The previous reading of the San Diego Case-Shiller Index was +0.29%, and the latest gave almost all of that back. December’s reading was -0.24%, making it four out of the last five that were in negative territory. But the three-month above shows that the end of 2014 was flatsville.
Bob Shiller should be checking in later with his usual whamsy-pamsy remarks, and Dr. Blitzer continues to be focused on what’s wrong – he has to be a lot of fun at parties:
“The housing recovery is faltering. While prices and sales of existing homes are close to normal, construction and new home sales remain weak. Before the current business cycle, any time housing starts were at their current level of about one million at annual rates, the economy was in a recession” says David M. Blitzer, Managing Director and Chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices. “The softness in housing is despite favorable conditions elsewhere in the economy: strong job growth, a declining unemployment rate, continued low interest rates and positive consumer confidence.