digit levels in 2008. Others will see less depreciation. The loss in average home values is expected to be the worst since the 1930ís, according to Housing Predictor analysts.

The deflation being experienced in most of the nationís housing markets is a result of low mortgage interest rates, overly creative financing provided by mortgage companies, and massive mortgage fraud on the part of both mortgage brokers and some home buyers, which has resulted in record high foreclosures. The series of issues has stalled home sales in the majority of the country after prices in many areas reached all-time highs and has resulted in slower sales activity.

All real estate markets are local in nature with their own regional economic and political influences, which drive the local market place. Some areas in the pacific north-west and in southern states will experience less deflation in 2008.

Markets that cater to second home and vacation buyers may have already bottomed out in parts of Florida and Idaho. However, Florida also has one of the highest rates of foreclosures in the nation, due in part to over building in the Miami condo market. Miami has seen more new condominium projects constructed in the past few years than in the cityís history.

Housing Predictor regularly surveys markets to keep track of local market dynamics, including businesses moving into areas and school enrollment figures, which is a chief indicator of a communityís population.

To get the details on the new annual national 2008 forecast, check local market forecasts and search real estate listings visit


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